“Get Up and Do Not Be Afraid”
On the one hand, O God, it is natural and appropriate that our reaction to an encounter with you be a reverence so overwhelming that it stops us in our tracks.
On the other hand, O God, it is necessary that we experience the touch of Jesus—the touch that reminds us that you are both the awe-inspiring God of heaven and the gracious God of the Incarnation.
Thank you for knocking us on our faces and stopping us in our tracks.
Thank you for helping us back up and putting us back on the path.
“When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, ‘Get up and do not be afraid.’ And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.” (Matthew 17:6-8)