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July 27, 2013

The Great Commandment: Love


There is great joy within us that is “diffused from the joy of the first moment of the cosmos, and distilled into a light in (y)our eyes.” The birth of the cosmos was one of joy, like the birth of a child, and we carry that joy innately within us.

We hear the Divine voice as an “echo of welcome from our own voice of guidance, present at the first Beginning.” We have always had the voice of guidance within us.

“Let this welcoming, this rejoicing complete its purpose in you.” Let your divine nature, which is love and joy, reveal itself through you.

The “greatest challenge we have is to find the love that grows slowly, as friendship, and is as firm as the fire that began the world.” We can “find it in the way we treat each other.” We are invited to lay down our “prized, individual, awareness of ourselves” (our egoic selves) and to realize we are “equal to the breath-spirit of another, the soul-self we think of as separate but which the womb of the Holy One includes, with you and all humanity, as the First Child of Eden.” We think we are alone and separate, but that is the sense of separation we created ourselves. In actuality, we are all One, children of the first beginning.

This teaching says that when we come to realize that we are all One “breath-spirit, emanating from the fire that began the world,” will we all know Divine love and enter, once again, the realm of Eden.

In blessings for the love that transcends all differences and brings the final peace that passes all understanding.


The Rev. Shipley Allinson is pastor of Unity on the River in Amesbury.

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