December 17, 2017

Shepherds:  Joy, an Antidote to Fear

Professor of Old Testament, Walter Brueggemann says that the Christian faith is about that two word admonition: "Fear not." Years ago in Chicago I heard him engage a group of us clergy.  He asked us to recall a time when, as children, we were frightened: maybe lying in bed, sure that the shadows on the wall were of a dark monster and the bumps and creaks on the stairway were the portent of something dreadful. He asked us to imagine calling out to our father or mother, who would appear and take us in his or her arms and say, "Everything is all right. Don’t be afraid. It will be all right" That, Brueggemann says, is what faith is about.