The Salem Tidings

From the Pastor’s Desk


 Note from Pastor Paola:

Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Luke 2:10

Can you guess what the single most often repeated message throughout the Christmas story is?  We may think it would be “Come and Adore” or “Go Tell it on the Mountain”, but NO, it is not.  The number one message is “Fear not”.

Zechariah, who is terrified by the news that he will become the father of John the Baptist, receives a message from the angel saying: “Don’t be afraid.”

The angel comes to Joseph to tell him, “Don’t be afraid” to take Mary as your wife and become the earthly dad of Jesus.

When Mary is terrified by the news that she will have a child at a young age with no husband, an angel comes to her and says “Do not be afraid.”

The shepherds who were afraid by the glory of the Lord that was shining around them, see an angel telling them “Fear not.”

How can we not be afraid?  This week we remember the first anniversary of the tragic Waukesha Christmas parade.  The memory of the fear and dark terror of what happened that day is still in front of our eyes.  How can we not be afraid of all that is happening in our community and around the world?

Some may try to not be afraid by avoiding all that may bring fear to them: emotions, images, news.  Suppressing all that creates fear and anxiety doesn’t work. Actually it will increase it and will also cut us off from experiencing life and joy.

What did Zechariah, Joseph, Mary, and the shepherds do when they were afraid?  They surrendered their fears by putting their lives completely in God’s hands.

The Light is about to come into the world.  We can feel our fears, we can name them, then we can bring them to God, and let Him lift them up.



Pastor Paola