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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