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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.