December 6, 2012
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Genesis 15:1-6  (NIV)

After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.  But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?”  And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”   Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.”  He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”  Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. 

“Do not be afraid.”  Here are those words again which reappear in the scriptures 350 times according to some scholars.  It seems that so many people to whom God offers something new, from Abram to Mary, must be given this assurance.  God must think it very important that we the children of God get this message.  And haven’t we repeated these very words to our children when they were fearful of the dark or frightened by something new?

I have come to believe that it is not money that is the root of all evil, but rather fear.  Accumulation of money is just one of our many naïve schemes and unsuccessful attempts to assuage our fears of not having enough, enough security, enough things, enough happiness.

Perhaps this Advent as we prepare once again to recognize the promise and presence of Jesus in our midst, it is time for us to ask ourselves what good in life is fear keeping us from accomplishing?   Are we ignoring a call,” something new in our lives for which Jesus would assure us, “Do not be afraid.”   Is fear blinding us to Emmanuel, God with us?  Could Marianne Williams be right that “Our greatest fear is not that we are powerless. Our greatest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure?”

Peace,

Eunice

Eunice Cheshire, Founding Director
Eunice Cheshire, Founding Director

 

About The Author:

My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 27 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?

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