On this first Sunday of Advent, Melissa acknowledged that there is so much in our lives, in our world, to be afraid of. We are not in control of the world. We are vulnerable beyond our imagining. Somehow though, God is at work in this Apocalypse.
She told the story, among others, of John Donne, who had fallen ill and was isolated, dying from the bubonic plague. Sick and alone, he wrestled through his fear, and then he prayed, “Give me a fear of which I won’t be afraid.”