A guest post written by Diana Colarossi from San Juan Capistrano, California
We live in a universe where everything is unique and individual. Even things classified as the same or related can be very different. But all too often these differences are portrayed as division and individuals are offered two choices to remedy this division: conformity or conflict. Sometimes it feels like unity isn’t even possible.
My mother-in-law had such an experience – when she embraced Christian Science, she encountered strong opposition within her own family. This difference led to division and a period of estrangement from her parents. During this time, a friend shared the following quote with her from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, who was the founder of Christian Science.
“One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself;’ annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.”
My mother-in-law read and thought about this quote quite a lot. Within several months, she, her husband and baby ran into her parents while shopping. It was a lovely meeting. Nothing was said about the previous differences, the division just dissipated and never returned. Even though my mother-in-law practiced a different religion from them, this difference no longer divided them. God’s love for His creation was corrective and unifying.
I like to read and acknowledge the truth about this quote as a form of prayer for our nation and world – especially with the idea of unifying men and nations. A loved quote from the Bible in Psalms supports this powerful idea: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” I encourage everyone to uphold the idea of God’s unification, instead of giving weight to the never-ending wars on the news, to promote peace in the world and with your neighbors.