Godwords. That is what a colleague, Kim Korinek, was talking about on her blog a few days ago. She said, "Just about everyday, I list a handful of defining words about God. For a time, understanding God didn't really appeal to me. I didn't see the connection with the great I AM to my daily life - of having friends, enough money to cover rent and other necessities, and of school and work. But slowly, I came to realize that it is our concept of God that gives us the parameters of our world view - that our world is as big as our God..." I have a similar practice. Each morning when I wake up, before my feet touch the ground I give myself a few moments to pray. This first prayer of the day is totally God-centered and allows me to consider God's infinite nature in some fresh, inspired way. I ask God to give me a word, a name, a "Godword" to help me take my understanding of God deeper and farther than before...
One morning my Godword was Love. I looked at the unlimited, unrestricted nature of God, not just as loving, but as the Love itself that fills every corner of the universe. I could see that God, as Love, isn't dependent on anyone or anything. Love doesn't categorize or qualify someone as deserving His love. Love sees in us only that which is worthy, valuable, good and spiritually true. Love loves like the sun shines. And divine Love leaves no one out of its Love-light. Love shares its power with its creation, us, by creating us to reflect this infinite Love. We are all purpose built to love, purpose-built to be loved, loving, lovable and lovely.
As I went deeper and deeper into this universe of Love, an internal voice piped up. It said, "Oh, yeah? What about Woody Allen?"
"Oh, Woody Allen," I thought. "I don't know. I have read too much in the press. I don't really like Woody Allen." Then I thought, "Wait a minute! You are supposed to be praying! Why are you even thinking about Woody Allen!?!"
And back to praying I went. Love. Mary Baker Eddy, an inspired writer on the things of God and man, once wrote, "Love. What a word! I am in awe before it. Over what worlds on worlds it hath range and is sovereign! the underived, the incomparable, the infinite All of good, the alone God, is Love." (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 249) I could actually feel my capacity to love growing in me as I allowed my understanding of God as Love to wrap around and extend to the farthest reaches of all being. It was a priceless moment. And then...
"Do you love Woody Allen?"
I used to get away with saying, "I know that God loves so-and-so," and just leave it there. But if God is Love and I am His image and reflection, can I only be a partial reflection with limitations to my love? I sincerely tried to kick Woody Allen out of my prayer. I was getting uncomfortable with the idea that I was going to have to drop my personal opinions and open myself up completely to Love. And just when I was getting mental push-back full of "Yeah, buts", the internal voice said, "If being able to help someone feel loved by God and to find a healing through prayer depended on your being able to love Woody Allen, would you do it?"
That stopped me flat. "Oh, my. I love Woody Allen, " I declared.
It took a few moments to catch up with what that meant, but I soon saw that the question of love isn't ever about someone's life-story or merit. Love isn't about someone else. It is always about us, the one reflecting the love. Was I going to accept that anyone or anything could limit my capacity to reflect the Love that is God?
I hadn't realized it, but I had apparently always reserved the right to hold a negative opinion of someone, even if it was completely wrong, until that view was proven to be false. Suddenly, this was no longer an acceptable attitude to me. Was I going to allow a lack of love, even for someone I have never actually met, to prevent me from being a clear transparency for God's healing love? I was suddenly in awe of the capacity to love that was in me. I dropped the opinions and fussing about this person and that person and found the freedom to have a bigger love.
I hopped out of bed and located a DVD someone had loaned me that I had never watched even though it was on a subject I was generally interested in. It was a Woody Allen movie. I had set it aside because up til then I hadn't particularly cared for his films. (So sorry, Woody.) I popped it in the machine and watched the whole thing. It was good. I was surprised to find that I really liked it. I now am sure that I love Woody Allen and I like at least one of his films. This is huge. Infinite even.
I am convinced. There are no limits to divine Love. Nothing can withstand or resist it. Love heals. It healed me. It will heal you, too. No one is left out of Love's love. Not me, not you, not Woody Allen.
Love you, Woody!
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I have practiced Christian Science professionally in
some form since 1979.
But my journey with
Christian Science started
in a Sunday school
where as a young child
I was taught the Scriptures and some simple basics
of Jesus' method of
scientific Christian healing.
A significant experience
at the age of twelve
opened my eyes to
the great potential
of this practice.
After impaling my foot
on a nail,
I prayed the way I had learned
in Sunday school.
the pain stopped
and healing began.
By the next morning the wound had disappeared completely.
the great potential
of Christian Science,
there would be no