A prayerful response to Matthew 1:18-24 O God who empowered Mary and Joseph, You continue to whisper to us “Do not be afraid.” Yet sometimes we struggle to hear your voice amidst all our anxious worry. God, help us name these concerns of our heart— inviting you into our current state— so that we would find some courage and relief in your Spirit’s abiding presence. May we not deny our struggles and fears but persevere with your grace and peace. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.