As we become aware of our fears, we can hand them over to God so that we can truly experience the grace God affords us. We can begin to live by faith, not by fear. The wonder of the Bethlehem journey is not only in the arrival; sometimes, the wonder can be revealed when we embrace the journey and decide to take a first step of faith, just like the shepherds. They had to be willing to leave behind their fears and their cares and step across the hills and valleys that were awaiting them on the way to Bethlehem. Our lives are no less fearful or arduous. We have our hills and valleys to navigate. But God has offered us the same good news: Come and see what God has done!
—Todd Outcalt, Let Us Go Now to Bethlehem: Daily Devotions for Advent and Christmas (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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The angel said, “Don’t be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you—wonderful, joyous news for all people.”
—Luke 2:10 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
God, the One who has brought all things into existence, I welcome the lessons and love—expected and unexpected—you will bring today.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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