The events in Ferguson have brought up issues surrounding violence in our relationships and communities.
While many people are looking at this from political, socio-economic, racial, and other perspectives, it’s important not to overlook the spiritual needs.
An early 20th-century theologian, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote in her book “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”: “No power can withstand divine Love.” Divine Love, the Love that the Bible says is God, is a great untapped power that can help solve the challenge of violence in relationships and communities. It’s a life-changing power, a community-renewing power, a relationship-healing power that is usually overlooked, or dismissed, in our concerns about these issues.
The power of Love is central to the original Christianity of Jesus. Jesus left two great commandments: Love God with all your heart, and love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments, he said, everything hangs.
Nothing can sever us from this saving Love. It’s only our inseparable link to divine Love that lifts us above fear and removes the effects of violence from our lives — and then allows us to love our neighbors with a powerful love that truly makes a difference.
To hear more, come to an hourlong talk at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Senior Services Plus, 2603 N. Rodgers Ave. in Alton.
Maryl Walters is a national speaker coming to Alton to talk about the Power of Love to Heal Violence in our Relationships and Communities.