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               1 Corinthians 13:13  But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love. - The Holy Bible - "Love is the self-givingness of the Spirit through the desire of Life to express Itself in terms of creation. ... Love is a cosmic force whose sweep is irresistible." - The Science of Mind

    
In "The Science of Mind" Dr. Holmes cautions us not to think of God as just Principle ... but to realize that there is a warmth and color to Spirit that permeates all things.  When we pray or speak our treatments, the more love we feel for the things that we pray for, the more grace we will experience as our prayers and treatments demonstrate in our experience.  Love is powerful ... patient and kind ... and each of these attributes of Spiritual Love is very important for us to recognize as we seek to experience more of God ... more of the Good.

     When we turn from illness and affirm Health, we can realize that the Love of Spirit desires for us to demonstrate Health.  When we feel frustrated with our financial condition and turn from this frustration and instead realize that the Love of Spirit has given us the desire to experience financial increase, we can know that the way will open for us to experience the increase.  It is this Love of God that gives us the Good desires that enter our minds ... and it is the Love of God that moves through Law to bring forth our Good as It works through our faith, hope .. and love.  It is Love that agrees with us when we seek the Good ... and it is Love within us that springs forth in our mind as faith and hope.  As Dr. Holmes writes, "Love is the self-givingness of the Spirit through the desire of Life to express Itself in terms of creation."  Our desires to create more Good in our experience is God seeking to express this Good.

     "Love is patient, love is kind" ... and in these words we realize that we do not have to fight or resist that which appears to obstruct our Good.  As we wait for the unfoldment of our Good, we can wait patiently knowing that the Presence of Love works silently and powerfully to perfect the Good that is ours.  Patient persistence in our desire to experience our specific Good gives our consciousness a definite direction in which to work.  Whatever it is that we choose to experience, we want to experience it with peace of mind, joy, and happiness ... and Love brings these qualities into our demonstrations.  There would be little satisfaction in demonstrating financial increase if we were afraid of losing what we had gained ... but Love gives us the peace of mind so that we can enjoy our Good and increase it to a greater measure even still.

     This past week in California the State Supreme Court overturned a ban on same-sex marriage.  Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco led the movement to bring this decision about.  What struck me as the most interesting about the Court decision, was not so much the decision itself, but the reasoning for the decision.  Keep in mind that this is a very conservative Court.  The Court said: 
"In contrast to earlier times, our state now recognizes that an individual's capacity to establish loving and long-term committed relationship with another person and responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual's sexual orientation, and more generally, that an individual's sexual orientation - like a person's race or gender - does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights."  

     The California Supreme Court decision compared same-sex marriage to interracial marriage.  It was not until 1967 that the United States Supreme Court overturned individual state's bans on interracial marriage.  "Love is patient and kind" ... that case too was hard fought by both political and religious factions who were against it.

     I received a message declaring that "I am so sick of these liberal activist judges creating law" ... but the truth is, these were not "liberal activist" judges but are conservative judges.  And to me, this is even greater evidence that this is a "decision whose time has come."  "Divine Love" was at work here ... there is no doubt in my mind about this.  The Court's decision was filled with the Power of Love ... it was not merely a statement of law ... but in the Court's written decision, there was compassion, empathy, and understanding ... all of these are from the Power of Love within.  Those who are motivated the the love of power ... seldom connect with the Power of Love that was at work in this decision.

    
As each of us contemplate Love's part in the Good that we seek ... and understand that everything Good that we can imagine for ourselves, Love wants us to have ... our prayers, spiritual treatments, affirmations ... take on the warmth and color of Love ... working through Law ... to bring forth our Good through our faith, hope ... and loving patience and kindness ... and we too, will experience the Power of Love Triumphant!

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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