Advent 2009

December 10 – Thursday of the second week in Advent

Today's thought

Jessica Watson’s attempt to be the youngest person to sail non-stop and unassisted around the world has captured the imagination and admiration of many people. It is indeed an extraordinary venture for one so young. And people everywhere wish her well and pray for her safety. http://www.jessicawatson.com.au/  

In facing the power of the oceans Jessica has also had to face the power of her own fears. In her case, even with the support of family and friends, she faces those fears alone on the high seas.  People living with agoraphobia face theirs just stepping out their front door. Little ones will face fear when they enter the school yard for the first time next month. Parents face fear attending seriously ill children.  Fear is part of life.  On the one hand it may alert a person to danger, on the other fear can prevent a person having a life at all.

Scripture  

Do not be afraid, Jacob …. I will help you – it is the Lord who speaks – the Holy One of Israel is your redeemer.
- Isaiah 41:13b-14

Prayer

God of the universe, source of all love, look on your people so often becalmed by fear.  May Christ your holy servant, who faced down death, restore to the human heart the hope that conquers our destructive fears. We ask you this through Christ our Lord. Amen

Poetry extract 

There are things of which I may not speak;
There are dreams that cannot die;
There are thoughts that make the strong heart weak
And bring pallor to the cheek  
 - From “My Lost Youth” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow