The Wisdom of Advent – Learning to Wait
Week 4: Peace.
The beginning of Luke’s gospel contains many descriptions of people who wait. Zechariah and Elizabeth wait for a child (Lk 1:5-25), the angel Gabriel appears to Mary at the Annunciation (Lk 1:26-38), and the angel appears to the shepherds to tell them of the birth of Jesus (Lk 2:8-20). All these people receive a message from God, and each has a common theme – don’t be afraid; something good is coming.
Fear seems to be a universal human response to the unknown. Throughout the Bible, God frequently tells us not to be afraid. Consider reading some of these stories and see if any of them bring you peace or calm the fear you may be carrying.