A Gator Through the Window? Do not be afraid.

"There is no need to be afraid" 

Matthew 10:31
Jeremiah 20:10-13; Psalm 69:8-10,14,17,33-35; Romans 5:12-15; Matthew 10:24-39

Do not be afraid

As the saying goes, “It’s all fun and games until someone tosses an alligator in the drive-thru window.” Well, maybe that’s not exactly how the saying goes, but believe it or not, that’s how a recent CNN news story began. According to the report, a South Florida man was taken into custody after being accused of placing an order at a fast-food restaurant, taking his drink, and then pitching a three-and-a-half-foot gator through the window.

There’s not much else to note about the incident except a surprising statement from a Florida Department of Wildlife scientist. He explained there was no need for the employee to be afraid. He said it was the poor gator that was likely most frightened. -1

“There is no need to be afraid,” Jesus says in today’s Gospel Lesson. At this point in His ministry, Jesus and His friends are riding the crest of a rising wave of popularity. The crowds had turned into multitudes. Whole…

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