No fear in love

My heart is heavy tonight. As you probably know, six men died and 19 were shot in my country last night. They were shot because they were muslim and it breaks my heart because I have been naive to believe that that kinda thing would never happen north of the border in safe ol' Canada.

Like most of the world, I am extremely saddened by Trump's decision to ban immigrants from 7 nations along with stopping refugees. I know, I know NOTHING about politics and I'm no expert on terrorism but all I can think of when I think of this decision is that it was made out of FEAR. And it makes me nervous that a lot of ppl down south are going to be making decisions from a fear based mentality.

In my experience, it's hard to love when you're filled with fear. 

"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love." -1 John 4:18

I can't even begin to imagine those being turned around at the border. Those whose homes have been destroyed, those whose loved ones have been killed, those who are escaping real war. 

For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ 
-Matthew 25:42-45

It's a scary world out there but choosing fear will only give people a very narrow view of life. Choosing fear places labels on people....REAL PEOPLE with REAL stories and REAL hearts.

My prayer right now is that we would choose LOVE over may be the harder choice, but oh, it's the better choice.

xo, laura