Fear is the knowledge of ourselves in the presence of God’s holiness. It is the knowledge of ourselves in His love, and it sees how far we are from being what His love would have us be. It knows Who He is and who we are!
Thomas Merton, No Man Is An Island
‘Rat!’ [Mole] found breath to whisper, shaking. ‘Are you afraid?’
'Afraid?' murmured the Rat, his eyes shining with unutterable love. 'Afraid! Of Him? O, never, never! And yet - and yet - O, Mole, I am afraid!'
Kenneth Grahame, Wind in the Willows
...the fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring for ever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true
and righteous altogether.
Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord,
a God feared in the council of the holy ones,
great and awesome above all that are around him?
It is possible we've done too much of recent years to make God seem cosy and friendly in recent years. God is not our Facebook friend; he is the creator, and judge, of all that has been made, and his mercy in Christ is everlasting.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner...