Do not be afraid

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, (Teresa), I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. “ – Luke 2:10  

The shepherds were terrified when “an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them.” The angel appeared to the shepherds in the fields near Bethlehem where the birth of Jesus took place.

I know I would be afraid…going along and minding my own business, then all of sudden — bright lights, strange shapes and sounds!

But then I imagine a tremendous sense of peace and wonder filled their beings as a great heavenly host of angels praised God out loud.

A member of our writers’ group shared insights after attending Breathe writers’ conference. The verse in Luke 2 was quoted and the presenter suggested filling in their own name after these ministering words, “Do not be afraid.” I like that idea.


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