Unselfed Love

abby-hillmanIt’s Valentines Day and what a great day to explore the idea of divine Love.  Here to share some inspirational food for thought with us is Christian Science Practitioner Abby Hillman.

Crystal Lake Camps’ metaphysical theme for this year is a beautiful promise for Valentine’s Day, or any day of the year:

“Whatever holds human thought in line with unselfed love, receives directly the divine power.”

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 192)

There’s a lot of hype this time of year to celebrate romantic love and even lust – as though either of those were the apex of human experience.  But as most people find at one time or another, the only expression of love that is truly satisfying and lasts forever is unselfed love – because it doesn’t depend upon another person returning the love or necessarily even knowing it is our loving thought or gesture that blesses them.  It’s just loving for love’s sake.

It feels good because it’s an honest expression of divine Love.  Love’s love pours out on us and through us when we love like this.  And it doesn’t just feel good, it also brings with it the divine power to heal and to lift up morally and spiritually.

I was reading up on St. Valentine, about whom very little is reliably known.  But most accounts suggest that he was jailed for secretly marrying young couples at a time when Christian marriage was illegal.  His jailer had a blind daughter and asked Valentine if he’d educate her, which he willingly did.

Apparently Valentine and the blind girl struck up a sincere friendship, and had some deep conversations about God and faith.  During one of these conversations the girl said she’d like to be able to see, so her kind friend prayed with her and she indeed was healed and was able to see from that time on.  What a great example of unselfed love receiving directly the divine power!

I feel certain that there have been many healing events like this one through the centuries, springing from the selfless loving acts of individuals who intuitively grasped that God is all-powerful divine Love.  I feel immensely fortunate to live in a time when divine Love can be reliably turned to for physical and moral healing, because Christian Science shows us how to do it.

I’m going to spend my Valentine’s Day, and beyond, taking every opportunity I can find to pour out unselfed love.  I invite everyone reading this to do the same – maybe keep a log of loving thoughts and acts, to keep true love the objective of every day.  Happy Love-day!

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