Annoying calls?— respond with love


The calls were infrequent but disturbing. There would be obscene remarks or a chilling silence when I said hello. Occasionally a disarmingly friendly voice would say, "Remember me? We met at...," but I had never been there and had no idea who was calling. There was no set pattern to the calls, so I never knew what to expect when I picked up the phone. No truly permanent solution to the problem appeared as long as I reacted with anger or fear, or tried to deal with the situation on a purely human level. Freedom came through prayer—through understanding that God alone governs man and that true peace and security come from Him.

When I realized that I was forever perfectly safe in the Father's care and that nothing but good could touch my real being because God is good and good, in reality, is all, I began to relax and to take the calls in stride. I would answer the phone with a loving tone and simply hang up if the call was not legitimate. Instead of slamming down the receiver and mulling over the situation with indignation, I would quietly affirm that God, infinite Love, was expressing Himself in man, and that both the caller and I were governed by Love.

The words of a hymn frequently came to mind:

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More love on a small planet (Part 1)
April 16, 1984

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