10 December 19.

This world works almost completely by fear. We are encouraged to be afraid that our speech and thoughts will lead to us being shamed, sacked, and cast out: even the most famous among us fears, for they know that the foundation of society is broken, for they were involved in it.

We are called deplorable for our faith. Worms. Not fit for polite society.

But God calls us not to fear.

Isaiah 41:14-20

14 Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel!
I am the one who helps you, declares the Lord; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
15 Behold, I make of you a threshing sledge, new, sharp, and having teeth;
you shall thresh the mountains and crush them, and you shall make the hills like chaff;
16 you shall winnow them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the tempest shall scatter them.
And you shall rejoice in the Lord; in the Holy One of Israel you shall glory.

17 When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst,
I the Lord will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
18 I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys.
I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.

19 I will put in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive.
I will set in the desert the cypress, the plane and the pine together,
20 that they may see and know, may consider and understand together,
that the hand of the Lord has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.