Don’t we all have our list of reasons to panic this year? My list includes a pandemic that has created upheaval in my family’s work and school lives, additional family challenges and the ongoing polarized political climate to navigate.
If I listen to too much news or scroll through too much social media, I can end up paralyzed by fear and on fire with rage at how unjust the world feels at this moment. And yet when I read this prophecy from Isaiah and meditate on the context in which it was written, I remember that God promises to be with us in the worst and the best of times.
Every time the People of God were faced with captivity God sent a prophet and the message was generally the same – I am with you and among you. He never leaves us in despair.
Jesus came into a dark world during a dark time to be present with humanity. As the message translation in John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.” Jesus is here among us always. For me that changes everything.
If Jesus is among us, and I believe my role as a Christian is to do the work of Jesus, that moves me from panic to action. I can spend my days turned away from fear and towards exploring how I can practice the love of Jesus right here right now in this present moment.
Coordinator of Children’s Ministries