Sunday, January 29, 2017
Verse Three ...
For sins of heedless word and deed, for pride ambitious to succeed, for crafty trade and subtle snare to catch the simple unaware, for lives bereft of purpose high, forgive, forgive, O Lord, we cry.
One of the great lessons of Jesus is "Do not fear." It is one of the most oft-reinforced exhortations from Christ, the words perhaps varying, but the message essential to the nature of Christianity itself.
One of the things many fail to notice, if they even notice this theme at all, is that there is no implication that there is nothing TO fear.
This is what it means when it is said that religion is a comfort.
Today, I realized these things, and I also asked myself, "In the void where fear might have been - what are we to do instead?"