Love and Fear Dance Together
Today I read this post on Christine Sine’s blog. It was a great post and a wonderful addition to the recent synchroblog on Christianity and Immigration. At the end she quoted this poem by Michael Leuniq:
“There are only two feelings Love and fear There are only two languages Love and fear There are only two activities Love and fear There are only two motives, two procedures, two frameworks, two results. Love and fear Love and fear.”
As soon as I read this I had this picture in my head of love and fear dancing together. I thought about the Christian life as being a journey from fear to love. There’s a long phase of the journey where love hasn’t totally conquered fear yet, and so they dance together for a while. Sometimes love leads, and sometimes fear leads, but hopefully over the course of the journey love leads more and more often until one day fear is completely transformed and Love is all there is. I’ve been sitting with this picture all day.
Here’s a little something I wrote in response to all these thoughts:
Lord, I reach out to you in my darkness and there is fear.
I speak to you in my pain and there is fear.
In me is fear, around me is fear, from me is fear.
I am fear.
But, Lord, you reach out to me in my darkness and there is love.
You speak to me in my pain and there is love.
In you is love, around you is love, from you is love.
You are love.
Perfect love drives out all fear.
And your love begins to dance with my fear.
And slowly, ever so slowly
Fear is driven out by love's dance.
And you begin to whisper,
“Come, and do likewise!
Reach out your hand in love towards those in darkness
Speak out in love towards those in pain
Drive out fear from all places where it has made its home.
Be love to the other, as I have been love to you.”
Rejoicing in the journey - Bethany Stedman