Scripture: Matthew 1:20
Reflection: At the end of a long and uncertain year, I hear in this passage a timely word as we wait out this season of virus and divisiveness, as we pray for resolution, grieve over divisions and work for justice, fatigued in our yearning for certainty and peace. The word here is, “do not be afraid.” The hope of the world was born in unsettling circumstances, his earthly father was faced with a decision either to trust in his own plans, or to walk by faith. Joseph’s life did not go as he expected it to, his future is disrupted and yet in the midst of all the uncertainty and fear, he is reminded that he is not alone- the Lord is present, to reassure and redirect. As we reflect on the miracle of Jesus and the choices facing Joseph, may we too be open to what the Holy Spirit is stirring within us, may we find courage in knowing that when we face the uncertainties of life, there is one thing that we can know, we are not alone. Do not be afraid, for truly the same Spirit is still at work within us and in the world.
Prayer: Holy One, as we walk through the days of Advent, we keep our gaze on you. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we remember that the same Holy Spirit, sustains us on our journey. We offer our fears and uncertainties to you Lord, trusting in your sovereign love to guide us, to meet our needs today and all our days to come. Amen.
Author: Marina Luckhoo, Faith Community Nurse
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