This Advent I've had the experience of being a reader for Meredith's next book. I've done this before on other books she's written, but this time her writings about the Jewish roots of my faith led me to a new understanding of the importance of worshipping fearlessly. Reading about how forms of worship have changed and how rituals developed made me realize what kind of world Jesus Christ was born into - a world of lightness and dark, a world where he sought to bring peace.
He challenged many, teaching that there are both public and private ways to worship God and that's why we, as humans, need to be careful about judging each other. Those who may appear to pray most earnestly in the pew next to you may be thinking about the last episode of Heroes!
Yet, on the other hand, He taught us that truly worshipping God fearlessly means being willing to have our motives questioned, to take risks, to follow a path that others may not understand. It means following the teaching to love our brothers and sisters in Christ and treat them as equals. It means not worrying as much about what others think of us in this world.
May we all choose to worship fearlessly as we celebrate in joy this Christmas, acknowledging God's great mercy and love as we strive with hope to follow His will in our lives.