What does love have to do with ending a pandemic?

If we’re feeling there’s little we can do to contribute to healing the world’s ills, it’s worth considering the power of love impelled by God, all-powerful divine Love itself. Eric Nelson shares some insights he’s learned about Love’s healing power.

By the time I arrived at my apartment, the only thing I could do was collapse on my bed. I was suffering from a variety of flu symptoms and desperately wanted to go to sleep. But before I did, I called my mom and asked her to pray for me.

This was nearly 25 years ago, and I don’t recall all the details of our conversation. I do remember, however, how comforted I felt as Mom assured me that I had been made in the image and likeness of God (see Genesis 1:26, 27); that God, divine Spirit, was both the source and substance of my being; that God loved me.

Shortly after hanging up, I fell asleep. When I got up the next morning, I was completely well and have never since had the flu.

Looking at this experience in the context of the current pandemic, I’ve been asking myself if it’s not only a deeper appreciation of God’s love for us that holds the key to ridding the world of this disease, but also a more consistent commitment to love one another – that is, to be sure that our thoughts of others reflect God’s thought of us.

The commitment to love others can be seen these days in the selflessness of frontline workers and the kindness of neighbours helping neighbors. Yet, how often do we think of such expressions of love as hinting at something even more powerful – powerful enough to bring about physical healing?

What’s required of us, then, is to not only acknowledge the supremacy of God, divine Love, but also to see others and ourselves as Love’s essential expression, naturally and inevitably inclined to love. Continue reading on the Christian Science Monitor webpage