I spoke with someone on the phone last night who put on a brave front but faced some serious health issues and there was fear in their voice. Fear of the unknown, fear of their limitations to control events, fear of their own inadequacy, all can lead to despair. But there is this promise that “perfect love” drives away fear. C.S. Lewis once wrote, “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” When we are battling human emotions that debilitate us it is hard to believe any promise that implies hope but there it is – “perfect love drives out fear.” The promise of ‘perfect love’ does not come in a human form but from our Creator who loves us perfectly. There may be people in your life right now who are afraid. You may not be able to love them perfectly but you know someone who does – you know the power of the promise. Today does not need to be a day to fear but to be grateful in advance of what the Creator can do through the power of love. I sometimes like to think of prayer as love in a concentrated form – it is not so much talking and telling as it is listening and responding to the love that God wants to give us. Rely on the promise – let perfect love cast out fear.