Editorial? Do not be afraid

Mixed with the joy and anticipation of this Christmas season are discordant themes of uncertainty. Financial crash. Corporate bailout. Rising unemployment. War in Iraq and Afghanistan. Transition in political leadership. Yes, the fear factor is high?a profound variety spoken of in many American homes, schools and businesses. And whispered in the quiet places of our hearts.

Amid current events that cause us to tremble in the darkness, what better time to hear the words of the angels that first Christmas: ?Do not be afraid. I bring you news of great joy that will be for all people. Today, in the town of David, a savior has born for you; he is Christ the Lord.?

Circumstances have changed in 2,000 years, but the truth of that announcement is still good news. ?DR

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