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Finding true love

A Christian Science perspective.

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June is the proverbial marriage and anniversary month. And if you follow the advice columns, it seems as though one of the most difficult things to get straight in life is love.

Looking back on my own life, there were a few times when love was anything but happy, particularly when my prior marriage was crumbling. More than anything, I was confused, angry, and emotionally exhausted as I watched the promise of a happy life together dissolve. Professional success in the marketing departments of prominent employers had come my way, but somehow, I hadn't managed to satisfy my yearning for a quiet and happy home. It wasn't that I didn't enjoy meeting people, but I couldn't seem to find the right person.

Fast-forward a few years. I met a man on a community task force through my work. One Sunday, he invited me to a service at his church. I'd never been to a Christian Science church before, and it was a different experience for me. What struck me was a palpable, enveloping sense of love.

As in many Christian Science churches, these words of Mary Baker Eddy's (she founded Christian Science) were on the front wall. They seemed to come alive when I read them: "Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. 494).

Divine Love seemed to speak so tenderly to my ragged emotions. I felt a deep peace open up inside. Sitting there, I realized that God is Love, in a way that I had never seen before. This statement from the Bible became a reality for me: "We have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him" (I John 4:16).

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