We are living into the season of Advent, a season that invites us to slow down, to take deep breaths, to wait and listen as we anticipate the coming of Christ. This service we spend time with Mary who received news from the Angel Gabriel that she was to bear a son. The angel’s words, “Do not be afraid,” are words that are repeated over and over again throughout scripture. What did Mary make of those words? What do they mean to us as we move through this Advent season? How do we take them to heart and what difference do they make in our own lives that are so often touched by anxiety and fear?
Scripture passages: Isaiah 11:1-10; Luke 1:26-38