Luke 2:10 ‘But the angel said to them , “Do not be afraid. I bring you news of great joy that will be for all the people.”
An angel of God announces to the shepherds of the pending birth of Jesus, the first response to the angels was Luke 2:9 ‘and the glory of the LORD shone around them and they were terrified.’ Perhaps there are signs around you today that may terrify you, or give you a deep level of anxiety. Holy Scripture shows such closeness between ‘great joy’ and being ‘terrified.’ On their own the shepherds felt great fear, be reassured by God today as he says in Hebrews 13:5 ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’…….look for the shining of God’s glory around you….in your family, in creation, in your church…..take off the filters of anxiety….’great joy’ is waiting for you. You are God’s precious creation. May God’s abundant blessings rest over you.
Prayer. Holy Father, our true God, thank you for the love and joy you bring us, please pour out your love, grace and mercy over all reading this mail and encourage those under anxiety and fear, of your great glory and joy. Please heal and restore Debra, Trish, Kevin, Michelle, Gill, Charlotte, Chad, Fr Stanley, Lidia and baby Mia. Amen.