A Collect to Go Beyond the Fear of the Lord

Almighty God, whose lightnings flash, but whose kindness surrounds us, while you are great and powerful, let us not live merely in fear of you, but trust that you are compassionate and understanding, that we would live in the light of your love and find freedom in our bonds with you, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit in perfect love. Amen. “T hen the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’” – Matthew 24:24-25