Do Not Be Afraid

The words, “Do not be afraid” ring like an echo throughout the birth narrative. We hear them when the angel(s) of the Lord:

Tells old and fearful Zechariah, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.” (Luke 1:13 NIV)

Announces to the young and troubled virgin Mary, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.
You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.” (vv. 30-31)

Appears to a group of outcast and terrified shepherds, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” (2:10-11)

And thankfully, those words continue to resound in our day and time. When we’re faced with circumstances that threaten our peace and joy, we hear that same promise from our Lord, “Do not be afraid.” And those words are enough to calm our fears and restore our joy.

Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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