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Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of Dec. 23, 2001

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  • Adam DeBaugh
    Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of Dec. 23, 2001 Merry Christmas! ********** As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press, here is a meditation from The
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      Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of Dec. 23, 2001
      Merry Christmas!

      **********

      As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press, here
      is a meditation from 'The Road to Emmaus,' a book of
      daily meditations written by and for the LGBT community
      of faith. This meditation was written by R. Adam DeBaugh.

      Please feel free to forward this to your friends.

      Luke 2:1-14

      Patrick was young and very little. He sat with wonder in
      his eyes as he listened to the Christmas story in the second
      chapter of Luke. Great peace and joy seemed to come over
      his little spirit as he listened and all tension left him.
      When I finished reading, I asked, �How did you like that
      story?�

      �It�s the best!� Patrick was emphatic, yet calm and at peace.
      The story had made such an impact that I had to ask, �What�s
      so good about the story for you?�

      �Be not afraid,� Patrick answered. �That�s the best part.
      We were afraid and the angel said, Be not afraid. We don�t
      have to be afraid ever again.�

      I asked Patrick what kinds of things he might be afraid of
      as this year draws to a close. He said, �Getting sick,
      being alone in the dark, not having friends, not doing good
      in school, stuff like that.�

      In his simple, innocent, unsophisticated way, little Patrick
      hit the nail on the head! The meaning of Jesus� humble birth
      in a rude stable in an obscure corner of the Roman Empire is
      �Be not afraid.�

      No matter what our fears, today�s Gospel message echoes
      down the centuries to speak to us: �Be not afraid.� Like
      little Patrick, we are comforted with the knowledge that
      Christ has come to bring �peace among those with whom God
      is pleased.�

      Blessed Savior, thank you for coming to us with your divine
      message of grace and peace. Thank you for having your
      angels comfort and assure us, saying, �Be not afraid.�
      Amen.

      Grace and peace,

      R. Adam DeBaugh and Kevin Stone Fries
      Chi Rho Press

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