Advent 2: P E A C E

GOD MEETS US IN OUR FEAR

Second Sunday of Advent  Luke 1:26-38 | Isaiah 11:1-10

When the angel Gabriel comes to Mary, she is perplexed and confused and no doubt, afraid. And yet, the angel’s news is: “Do not be afraid.” Do not be afraid.  We hear this refrain all throughout the Christmas story and remember it is the most common phrase in all the bible. 

From generation to generation, God shows up in the midst of our fear and uncertainty and confusion. 

From generation to generation, faithful people have said “yes” despite apprehension. 

From generation to generation, our ancestors in faith have accepted the invitation. 

The prophecy in Isaiah paints a vision of what we work toward when we say “yes”: righteousness and equity reign, the wolf lives with the lamb, no harm or hurt shall destroy the earth, a child shall lead the way.