A Course of Love · ACOL

Love Is Not Limited

“Thus, while your partner in love transcends total knowing, this too is “how it is.” How it is meant to be. Love inviolate. Each of you is love inviolate. Yet relationally, you may be able to “read each other’s thoughts,” be cogni¬zant of the slightest switch in mood, finish each other’s sentences. You know the other would lay down his or her life for you, rise to any occasion of your need, share your every fear and joy.

“Non-partnered love also shares a knowing through relationship. The loved one may be on the other side of the country, separated by distance, or previous choices, or past hurts, and yet a relationship continues.” (ACOL, C:23.3 – 23.4)

We know much about our significant others in this lifetime. We can know much without making them examples of specialness, for specialness is forbade in A Course of Love. We get nowhere by imagining that we are partnered with only a few others, leaving out all the rest. We take nothing from our most precious partner when we expand our intimacy to our brothers and sisters.

Of course, this intimacy says nothing about sexual intimacy. And, prone as we are in our culture to think of sex, we can get confused if we don’t spell out the difference. Intimacy is love of the highest magnitude, and we don’t have to single out individuals in a “special” sense to bestow this love upon them.

We share with others at a distance through psychic means, though Jesus does not spell this out in the quotation for today. We do communicate across the miles, though, and we form love relationships that are lasting. Once we have loved, we never give up that love. And that is the way love is intended to be.

We are in relationship with all others, all of our brothers and sisters. And when we realize that we don’t have to make these individuals “special” in our own sight, we have taken a giant leap forward in our understanding. We take nothing away from those closest to us by loving all others. When we love with a deep love, we know that there is enough love to go all around.

Prayer

Dear Father,

Be with me today as I seek to love the ones whom I encounter. May my interaction with all others be easy and peaceful, joyous and in harmony. The truth is that we will never be satisfied until we are in love relationships with all others.

May my day go smoothly. May the difficulty that I have in getting going in the mornings just fall away as the bright sun burns off the mist from my eyes. Be with me as I seek to keep a good attitude about all things. And thank you for Jesus’s hints about how to live well.

Amen.

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3 thoughts on “Love Is Not Limited

  1. The prayer is lovely, it made me feel a wee bit happier about the world, and peoples’ kindness. While I’m here, I’d just like to say that I’ve started a food blog, just writing wee things about dining out in places in Glasgow. Things have been tough for me over the last few years but food is something that has always brought me comfort (not necessarily a good thing hahaha). Would love it if you were interested and wanted to have a look or give me a follow, it would mean a lot.

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