Making Space – An Advent Devotional


No Longer a Slave to Fear

As a mom, I tend to worry. A lot. But after nine years on the job, most of my worries pale in comparison to when I was a brand-new mom with my newly-minted firstborn. I was constantly on edge. Was he hungry? Were the bottles sterilized? Did he need a diaper change? Was he breathing?

Now, for a moment, imagine being in Mary’s shoes (or, more likely, dusty, worn-out sandals). A barn for a delivery room, a trough for a crib, an inexperienced young husband for a midwife – and the Savior of the World for a son. Talk about a perfect recipe for concocting fear!

Ironically, this baby didn’t bring on fears typical of a first-time momma. He brought deep, unshakeable joy and peace to Mary – and brings the same to us today. He brings us into a relationship with the Father. He replaces fear with faith. Sometimes, the journey getting there is painful. But when you’re not bound by fear – fear of failure, fear of people and of circumstances, fear of rejection, fear of judgment, fear of you-name-it – you become who you were created to be.

I’m no longer a slave to fear. I am a child of God.


Heavenly Father, oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to You in prayer. Yes, Lord, I bring my fears before You. Take those fears and replace them with a forever joy. Amen