“Do not be afraid, Mary.”
Thursday, December 2, 2021 by Barbara

Have you read up on the latest covid strain? Have you heard rumblings of war in the Middle East? Has the national debt worried you? Have personal concerns made you fear for your family? Fear swarms around us looking for opportunities to inflict its sting, but Christmas offers us a unique insight into fear. Its story gives us glimpses into lives that chose faith by walking away from fear. Today we’ll look at Mary in words penned by Luke.*

The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.

But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”

The words Mary heard were unfathomable, incomprehensible, nonsensical. The abrupt appearance of an angel was enough cause for Mary to fear, but then his words increased her reasons to be afraid. Mary could have run, but instead she listened—and believed.

What was the outcome of Mary’s refusal to fear? She submitted—to news she could not comprehend, to circumstances that would turn her life upside down, to a radical change of plans. And the world has never been the same.

We are not Mary. The call on our lives is not as significant, but the lure of fear is. Let’s trust our lives to God as Mary did and see what God will do in us and through us.

Our Savior has come. We need not fear.

*Luke 1:28-30, 38a

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