June 8, 2021
Good afternoon.

” There is no fear in love, for perfect love casts out all fear… the one who fears is not made perfect in love ”                   1 John 4:18

Alfred Hitchcock was a horror film director. Much of the fear was off screen. It was what you could not see that made it scary. I watched only two of his movies, Psycho and The Birds. I watched Psycho at university, and I was scared to go into the shower for a few weeks after watching the film. I watched the Birds on TV. I think about it every time there is a big swarm of birds in the air.In the movie the birds ( crows ) attack people.

Yesterday, I was attacked by a redwing blackbird. I was walking on the trail in Elmira. I stopped at a tree to look at a bird. Then, I began walking, and the bird swooped down over my head. He stopped at a tree down the trail. I walked past him/her, and again she swooped down next to my head. He stopped in a tree just ahead of me again. As I passed her/him, for the third time he swooped and I could hear her wings go by my ear. A little bit scary, and the Birds movie flashed inside my head .Fear. Fear. Why is this bird dive bombing near my head ?

I know I have fears that prevent me from being perfect. I have learned that the people of Breslau have fears for their safety, and they lash out at Council, staff and the people at risk. It strikes some fear in me, if our Township makes a decision that they do not like. Fear leads to more fear. We are seeking to move out of fear, to a place of love and security. Where is this place ? Fear does not allow us to love.

In First John, the letter is love. He writes to invite people to love in spite of their fears. He mentions the word love more than anything else. I wish I could, or God would, take away my fears. I must put them on the table, looking for a new love feast everyday. 


( Please be in prayer for the Woolwich Township Council meeting this evening. May love and empathy abound. )
Soaring like Vultures

lifted up by unseen Hands

Trust, silent enters my fears     Monica Pieper Landoni 2021