Reflections for Sunday, December 4, 2016: Don’t Panic — Mary’s Perspective
The Incarnation is the place… where hope contends with fear. –Kathleen Norris, cited in Christianity Today, December 6, 1999, 49.
A Prayer to avoid the Panic: O most loving Father, you who will us to give thanks for all things, to dread nothing but the loss of yourself and to cast all our care on you who cares for us: Preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, and grant that no clouds of this mortal life may hide from us the light of that love which is immortal and which you have manifested unto us in your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. –William Bright [1824-1901], hymn writer, professor, Oxford University
O Little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie.
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light;
the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.
—O Little Town of Bethlehem, words by Phillips Brooks