It’s Christmas Eve morning. The lights of the tree glisten, soft music plays in the background. As is my tradition and in order to prepare my heart for Christmas, I’m sitting with a cup of tea reading the Bible chapters of the story of Jesus’s birth.
Every year, I’m struck anew by the points of both fear and obedience. Several times, angels say “Fear not” or “Do not fear.” And I smile because the only reason to speak that encouragement is because there will be reason to humanly fear.
Malls, craft fairs, web stores, and many other places are busy with people either trying to find the perfect gift for someone they love or looking for something to add to their own wish list. Online retailers make hopeful promises that orders will arrive in time for the Christmas celebration.
After years of living under lies and fear, I have found truth and victory in God.