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But the angel said to him: "Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.
But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people."
For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."
Christianity Today Advent Calendar compiled by Susan Wunderink