Whether it is given or received, pure, selfless, and sincere love blesses, protects, and heals because it is an expression of divine Love.
I continually remind myself: “It doesn’t matter whether love is unrequited or not; it doesn’t matter what others do, say, or think, if it is erroneous, it is nothing, because only love counts. Don’t allow anything or anyone who is mistaken or any erroneous circumstance to upset your nature, because you are an expression of Love. Don’t let the purity of the love you express be adulterated, stained, or disrupted by any circumstance.”
God, Life itself, as expressed in the example of people who had a good influence on my moral and spiritual education, taught me this. It is like seeing the purity of a gem that shines in spite of the mud that seems to surround it.
Mary Baker Eddy writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “If we feel the aspiration, humility, gratitude, and love which our words express,—this God accepts; . . . ” (p. 8).
Christ Jesus longed to instill in his followers the sincere desire to change for the better, to do things right, not only through repentance but also through transformation. He said that even a little faith, as a grain of mustard seed, was a sufficient sign of sincere love, gratitude, recognition, and trust in God Almighty.
I’ve had two experiences in my life that showed me how the protecting and healing power of divine Love is expressed in its creation.
Christ Jesus longed to instill in his followers the sincere desire to change, to do things right, not only through repentance but also through transformation.
One day, I was feeling so disappointed and concerned about an unexpected situation —my husband had committed adultery for the second time, our separation, and later divorce— that I asked for a cigarette from a relative of mine who, in spite of hating smoking, had not been able to stop smoking. He looked at me with deep love and much sadness, slowly reached for his pocket and handed me a cigarette, and begged me saying, “Please, don’t let it turn into an addiction.” Instantly, the feeling of disappointment and concern completely left me. I felt an immense gratitude to God for the sincere love this family member was expressing when alerting me to the mistake I was about to make, and that prevented me from smoking. I thanked him and declined the cigarette. I have never smoked and have never again felt the urge to smoke. This happened 30 years ago.
Years later, when I became acquainted with Christian Science, I realized the importance of the precious words of the Lord’s Prayer that Christ Jesus taught us, and that is so essential in my daily life today: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;” and the spiritual sense Mrs. Eddy gave to this part of the prayer, “And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death” (Science and Health, p. 17).
Another time, seven years ago, doctors told a woman that her five-year-old daughter had leukemia (a disease she was believed to have inherited from her father and grandparents), and that she had just a few days to live.
When I saw her crying in desperation, I was moved with compassion and love toward her and the little girl. I told her that God is the only creator, the Father-Mother of all. And that He has created all very good. I explained to her very briefly that matter has no true life or existence (see Science and Health, p. 468), that from God comes only good, that we are free, and we don’t have carnal inheritances. I also gave her a copy of the Bible and of Science and Health.
She accepted these truths with faith and without objection, and asked me to pray for her daughter. I told her that God is good, the only power that exists, and that she could be absolutely certain that her child was safe under God’s care. I also told her that God never created a disease or anything bad.
That same evening the doctors examined the girl and were astonished to see her in such good health. They couldn’t believe it, so new blood tests were made. Very surprised with the results, they told the mother that the child was completely healed. Four years later I learned that the girl was still in perfect health.
In The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, Mrs. Eddy writes: “The little that I have accomplished has all been done through love,—self-forgetful, patient, unfaltering tenderness” (p. 247). And I wonder—if after all her great achievements she said, “The little that I have accomplished”—what is left for me to say? I can only say with humility and gratitude that God takes care of me, protects me, and provides everything I need for the healing practice of Christian Science, and to continue ascending in this path of light and love. The work is of God, and He is in charge of it.
I am aware of the need to know more and more about God and about myself as His daughter, and I strive to pray, being vigilant and knowing that I do not go forward alone, but with Him. I would not be able to do or achieve anything without God and His Christ because, as the Apostle Paul says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). I also carefully listen and hope for Christ Jesus’ words when he says, “By their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20). And “Love is the liberator” (Science and Health, p. 225).
Gloria Cecilia Caro Valderrama is a Christian Science practitioner and lives in Bogota.
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