Life Verse

fearThose of us who hang in Christian circles have sometimes heard reference to something called a life verse.  That is the verse in scripture which seems to resonate most with us in our lives.  Hopefully for most of us it is also one which gives us “life” and supports in our walk through this world.

My life verse is 1 John 4:18 (21st Century King James Version) There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.  

This verse was a gift to me from God in a time in my life when I was very fearful.  Everything seemed to be falling apart and I had no idea what I should do.  This verse reminded me that I was loved by my creator even if it feels no one else does.  When I grab for that perfect love it calms the torment in my heart.

When we were children we were afraid of the dark but grew to understand the dark was not we feared but rather the unknown.  What we could not see and understand brought fear.  When we could see and understand the noises of the night they no longer held our imaginings of terror.

Today I saw some stories on the internet about some fear reactions to the recent terror attacks in Paris and Beruit.  Police shot an innocent man carrying an electric razor, someone burned a mosque and a Muslim woman was attacked in a public place with violence and threats.

These are the reactions of fear and of the unknown.  When people don’t take enough time to learn about the things they fear then innocents often become the target of their fear.  When an approach of love and caring is used these situations do not happen.

I am very sad about what has happened to many innocents in many parts of the world, particularly the present situation with ISIS but I want people to stop long enough to learn what they are really afraid of.  It is important to look at those who are attacking us and understand what their fear is but even more important is our own fear.  We are not afraid of a group of people but rather of the the torment that could be brought upon us by loss of our way of life, of  what makes us comfortable.

Holding out our hearts and trying to fill them with perfect love will begin to calm the fear because perfect love looks at all the points of view and seeks a solution which is right and which gives life.

May the Divine help us all to live in perfect love.

 

 

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About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises, I work as an "Associate Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and soon to be, spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 20 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. My own passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director. I am studying with the Ontario Jubilee Program. This new field I believe puts all my talents with people into one place which and may​ become something I can continue into retirement. Supporting people is what I do best. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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3 Responses to Life Verse

  1. Reblogged this on Cathy Lynn Brooks and commented:
    Great post on fear.

  2. Reblogged this great post.

  3. pamecrement says:

    This is a great post on fear at a time when it is looming large as the world seems to be coming apart and violence is happening in so many places! Thanks for sharing this, Cathy! This is a great reminder!

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