“Don’t Be Afraid”
O God, when you communicate your will and way to us—whether it be through the living of our lives, through the thinking of our thoughts, through the dreaming of our dreams, or through the praying of our prayers—help us not to be afraid.
When you communicate your will and way to us through your messenger—whether it be through your Spirit, through your proclaimers, through your Book, or through your creation—help us not to be afraid.
After all, why should we be afraid? Should we be afraid of your communication to us of your will and way just because you turn our world upside down, just because you reverse our preconceived notions, just because you challenge our sense of right and wrong, and just because you call us to sacrifice our pride?
O God, even as we ask you to communicate your will and way to us and to empower us to be open to them, we beg you…help us not to be afraid.
“But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:20).