What about dedicating your life to sharing with the world one of the most important messages of all: "You are loved!" Are you in? This love is unconditional, because it is not human. It is divine - that is continuous, spiritual, constant, indestructible, boundless, unceasing, immutable, permanent. This love is forever present tense. The open secret of the universe is that there is love, that God is Love. Practically everything around us tells us something about this love of Love, we use the senses of Spirit and we perceive this love everywhere. And if you wonder how one can write this: perceiving love, feeling love, is a little like old-fashioned radio: You need the right frequency for your program. And this frequency is a tender spiritual sensitivity.
About ten years ago I came across a report of healing entitled "Freed from depression" by Alex Cook which stayed with me. It is a beautiful story of searching, struggling, and finally prevailing:
"I often wondered, "Who will I be when I am free from all this?" The practitioner exhorted me to have faith in my ongoing transformation. It often took strength and persistence beyond what I thought I had, but ultimately I found that I could do it. I could look forward to emerging from this experience a better man.
One morning as I was getting ready to go to work, a thought came to me that eventually led me to freedom. I had not had time to read the Bible and pray as I usually did, so as I walked out the door, I simply prayed, "God, protect me today. I need to live my life." Over the next weeks, I began to treasure the meaning of that prayer. It was a great shift to really trust God with my life. Trusting Him took my attention off the fear, and let me live life "to the hilt," as the practitioner often encouraged me to do. Instead of trying to do things "right," I began to concentrate on living with inspiration. It was like learning to fly. As the false supports fell away, I felt lifted up little by little on the wings of fresh inspiration. Sometimes it was something as simple as asking, "Does God love me?"—and immediately knowing, "Yes! He does."
With each trusting step, I began to see that the responsibility to be perfect was not really mine but God's. We only have to mirror God's perfection. Little by little, there were moments when I was honestly glad to be alive. Then those moments began to string themselves together. New people, jobs, and opportunities came into my life."
(Read the full report here.)
You can imagine my joy when I discovered that Alex Cook is an artist. I even came across his artworks, which beam with beauty, creativity, respect, artistic authority, and this very special community spirit that often artists know more about than the rest of us. You can discover more than 120 murals already, some of them under the heading "You are loved", in the US and other countries. Alex Cook was also presented as "Difference Maker" for a special feature of The Christian Science Monitor, entitled "Alex Cook paints walls, not canvas, with a message of hope and love."
A friend of mine spent her teenage years reading biographies, hundreds of biographies - to be now a difference maker of her own and writing beautiful books herself. Reading stories like the one by Alex Cook is like the reading program of my friend for me - I read reports of healing since I can read like that. Little biographies, if you will, stories about how to live a life with good. These stories are telling me something about the power of love and are teaching us an individual way how to live with love and live love. They are the true writing on the wall. We see how lives are healed, mended - and how in turn they do change our world for the better. We will be able to get meaning to our lives if we discover God as our life, too, our life being in the focus of Love. Alex Cook's life and art will unfold its own magic in this regard - discover it on www.stonebalancer.com.
"We, though, are going to love—love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first." (I John 4: 19, The Message)
Who is writing?
In my work as Christian Science practitioner and writer I draw on listening to God and listening to people.