Betsy Hoium - December 24, 2021

Moving from Fear to Joy

Moving from Fear to Joy | An angel comes to Mary with big news of a child that will be born, starting the conversation with “fear not.” Similarly the angels announce the birth of the Christ Child to a group of shepherds, beginning this joyous news with “fear not.” What is it that we fear this Christmas season?

Scripture References: Luke 2:1-20

From Series: "The Light Shines in the Darkness"

As the season of Advent begins, we transition away from the narratives that have shaped the history of God’s people, leading us ever closer to the revelation of Emmanuel - God with Us, experienced in the person of Jesus who is to be the savior of the world. We recall the words that started this story, “in the beginning” and we find ourselves on the precipice of another beginning. The fourth Gospel is to be our guide and John starts by reaching back with us where, “in the beginning,” an invitation to a new pathway comes. Ever since God’s breath moved the waters, animated the earth, and inspired us to life, the Word was there. And now the Word moves us again. The prophets spoke of this moving Word, the animating Spirit, and the on-going Creator. Listening to Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, we are drawn away from the places we might find ourselves stuck and we’re offered a renewed promise that God loves us too much to leave us there. The darkness will not remain, and despair will lose its footing. Death is not the end and what has been missing will return in abundance. God is coming and our fear will be replaced by joy.

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