This article previously appeared in Crosstalk, the newspaper of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa
Over the summer I began the task that I had long delayed of going through my books and making the hard decisions about what to keep and give away. As many of you know, such a task often takes much longer than planned. This can happen when you pick up a particular book and then begin to remember the people and the circumstances around which that book came into your possession. One such book for me was the first bible commentary that I was given back in high school; it had been inscribed with these words from the Book of Job ” Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” (Job 28:28). Rereading the inscription prompted me to ask what does it mean to fear the Lord?