“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.”
This passage from the scriptures of my faith tradition, Christianity, reorients me each time I read it to what my life’s work is about, love. Love is the basis of all the major faith traditions in our world. Love of God, Allah, Yahweh or the Divine. Love of creation. Love of self. Love of neighbor. When we are filled with love, there simply isn’t room for anything else; no room for hate, apathy, greed and especially fear. We tend to believe that hate is the opposite of love, but perhaps its fear. Fear motivates us to worry only about ourselves, to accumulate more than what we need “just in case,” to think and see our lives and our neighbors through tunnel vision.
But love, love is expansive. Love motivates us to be generous, to open our hearts and our eyes to see the entirety of our lives and our neighbors. Love reveals that we are connected and belong to one another through of the source of love. Love reveals that all people are worthy of love, all are already lovable, all need this love to thrive and all are connected in this love. One day we will proclaim, “Fear is gone, there is only love.”
1 John 4:18a, New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, New Testament
– Rev. Brigette Weier, Bethany Lutheran Church, Metro Denver Faith Leaders Caucus