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Only Love Will Cast Out Fear

October 2, 2017 by

Early this morning I turned on the news to catch the headlines and was shocked and deeply troubled to read of yet another tragic mass shooting, this time at an outdoor concert near the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, which now totals over fifty, and with hundreds wounded. Thousands more concertgoers are reeling from the nightmare they’ve just suffered through.

The street next to Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas; the site of the shooting

My wife and I are also praying for the first responders, who amidst terrible danger risked their lives to help others. We’re thinking of the emergency room staff who had to triage the overwhelming trauma and reassure the wounded, and bring love, comfort, and hope to families stunned by loss.

As we grapple to take in the news of the deadliest mass shooting in US history, fear can easily paralyze our hearts. Along with the devastation caused by recent hurricanes and earthquakes, there is much to trouble our hearts.

All the more, let us hold onto the message of the angels who spoke to the shepherds at that first Christmas: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:9–11). Let us turn in faith to Jesus; he can give us a peace that passes all understanding.

In the midst of fear and suffering, let us be all the more determined to reach out to one another in love with a message of hope, because perfect love casts out fear.


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Paul Winter and his wife Betty

Paul Winter

Paul Winter serves as the Elder of the Bruderhof. He lives with his wife, Betty, at the Maple Ridge Bruderhof.

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  • Thank you brother Paul. We think and pray God for all those innocent people who were killed in attacks and war on earth. I believe that we need God help us to learn to respect and love each other. Yes the love will win and will save the world. The love is stronger than hate. Today we remember our dear brother Christoph Arnold again. He always taught us that we could break the cycle of the violence through forgiveness. We may not love each other but we need to respect each other. So much violences let our hearts to return to God. May he be with us and protect all of us.