Do not be afraid

Daily reading: Matthew 1:18-21
Wednesday December 30, 2015

Focus passage: As he was thinking about this, an angel from the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the child she carries was conceived by the Holy Spirit.” Luke 1:20

The angel says to Joseph “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife.”  Do not be afraid to do something bold and compassionate.  I have read that there are 365 verses in the bible that say “do not be afraid.”  I haven’t checked to see if it is true, regardless of the accuracy, it is a familiar line in scripture and one we need to hear again and again. 
We often allow our fears to hold us back from fully following God.  God invites into the unknown and says; do not be afraid to do something.

Prayer: God of grace and peace, God of Word made flesh, we receive your arrival with joy, eagerness, and wonder.  As we ponder and pray our way through this Christmas season, we still sit in the mystery of your coming into our daily lives.  You come to redeem us from all that is incomplete, unworthy, and broken in ourselves and in our world.  Amen.


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