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Please read Luke chapter 1 especially verses 5-38 in your Bible.
I was listening to the radio a few days ago and I heard a story that is supposed to solve all of our nuclear waste problems. It seems that through genetic engineering, scientists have developed a bacteria species that is not affected by radiation. In fact, these bacteria are able to eat nuclear waste. Now I really can't recall how this solves anything because the bacteria themselves would then become radioactive. At any rate I began to think that the DNA of those bacteria would have to extremely tough and resilient to withstand being bombarded by nuclear particles. The environment would be highly toxic and damaging, but somehow the bacteria would be able to survive. Not only would the bacteria survive, it had been designed to thrive in those adverse conditions. That's some amazing DNA engineering.
Last Saturday I was at an assembly that our Presiding Bishop H. George Anderson addressed. He mentioned that as Christians we don't have spiritual DNA but rather BNA. In the passage you read, the angel Gabriel appeared first to Zechariah and then to Mary. In each instance, they were terrified at the sight of this angelic being. To Zechariah the angel said, "Be not afraid for your prayer has been heard." To Mary the angel said, "Be not afraid for you have found favor with God." God was with them and telling them, "Be Not Afraid," or BNA.
Often times our world presents us with circumstances and situations that are deeply adverse: work piles up, our day takes unexpected wrong turns, people hurt us, we stupidly hurt others, or occasionally something unspeakable. Yet through all of this we are not destroyed by the bombardment of adversity that comes our way even though we are often teetering on the edge of the abyss. Then as we peer down into the darkness, an angel who is any messenger of God (not only the heavenly type) whispers in our ear, "Be not afraid. Be not afraid for your prayer has been heard - for you have found favor with God. Be not afraid. The Lord is with you."
In your prayers ask God to send angels your way who make the pronouncement, "Be not afraid." Pray also that God will use you as an angel in someone else's life this week.