An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
Luke 2: 9-10
We forget that God is right there, waiting for us to turn to him, no matter how dire our situation. And we forget the reassuring words of his messengers: “Fear not.” If we really trusted in God, these words would never seem empty. Instead, they would remind us that God always seeks to draw close to us– even, as the Psalmist writes, in the depths of hell.
….the ability to hear the angel’s words, “Fear not!” can only be given to a surrendered heart, one that knows itself to be held in the palm of God’s hand.
~Johann Christoph Arnold from “Be Not Afraid”