Psalm 46: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. * * * * * * * * Luther spent a chunk of his life fearing his father. He spent agonizing days fearing himself. Flogging himself in remorse, he spent months fearing God. A mentor of Luther's feared for Luther's life and sent him away to little town, small university and the study of scriptures. God chased Luther and loved the fear out him. Grace does that. Grace turns fear into a puny enemy who still has weapons but that is all. All fear has is the ability to suck the life out of us and leave us exposed and empty, useless and ugly. Then the Grace of God shows us what it can do. * * * * * * * In the cross of Christ, we see the power of love. Amen.