Love knows no barriers

After World War II, I was involved with aid to individuals in countries that had been devastated by warfare. My work included finding those who had been displaced because of the war. But my efforts in this endeavor were blocked by the iron curtain. All communications with friends behind it had been cut off. Still, I knew that Love knows no barriers, and so I prayed for inspiration and direction.

One day I was reading the first chapter of Genesis and was arrested by the seventh verse, which reads: "God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament." Subsequently I was prompted to look up the word firmament in the Glossary of the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. I found this enlightening definition: "Firmament. Spiritual understanding; the scientific line of demarcation between Truth and error, between Spirit and so-called matter." Science and Health, p. 586. Elsewhere the textbook states, "Understanding is the line of demarcation between the real and unreal." A study of these passages helped me to see that the only true line of demarcation was spiritual understanding. Earlier on the page just quoted, the textbook states, "Spiritual understanding, by which human conception, material sense, is separated from Truth, is the firmament." Ibid.., p. 505.

How far does our love reach?
January 13, 1986

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