We don’t trust love enough

We would rather reject love and embrace fear and hate

instead of allowing our hearts to be open to the possibility that love has the capability to open the door  to true transformation

We don’t trust love enough

Trusting means to let your guard down, to strip away your false securities, judgments, prejudices and reveal your insecurities

Trusting is opening your life to someone that possesses the ability to hurt you in your frailty

We don’t trust love enough

We are too afraid, too settled in our familiar, our comfort, and our convenient space to step outside of the known and dip our souls into the unknown. We are scared of getting to know others that do not look like us, that do not think like us, that challenge our long-held beliefs, our systems and our policies

We are fearful of embracing our differences

Failing to understand that our differences are cause for celebration, for mutual respect,

understanding and growth

How different our lives, relationships, communities, even this world would be if just once we decided to trust love

Trust that out of faith, hope and love the greatest of these is love; Trust that it is okay to love

That love truly can cover a multitude of sins; That loving despite hate is daring

That loving in the face of violence takes courage; That loving in spite of injustice takes strength

That loving in the face of hurt takes humility

That loving those that society tells you to hate is liberating

Love is a choice. Love is not always a life of convenience. It is an action word. Loving is not sideline

living. It requires you getting in this game that we call life.

Love takes work especially when it’s easy to sit down and say that’s not my problem, why should I care, why should their lives matter?  As Thomas Merton said, “Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.”

Love is not weakness

Love is still right even when you feel wronged

Love is freedom; It is that quiet resilience in the face of opposition

Love, as Paul gracefully penned, provides us with  timeless sacred wisdom

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day,

and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr,

but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere.

So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self.

Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.

Love doesn’t strut, doesn’t have a swelled head, doesn’t force itself on others,

Isn’t always “me first,”; Doesn’t fly off the handle; Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,

Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,

Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best,

Never looks back, but keeps going to the end.

Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end;  understanding will reach its limit.

But love despite all of the finite things in this world is infinite

Therefore, trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly.

And the best of all three of these, is love.

Hannah Drake
Hannah Drake
Hannah Drake as an author and poet that offers an inspirational message that has been heard in various arenas and has performed her poetry at the Legendary Showtime at the Apollo. She is frequently asked to speak throughout the country, offering an inspiring, poetic message of hope and deliverance believing that her words will ultimately be used for true transformation. In 2014 she joined Roots and Wings, a dynamic group of artists that seek to bring social change within their community. Hannah is the author of several collections of poetry and two novels.