Love and Terror

We were made for love.

We were made for love, not terror.
Terror screams the supremacy of fear at us, Love whispers that Jesus reigns.

We were made for love, not terror.
Terror swallows up our voices, Love is patient and listens.

We were made for love, not terror.
Terror shoves and prods, Love guides and shepherds.

We were made for love, not terror.
Terror sheds blood with a demand to conform, Love gives an invitation and empowers one to choose.

We were made for love, not terror.
Terror is not concerned with humanity. Love says, “you were created in the image of God”.

We were made for love, not terror.
Terror comes to kill, Love came to die.

We were made for love, not terror.
Terror violates any and all, Love respects any and all.

We were made for love, not terror.
Terror always humiliates and shames, tearing down. Love is humble and honors, building up.

“Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious, doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about. There’s no arrogance in love; it’s never rude, crude, or indecent—it’s not self-absorbed. Love isn’t easily upset. Love doesn’t tally wrongs or celebrate injustice; but truth—yes, truth—is love’s delight! Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what. Love will never become obsolete.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

By Mary Katherine Burbach