Week 4 Fear Notes

“It is rare that we ever truly behold another person’s fear’ bc people mask it.

“God is not cricitizng us for being afraid in a world haunted by so many terrors and traitors. I hear Don’t be afraid and hope that it is not a command no to fear but rather thhe nurturing voice of a God drawing near to our trembling.” p. 83-84

“Perhaps it is not the indictment of God we are sensing but our own souls turning against themselves” p. 84

“ I wouldn’t dare criticize Christ in the garden—sweating, crying pleading for God to let the cup pass from him.p. 84 This is a Christ who knew fear deeply.” My God, My God why has thou forsaken me….Or my soul thirsts for God,

“faces of fear” Past: memory and trauma, present unfolding: Pain and survival, the horror is here “nothing less to wonder but how much the horror will take form you.” p. 84

Future: abandonment, embarrassment, death, loss: the most hidden because we don’t admit these become about anxiety and control Coronavirus clung to work when we needed rest and our rhythms tend to get more and more disjointed the more we try to control Psalm 23 p. 85

“God does not bid us courage as we might perceive it. Instead, he draws us through fear’s essential sister, rest— assister who is not meant to replace fear but exist together in tension and harmony with it.” p. 86 Fear can be life saving, just don’t let it run your life 

You will not go blind. I will not let you go blind. It’s a vow that I rationally know she is incapable of making, yet this promise will still hold me if my vision goes and I come to the end of seeing before I am ready.” p. 89

“I do not consider deeply whether her vow will be kept; rather my practice is to rest in the love that compelled her to make such a promise.” p. 90Julian of Norwich Speaks of not safety but of Love

Fear communities convinces you the path is NOT love, but violence. “”Tyrants thrive in communities of fear…They’ll promise safety, power, belonging to those who require hope to attached to a person.” reverence is rooted in fear NOT integrity p. 91

Shiprah and Puah rebel with Tenderness, with babies p. 92

“Who will tremble with you?…Who will put you to sleep?…You are not foolish to fear…we’re all shaking” 

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Author: katyandtheword

Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant for 7 years, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ. She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible. "Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal. Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one.[66] Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times. "Hallows, not Horcruxes" Harry Potter

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