"The Lord God called to the man and said to him, 'Where are you?' And he said, 'I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid.'" (Genesis 3:9-10)
This is the great sadness of sin: It erects a wall of fear and alienation between us and God. God calls out to us as a loving Father, who made us and seeks only our good. Our sinful ears hear Him as a terrifying and dangerous tyrant. Sin makes us afraid to submit our true selves to His gaze, afraid that He will spoil our fun, put us in a straitjacket, reject us. And so the deep joy of life lived with God eludes us. How can we recover this joy?