Love is not so much the opposite of hate or indifference as it is the opposite of fear. It is fear which gives rise to hate, indifference, and insensitivity, and also to isolation, loneliness, and uncertainty.
“Perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18).
Love embraces, reassures, and opens us to one another and to the world.
It is possible, even though the possibility sometimes seems remote and unlikely, to be loved for who we are, not merely for the work we do and the roles we play.
The capacity to love and be loved depends on vulnerability.
Vulnerability calls for courage, risk, and trust.
We know love’s strength most fully when we are most empty.