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Dag Hammarskjöld wrote:

It is when we all play safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity…

It is in the “dark shade of courage” alone that the spell can be broken.

God is the one who refuses to play it safe and risks all.  On the cross we discover the dark shade of God’s courage, as God takes the risk of loving and refusing to stop loving.  It is profoundly costly, but breaks the spell and offers a different way.  By contrast our limited love, our desire to play it safe, means that little ever really changes.  Our fear of the old insecurities means the old insecurities continue to hold sway and history continues to repeat itself.  Can we, dare we, discover the dark side of courage, stop playing it safe, put no limits on our love and take the risks of new ways of being that just might offer our world the hope of justice, reconciliation and peace it most desperately needs?