Love: always adaptable

The Bible extends a hearty welcome to all who want to drink from the rivers of Truth: "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters." Isa. 55:1. Mrs. Eddy refers to that summons in her book Science and Health. But first she offers a comment with an intriguing word: "Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals." Science and Health, p. 13. Adaptation!

How natural it is to see her statement in the light of the prophet's invitation. Love's goodness truly is universal; it is bestowed on all. One thinks easily of an analogy: the sunshine beams down, impartially touching lives. That's a useful picture. But the comparison does have its limitations. For instance, not everyone is out in the open where he can freely soak up those sunbeams. There's more to the way divine Love blesses us than just general universal and impartial "bestowals." What about that interesting—but less often considered—universal and impartial "adaptation"? If this concept doesn't play a specific role in the way we think, something important is obscured. In fact, to skim over this crucial point may reduce the natural healing activity that flows from our expression of universal Love.

BIBLE NOTES Pullout Section
September 27, 1982

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