Do Not Be Afraid

Angels in the Bible almost always appear saying, “do not be afraid,” presumably because encountering an angel in the midst of ordinary life is scary.

But the world is scary.

Perhaps the biggest message heaven has for earth is this: do not be afraid.

The pathways fear makes for us leads almost inevitably to violence. Emotional, Spiritual… and physical. Directed inwardly and outwardly. No one wins in a world driven by fear.

As I find no words today and no ways forward for peace – any words I offer feel too hollow, too little, and too late. So I will quote the only words that have made sense to me today and I will try to begin them in my own heart: do not be afraid.

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About Andrew Kukla

I am the proud father of four wonderful children, loving husband to Caroline, brother to three mostly wonderful sisters, and son of two parents that gifted me with a foundation of love and freedom. I also am a Presbyterian pastor and former philosophy major with a love of too many words (written with many grammatical errors and parenthetic thoughts), Soren Kierkegaard, and reflections on living a life of discipleship that is open to all the challenges, ups and downs, brokenness and grace, of a chaotic and wonderful life founded upon the love of God for all of creation.

Posted on November 14, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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