“Fear and Wonder”

“Fear and Wonder”

Date: September 4, 2022

by Marcia Mount Shoop
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

“You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
You and me.

Fear is awareness of danger.
Fear is awe.
Fear is reverent humility
and the gift of awareness
when something could do harm.

Wonder is astonishment,
Marveling, admiring
A wash of amazement,
An infusion of the miracle
of infinite unknowns.

This is how we are made
Fearfully, wonderfully.
Full of wonder, and full of fear.

You and I are made for amazement.
We are equipped with the capacity
to smell danger, to know in our bodies
when something is not good for us,
when we are on a razor’s edge.

Wonder and fear, sisters in
our sensate souls.
They tell us to look up, to dig deep,
to flee, to hang on for dear life,
to be still, to be very, very still.

And quiet sometimes from
the unknowing, from the
startling confrontation that there
is so much we can never know.

When is the last time
You embraced your
cellular wonder?
What are the contours, the subtleties
of the fear that lives in your anatomy?

What do fear and wonder feel like for you?”

Watch the full GCPC service on 9/4/22 here
(Scripture and sermon begin at 39:45)