A couple of weeks ago, I stopped driving into town five days a week, to work at our shop.
My new routine embraces a lot more home time.
My old routine allowed me time with the public. Lots of people. We talked. We laughed. We shared ideas. The job confirmed that many of us, no matter what language we use, understand the meaning and healing power of love and life.
When busy in the shop, I spent fewer hours at home and would forget to water our four plants. The ivy and spider plants would soon look dry and thirsty, reminding me, water please.
They also promptly forgave me after I gave them a drink.
Before the COVID-19 containment mandates went into effect, we closed our shop and began staying home. Now, the ivy and spider plants tell me, no more water please, you gave us a drink two days ago. Enough already.
World history requires routine changes. Humans adjust. It is the very adjustments and changes that confirm an understanding of love and life. If human routines don’t change or improve, we succumb into the worst characters and harden into hate and death.
It may be the death of people, businesses, churches, or communities. But love and life survive.
The reason we closed our shop relates to the reason our state governor eventually mandated non-essential employees to stay home. To contain COVID-19. And I believe it must be done with love and life rather than with fear and selfishness.
We stay home to allow space for people who supply food and healthcare. They deserve my respect and intelligence.
Although I’m not sick, I hear this counsel from the modern version of Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health:
“Selfishness pushes the weight of human existence toward the side of error, not toward Truth. Denial of the oneness of Mind causes our energy to veer into the gutter of mortality, rather than stay on track with Spirit, good.
“In divine Science, we are well even if the physical senses say we are sick, however, this doesn’t discount our responsibility to tell others we are sick or contagious while yet proving in Science that health is normal and disease is abnormal.
“Continue to recognize the nothingness of illusions—stay on the path Science is walking—and the ingrained illusions of human beings will be replaced with reality.”
The counsel isn’t new. It goes way back. In Bible language, I read about following the path of love and life, and not veering to the right or left unless led to by God.
Moses wrapped up his speech regarding the Ten Commandments by saying, “You shall be careful therefore to do as the Lord your God has commanded you. You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. You shall walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you shall possess.”—Deut. 5:32-33
From II Chronicles:
“Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. 2 And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, and walked in the ways of David his father; and he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 3 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet a boy, he began to seek the God of David his father, and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the Asherim, and the carved and the metal images.”
In this time of contagious disease, there’s evidence of an ever-growing understanding of love and life as all-in-all. My goal isn’t to not get sick. My goal is to follow love and life. It’s happened for thousands of years and people are doing so today even if it’s scary.
From the Gospel Mark:
“And they led Jesus to the high priest. And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together. 54 And Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he was sitting with the guards and warming himself at the fire. 55 Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. 56 For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. 57 And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.’” 59 Yet even about this their testimony did not agree. 60 And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” 61 But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” 63 And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need? 64 You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death.”
I can’t let human routines decide anything. I want to follow and tend to love and life. Because it is love and life that make the last call.