I hope the three short experiences I am about to relate will inspire you as they did me. As you’ll see, the message they carry is powerful enough to bring even physical healing.
One morning on a busy street in Manhattan, New York City, I was moving furniture out of our apartment into a rented cargo van. I was struggling with a 5-drawer metal filing cabinet when a well-dressed man of Latino decent stopped, put down his briefcase, and helped me lift the file cabinet into the van. He gave me a smile, I thanked him, and he cheerily walked away.
The next day around 10 p.m. I was moving furniture out of the cargo van into our storage unit. I was holding a large wooden end table with an electrical cord that was stuck under something in the van. I yelled to my wife on the loading dock, but she had her hands full. Then out of the dimly-lit sidewalk appeared a clean-cut black man. He said, “Let me help,” crawled into the van, lifted something off the cord, then helped me carry the table to the loading dock. I said thank you, and he walked back to the sidewalk and was gone.
In the third instance, I was loading furniture into the van behind our building at night when one of the janitors, with whom I was acquainted, appeared and started helping me carry the pieces of furniture and boxes to the cargo van. He went with me back to our apartment to get another load and spent 30 to 45 minutes working with me. Based on his accent, I guessed he was of Russian descent. I offered to pay him, but he waved me off, and before heading back into the building, he said, “Glad to help; you have been friendly to me.”
I felt uplifted by these men, inspired by their willingness to help–by their unselfishness. They didn’t ask about my political views, my religion, my views about their race or ethnicity or what they could get from me if they helped. As I thought about this experience I said to myself, “Yes, we are all brothers and sisters, children of ‘Our Father’ (as in the Lord’s Prayer given to us by Christ Jesus). We are all God’s children.” Recognizing this idea has brought profound healing into my life.
Our Father of the Lord’s Prayer loves His children with a universal love. Like the sun, God’s love shines on all. Jesus said, “Fear not little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32) Jesus’ words and actions illustrated this point of all-inclusive love over and over. He cured those that were looked down upon by Jewish society of the day. For example, he healed the suffering daughter of a woman of Canaan, and commended a Roman officer for his great faith when healing his servant.
He asks us to do the same–to love others as valuable and worthy not because they are the same race or religion or political party as we are, not because they are physically attractive, but because they are God’s children. He saw man as lovable and loving because he saw God as universal Love, the tender and merciful Father of all. I like the way Mary Baker Eddy, Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science says it: “God is universal, confined to no spot, defined by no dogma, appropriated by no sect. Not more to one than to all, is God demonstrable as divine Life, Truth, and Love; and His people are they that reflect Him–that reflect Love”. (Miscellaneous Writings page 150)
It has been my experience that living an all-embracing, unselfish love to a greater extent than we have before, brings practical good into one’s life.
For ten years I carried around a large bump on my back. Finally, I came to realize that I was also carrying around a good deal of resentment toward a person that had wronged me consistently.
For several days I prayed earnestly, seeking to understand how I could love this person. Then I began to understand more fully how God’s love for me was caring for me and that this love would never stop. Following this came a clearer view of how God loved this other person as well.
The remembrance of the wrongs done were replaced with a higher view of the nature of this person. I became aware that the wrongs were done out of ignorance. Over the next several days the bump drained away, and in the five plus years since then, my relationship with this individual has strengthened greatly.
Eddy also writes (Miscellaneous Writings page 107), “More love is the great need of mankind. A pure affection, concentric, forgetting self, forgiving wrongs and forestalling them, should swell the lyre of human love.”
Originally published in New York Spirit Magazine, @nyspirit