Fear of God
Lost the signal and cut off the end of the sermon and the rest of the service for some reason. Sorry for the inconvenience. Reflections on "the fear of the Lord" as seen in Isaiah's vision (Isaiah 6:1-8) and Simon's miraculous catch of fish (Luke 5:1-11). Here's basically the end of the sermon that was cut off: We think we're in control, as our egos tell us, but when God shows up that illusion goes out the window. It can feel at first like a loss of self, like doom, but unlike death that robs us and leaves us, God purifies us (Isaiah) and redirects us (Simon) for our good and for God's purposes on earth. God's holiness undoes us, but remakes us into Children of God and Followers of Christ. We can't make any of this happen, but we can make space for it and invite it by "putting out into the deep waters," a place of quiet, apart from the crowds, where things are still and the mystery dwells. We can "let down our nets," opening our hearts and minds to God's holy Presence. In this way we may find God filling our souls with holy abundance and partnership in the work of the Christ's reign.