The other day I was praying about the idea of “unconditional love.” After a lot of restlessness and distraction, I was finally still. Gently I felt God respond, “Unconditional love is not waiting to love, but approaching each situation with love.” Read more
This weekend my church headquarters is holding its annual conference. The theme of the meeting is “Christ calling us together.” Since being here in Boston there has been such a sense of alertness, engagement and you can feel the effect of people praying along the lines of Christ calling us together.
During the Wednesday church service, people stood up and shared healings they had through their study of the Bible and a realization of the wonder and greatness of God (and God’s Mothering love embracing them and giving us all that we need each moment). In addition to this, members of the congregation shared how they felt support from one another and that the prayers offered to the congregation each week had a profound healing effect on their lives. It was very moving.
Last night my husband and I were locked out of the friend’s house where we are staying. It was a chilly night and we were praying to see that “all things work together for good” as the Bible tells us (Romans 8:28). After 45 minutes or so, their neighbor came home. Even though he didn’t know us or have any proof we were who we said we were, he invited us into his home. We spent an hour and a half watching the basketball game with him on TV and chatting about various things. After awhile we saw that our friends had returned and we went home.
I had such a spiritual sense of God taking care of us -–of the Christ truly calling us together – that I knew it was divine providence.
I love the universal definition of Christ that Christian revolutionary and healer, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote in the late 1800’s:
Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to man speaking to the human consciousness. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 332)
This message from God to man speaks to you and me. It keep us on the straight and narrow path that enables us to live a fulfilling and satisfying life with God. This message is pouring into the thoughts and hearts of all men, women and children. And it is an amazing thing when you can feel and see your community embodying this message of good and consciously expressing it.
“In reply to your question, ‘Should difficulties between the United States and Spain be settled peacefully by statesmanship and diplomacy, in a way honorable and satisfactory to both nations?’ I will say I can see no other way of settling difficulties between individuals and nations than by means of their wholesome tribunals, equitable laws, and sound, well-kept treaties.
A bullet in a man’s heart never settles the question of his life. The mental animus goes on, and urges that the answer to the sublime question as to man’s life shall come from God and that its adjustment shall be according to His laws. The characters and lives of men determine the peace, prosperity, and life of nations. Killing men is not consonant with the higher law whereby wrong and injustice are righted and exterminated.
Whatever weighs in the eternal scale of equity and mercy tips the beam on the right side, where the immortal words and deeds of men alone can settle all questions amicably and satisfactorily…
The government of divine Love is supreme. Love rules the universe, and its edict hath gone forth: ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me,’ and ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself’…”