Do not be afraid
Click here to watch the video of goats roaming the streets of Llandudno yesterday. It gave many of us a much needed laugh! The story seems to have brought much needed cheer around the world. But inevitably, many of us are frightened by the main news of the continued escalation of coronavirus, and its impacts on those we love. This morning we hear from Clive Addison, who has just started lambing on their little smallholding on the hills above Conwy. Enjoy this picture of a newborn lamb, greeting her first day! She’s enjoying the sunshine, closely attended by her doting Mum.
The lamb of course for the Christian has great symbolism, not least of Christ himself as the sacrificial lamb, dying that our sins might be forgiven. But this picture also shows us a lamb, safe in its Mother’s care, looking out in confidence at all the wonders the world has to offer. It is not afraid, it is not anxious, it knows it is safe.
In the world we live in at the moment, we might not be sure that we are safe. As we are told to stay indoors, practice social distancing, or even self-isolate and shield those most vulnerable from the disease, it is easy for us to become anxious about the future, and even fearful, for ourselves and for our loved ones.
Anxiety and fear are unpleasant emotions, which we can experience when we feel under threat, but the Bible tells us again and again that as we follow God, as we trust in Jesus, then we need not be afraid. This is a constant theme, we are told not to be afraid 366 times in Scripture, that’s once for everyday of the year – including the leap year!
So as we lead our lives day by day, in the very new and challenging situations many of us find ourselves in, let us follow Government guidelines carefully, let us do our bit to help those in need, but remember most of all, as we do so, we also have the peace of God and the presence of God to help us through. We are safe in his care.
For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7
Dydy Duw ddim wedi rhoi ei Ysbryd i ni fod yn llwfr, ond i’n gwneud ni’n gryf, yn llawn cariad ac yn gyfrifol.
2 Timotheus 1:7
Father God we know that you are not the source of anxiety and fear. You do not torment us with worrisome thoughts, or burden our hearts and minds with fretfulness. You are the God of peace. Please help us to give our worries over to you, and to trust in your love and sovereign care. Help us to remember you are a good God and faithful. Your peace will guard our hearts and minds.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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