Fears fill our lives. As a basic survival mechanism, the emotion of fear signals our bodies to respond to danger with a fight-or-flight response. That’s part of what keeps us safe. Living with chronic fear, however, can negatively impact our physical and mental health, memory, and brain processing and reactivity.
May these expectant, brooding days of Advent be a holy time, sisters—a time when we turn to God. Let us bring the fears and anxieties that plague our world, as well as the fears and worries we harbor in our hearts, to our Creator. May we seek the Spirit’s guidance as we work to bring about healing and wholeness in the church, the society and the world. And may our fears be replaced by God’s peace that exceeds our human understanding.
This message is an excerpt from “Giving fear to god” by Linda Post Bushkofsky, in the December 2018 issue of Gather magazine. Today is the third Sunday of Advent.
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