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2011 Note from Judy

When an angel appeared to Zachariah, he was gripped with fear. (Luke 1:11)
When the angel Gabriel visited Mary, she was greatly troubled. (Luke 1:29)
When an angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds, they were terrified. (Luke 2:9)

In all three encounters before Jesus’ birth, the angel said to Zachariah, Mary, and the shepherds, “Do not be afraid.”

There are times when circumstances happen that I can’t explain with reason, experience or imagination–and sometimes I allow myself to stay troubled. My reflection upon those repeated moments of fear–all met with the assuring, “Fear not,”–led me to an “ah-ha” moment. I considered instances of failure to recognize God’s presence, especially during times when I was greatly troubled by what I saw. It was at those time when I failed to recognize the Lord’s voice saying to me, “Do not be afraid.”

It is my prayer that I will be more aware of my Lord and Savior’s presence, especially in difficult times. Jesus said to His disciples before He left them, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.” (John 14:1)

Emmanuel.

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