This is a guest post by Nancy Jo Sullivan.
“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.” (Luke 21:25–26)
This reading from Sunday sounds so ominous: signs in the heavens and anguish among the nations. Yes, God’s power can be frightening to those who lack faith. But Jesus tells us that we need not feel terror, even when we are tossed by the roaring seas of life.
“Be not afraid.” That’s what Gabriel told young Mary when he delivered his heavenly message that she would give birth to Jesus.
Mary, though troubled by God’s plan, did not faint in terror. Instead, she sang a song of joy: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”
On this first Tuesday of Advent, give all your fears to the Lord. Don’t be perplexed or troubled by the uncertainties you face. Just close your eyes and imagine an angel whispering, “Do not be afraid.”
Embrace God’s power as Mary did.
Sing a song to your savior.
Nancy Jo Sullivan is the author of Small Mercies: Glimpses of God in Everyday Life. She is a frequent speaker at both the local and national levels. Sullivan lives in St. Paul, Minnesota and blogs at NancyJoSullivan.com.