What a strange time this is for Advent. We have recently been unnerved by attacks in Paris and follow-up raids across Europe. There was a shooting in San Bernardino California on December 2. Politicians seek to score points with threats of retribution and guarantees of safety. Fear is a natural response to feeling threatened. How might we as followers of Jesus think and act in response? I do not have “the answers” to what should be done. I am reminded of the verse in 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear;…” The writer calls us to abide in love. That invitation sounds difficult when we are afraid – and I’ve wondered if that’s when the rubber hits the road.
Needless to say, this is a difficult time. Let us consider how we are called to posture ourselves and what we might do in love.
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