To Injure No Man But To Bless All Mankind.
Mary Baker Eddy
Happy Valentine’s Day
February 14, 2012
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Caught up in Love
It wasn’t until I read something on praying about demand and supply that the light bulb finally lit up: I already have the full and complete supply of all those terrific God-reflected qualities, and I don’t have to wait for a person to come along and provide them for me. And not only do I have them in abundance, they are a supply for someone else’s demand—the perfect balance. As the Apostle Paul says in Second Corinthians: “For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality” (8:13, 14).
I thought about that list of qualities I was looking for in that special someone: friendliness, kindness, caring, intelligence, a sense of humor, thoughtfulness, generosity, perception. The list went on and on, and as it got longer I realized that these were qualities that I had been trying to express more every day. There it was. I got the message that I actually had everything I felt I needed but didn’t have.
That’s great, I thought. I have it all. But what about that hug I need and what about having that special someone say, “I love you”? Someone’s hand to hold when I go for a walk—the human touch. Can’t I have that, too?
Of course! Here’s what came to me: I also needed to realize that it was my job to be “importunate” about seeing these qualities expressed humanly in my experience. That word importunate is one of my favorites—meaning being insistent, refusing to be denied. Mrs. Eddy writes in The People’s Idea of God: “Silent prayer is a desire, fervent, importunate” (p. 9). Divine Love expresses every one of these beautiful qualities through each of His ideas. He doesn’t love one of His children more than another, or give to one and not to another.
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