Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Fear of the Lord

FEAR OF THE LORD may be more easily understood as . . . . . AWE.

“Awe is an intuition for the dignity of all things, a realization that things not only are what they are but also stand, however remotely, for something supreme.
Awe is a sense for the transcendence, for the reference everywhere to mystery beyond all things.

It enables us to perceive in the world intimations of the divine... to sense the ultimate in the common and the simple; to feel in the rush of the passing the stillness of the eternal.
What we cannot comprehend by analysis, we become aware of in awe.”
Abraham Joshua Heschel
Thank you for passing on this wonderful quote, Melissa.

1 comment:

Daniel said...

Good quote by an outstanding thinker!
I believe that Abraham Joshua Heschel was one of the most significant Jewish theologians of the 20th century. Here is one of my favorite quotes by Rabbi Hescel. "A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair."

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