‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.’


“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.'”—Luke 2:8-10

The presence of God shows up not during the gaiety of the day but during the uncertainty of the night. The dark seasons of our life make us vulnerable and more prone to fear. These were shepherds who tended sheep during the night shift. Darkness was part of their familiar routine, and so the unexpected appearance of light invoked fear. Could the light of hope be showing up in our darkest hour but instead of joy we are experiencing fear? Are we more accustomed to darkness than light, to the extent that the hope of light invokes hesitation?  We must not be afraid to embrace the light for it comes with good news that will cause great joy.





Donna Coletrane Battle is a spiritual practitioner focused on justice as it relates specifically to intersectionality and spirituality.  Donna is a mother, wife, sister, and friend who also coaches leaders, pastors those without a pastor, partners to cultivate healing in relationships, and is the Chaplain at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.

About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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