Luke 2: 1-20
Reflection—v.9-10, ‘they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid…”’
Changing priorities and life-rhythms is terrifying. The way our brain works is that it tends to focus on the worst case scenario when change is imminent. At Mercy, when we first shifted from hanging out with very little structured programming to having a more scheduled day, I thought it would be the death of me—too many things to organize, too much prayer to lead, too little time to stick to the new plan and break up fights. It never crossed my mind that we would become more peaceful and loving. And yet we did! It was uncomfortable at first—some did not like the change, we had to adjust to new teaching schedules, we had to get accustomed to new ways of using our space—but it was worth it. I wish I had been reminded, like the shepherds, ‘Do not be afraid!’
God of glad tidings, help me to hear your gentle voice, coming like an angel to my anxious heart, speaking softly and true: do not be afraid.