Reduce Me to Love

love-handsWhen I was in college in North Carolina, I had a brief incarnation as a Born Again Christian.  Honestly, I joined the church to take a stab at meeting nice boys.  I had a proclivity for the bad ones.  I thought a Christian boy would be a welcome change of pace.

The church I joined was lovely – filled with good people.  I didn’t last long.  It wasn’t a good match in terms of theology.  I met nice boys but they too weren’t a good match for my wilder tendencies.  But I did learn some catchy songs that still play in my mind today.

One song, based on I Corinthians, goes like this:  “If I have not charity; if love does not flow through me; I am nothing; Jesus reduce me to love.”

Today, I ask “Spirit, reduce me to love” – or even better, “Love, reduce me to love.”

This is like the soap analogy from yesterday.  The ego returns to nothing and our “reduction” purifies everything.  We sacrifice the consciousness that binds us to our private perception.  We re-lax, become still again, let go, let love and see what happens in the Wholly Absolute.

Absolute Love is beyond human understanding.  But Love can help us become love.

Today we ask, “Love, reduce me to love.”

In the asking, notice how love is a noun, a state of being.  And because love is everything, love is also a verb.  When love reduces us to love, love calls us to authentic action.   Reduction to love results in service.

This is a change for many of us.  This is letting go.

Meditate – Center and find a story that dominates your thoughts.  Say, “Love, reduce me to love.”  Spend some time with this thought.

Practice – Throughout the day, notice your tendency to become caught in a story.   Ask love to reduce you to love.

Advanced Practice – Since love is a verb, when reduced to love, what will you do?  Take one tiny action today based on your reduction to love.

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