We’ve all been on both sides of the counter–especially at Christmas. Whether we’re holiday shopping for loved ones, preparing meals, or otherwise doing our best to make the season special, fears and frustrations abound.
Some fears are small: Will our loved ones like the gifts we’ve bought? Will we run out of mashed potatoes? Others are larger: fear of a diagnosis, fear of conflict, fear of being alone.
The promise of Christmas is not that scary things won’t happen. The promise is that a Savior is coming who will teach us to be light unto one another.
“Fear not,” the Christmas story tells us. There is much to fear, but you are not alone.
This message is an excerpt from “You are not alone” by Sarah Carson in the December 2018 issue of Gather magazine. Today we remember Francis Xavier, missionary to Asia, who died in 1552.
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