The feeling of love, of being loved—this is the effect that reading Channing Walker's "Love without conditions" in the September 4 Sentinel ["Unconditional love"] has had on me. It so touched my deepest yearnings that I went back through the last half of the article, crossing out all referecnces to "we," "us," and "you," and writing above them "I" and "me," turning it into a truth-affirming prayer, a specific treatment for my need to feel loved.

This exercise led me to open my Bible to I John 4:19, and to find there eight simple words: "We love him [God], because he first loved us." As Mr. Walker's article points out, "First of all, God. Begin with divine Love. Love loves you [and me] unconditionally ... and that empowers you [and me] to have the same kind of love for Him. And for your [and my] neighbor. And for yourself [and myself]." Is not this a clear description of the Christ Science?

The quickening Spirit
October 30, 2006

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