The encouragement to not be afraid runs throughout the Christmas story.
“Do not be afraid, Zechariah, I have heard your prayer…” — Luke 1:13
“…Don’t be afraid, Mary, for you are favored by God.” — Luke 1:30
“Don’t be afraid! I bring good news of great joy!” — Luke 2:10
There is great power and comfort to be found in the articulation of solidarity. Loneliness is scary. It’s why some choose to stay in abusive relationships too long, and why people sleeping rough often do so in groups.
The powerful draw to be with others impacts our decisions everyday, for better or for worse. At Kelowna’s Gospel Mission, we echo the Christmas cry of “do not be afraid, for we are with you” as we surround those in our care with a loving community. We don’t always get it right, but we stumble forward in our imperfection.
May you all know the “with-ness” of God’s great love for you this Christmas season, and may you spread it to others.
For the love of all,