The label “Snowflake Generation,” applied to those presently in their teens and early twenties, is not entirely unearned. Twenty-year-old Tiffany Zhong conducts research about young people. She polled 11,000 people in that age bracket, as she related to their “growing unease with doorbells.” 54% of respondents agreed, “Doorbells are scary weird.” Tiffany explained, “Doorbells are just so sudden. It’s terrifying.” Oh dear. What will poor Tiffany do when the smoke alarm goes off in Mommy and Daddy’s house where she lives rent free? She’ll melt.

On the other hand, it is nice to know some young people who don’t want to live cowering in “safe-spaces” insulated from anyone or anything which might bother or upset them. Life in this world has its adversities, and we can’t always avoid them by just “not answering the doorbell.” For the child of God, we have been provided with the safe space of His grace and help in times of need. We are never alone, and we have that abiding presence of the Holy Spirit who keeps us in His care and delivers us from all our fears.

Psalm 27:1, The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?