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Day 21, Advent

Over and over in the Bible, we hear the words, "Do not be afraid."  This reflection is by Rachel Hackenberg and explores that saying a bit.  It turned that phrase on its head a bit and caused me to think about it in some new ways.  

 
Do Not Be Afraid
 
We should be afraid, of course,
to be so near to God.
 
We should be startled by the glory of God
and the disruption of angels.
 
We should be freaked. out. that God even blinks
in our direction, let alone that God dares us
to walk a new path just to see what
God can do with life.
 
“Do not be afraid; have a child.”
“Do not be afraid; leave your home.”
“Do not be afraid; give up your reputation.”
“Do not be afraid; press on through hardship.”
“Do not be afraid; face a powerful enemy.”
 
Or,
be afraid.
Be totally overwhelmed.
Be stunned and terrified, in fact,
but here’s the critical part:
 
be near to God
anyway.
 
Peace,
Laurie
Posted by Laurie Weicher at 6:00 AM
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