Along the lines of yesterday's post, I'm reminded of a moving piece from a recent Newsweek: The Love That Will Finally Speak Its Name by Loraine Barr. I hope everyone reads it, but I want to be fair and warn anyone who might be still new to the subject that it's about homosexuality.
It's the story of a woman who didn't come out of the closet until the death of her partner of 44 years. She tells of the times she lived in, and how there was really no way for her to be open through much of her life. Then, when being open became more okay, the two of them simply had the ingrained habit of staying hidden. So they were never able to publicly celebrate their union.
Kind of the reverse in some ways of what I wrote about yesterday, huh? But still similar—the context of the times causes someone to hide the truth.
My heart aches for people even now who cannot reveal all of themselves because of the context in which we live. What do people feel compelled to hide today? It might be a strongly held belief system, like creationism in a blue state or Darwinism in a red state. It might be having a psychological condition or a child in jail. It might be having a past that includes bankruptcy or drug abuse.
And the whole reason we have to hide these things is the intolerance we expect we'll receive if we reveal them. The shunning, the uncomfortable looks, the outright disapproval and rejection.
But what if it became a priority for all humanity to learn to see through all that? What if everyone learned how to see the good in others *first,* before the label or the controversy? What if we all first thought of each other as children of the Divine, created in the image of Light, the likeness of Soul? Don't you think then any other characteristic would become less important? And we'd be able to love each other where we stand?
It's occurring to me today that that's why I'm so on fire about sharing Christian Science. I think Christian Science is a great way to learn how to see the Truth about each other. It's part of the Christian Science discipline to prioritize the good as way more important than any perceived flaw. In fact, good is all we're supposed to see when the discipline of Christian Science is applied fully. The flaws, if they were flaws to begin with, become inconsequential, nothing.
If everyone did this, what a world it would be.
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