Throughout Scripture, there are many, many reminders not to be afraid. I don’t think these words are meant to immediately bring calm. If God is a good parent, God must be aware that it doesn’t work like that. God doesn’t promise that fear will not be present, or even that there is nothing to fear, but God promises to be there.
This message is an excerpt from “Always Winter and never Christmas” by Cara Strickland in the December 2018 issue of Gather magazine. Today we remember Lucy, martyr, who died in 304.
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