awakened by desire


March 15, Wednesday 2017


Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life. –Matthew 25:45-46

Servile fear is the lowest form of religion. But a god such that there could never be occasion for even servile fear, a safe god, a tame god, soon proclaims himself to any sound mind as a fantasy. I have met no people who fully disbelieved in Hell and also had a living and life-giving belief in Heaven.

There is, I know, a belief in both, which is of no religious significance. It makes these spiritual things, or some travesty of them, objects of purely carnal, prudential, self-centered fear and hope. The deeper levels, those things which only immortal spirit can desire or dread, are not concerned at all…

The soul that has once been wakened, or stung, or uplifted by the desire of God, will inevitably (I think) awake to the fear of losing Him.

Dear God, may my fear of losing you always be tempered by confidence in your steadfast love.