One idea I’ve really enjoyed from the Lesson-Sermon this week: that Love is our protection.
Now, for starters, it’s true that this idea could come off sounding extremely wishy-washy. Particularly if it turns out that love is a sentiment. If love is only a feeling that goes from one person towards another – either between family, or lovers, or friends – then it can’t very well provide safety from anything. Or, at least, not once those people aren’t around any more. Right?
For this reason, it’s such a deeply cool idea to think about what the Bible, and consequently Mary Baker Eddy, understood about love: effectively, that it is bigger than a personal feeling, and that it is strong. The author of 1 John felt in his experience that God Himself is love, and many other author in the Bible write about their experiences of God as the great protector. One beautiful place where this is articulated is from Isaiah:
“But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.”
(Isaiah 43:1-2, New International Version)
Such an amazing idea.
Similarly, Mary Baker Eddy writes about Love (i.e. God) as a panoply, or a full protective covering – like a complete suit of armor. And she says that “…clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you.” (Science & Health, p. 571)
If Love is immense, a power, even the force of the universe known as God… then the idea that this Love could be our protection is the furthest thing from fanciful. And I know that as I keep an eye out for Love in my experience, I’ll keep becoming more aware of just how protective it is… for me and for others, including those who really appear to be in need of it.
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A note about tomorrow: the weather has been dancing around from sunny to cloudy to rainy this weekend, so we’ll be meeting indoors. Our meeting place is the Eastern Bank community room, at 687 Centre St. in JP (click for map).
We start at 10:35am, and meet for about an hour. You can also convene with us by phone: (605) 475-4000 x 636128.
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