Advent Devotion 10

No Fear in Love

By Eugina Robertson


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


Last year during Advent, after reading about seeing the world like a child hanging upside down from monkey bars, I had an interesting conversation about how most children today don't even get that experience. Many playgrounds, including the one at the daycare where I work  had them removed because they were too dangerous.  I also noticed that some other playground equipment that I loved as a child had also been deemed too dangerous, such as the small merry go rounds and teeter totters. Even some of the children at the daycare have complained, there is nothing to do on the playground but swing and that gets boring after a while . 


 I find it sad that children are growing up without the opportunities to explore the world from different perspectives and new ways.  That was the fun of playing as a child that when you grow up you can remember fondly because you will never have that same freedom to play as when you are a child. I understand the adult fears of keeping our children safe but at what cost. Wes Moore has often quoted his younger sister who said, "To me hell would be God showing me all the things I could have accomplished if I had only tried."


I pray that perfect love will cast out all fear, so we will not be afraid to try. Amen.