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He stood in their midst and said to them,
“Peace be with you.”
But they were startled and terrified. … 

Do not be afraid
I have shown you
how to live

I have shown you
how to pray
I have shown you
how to care
for your brothers
and sisters

why do you worry?

didn’t I tell you
time and time again
you have a Father
who cares for you

who understands you

he knows all about
he even has the hairs
your head numbered—


J. Janda

J. Janda’s poems have appeared in newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and literary publications, as well as in books of his own poetry.
The present poem comes from the Janda's book, In Embrace.
Art by Martin Erspamer, OSB
from Religious Clip Art for the Liturgical Year (A, B, and C). This art may be reproduced only by parishes who purchase the collection in book or CD-ROM form. For more information go