“What the world needs now is love sweet love,
no not just for some but for everyone.”
These words, from a song with lyrics by Hal David, set to music composed by Burt Bacharach, and originally recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1965, are so very timely.
“The poor suffering heart needs its rightful nutriment, such as peace, patience in tribulation, and a priceless sense of the dear Father’s loving-kindness.” writes Mary Baker Eddy, Founder of Christian Science (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, page 365).
Years ago, while working for Consumers Power Company (now part of CMS Energy) in Jackson, Michigan, I had the opportunity to tour one of their operational nuclear power plants. We had to pass through Geiger counters on the way in and out. If you measured having radiation beforehand you couldn’t go in and if you measured having radiation coming out you presumably had to go through a wash-down process. This really drove home the point that the activity in this place was serious in nature.
The news coming out of Japan about the hardships from the earthquake and tsunami and the struggles to get the nuclear plants under control pulls at our heart-strings. I read one report that said the aftershocks are so frequent that they can’t sleep at night.
Thankfully, much help is on its way, but right now, more than anything else, what they need is to feel God’s love.
God’s great love will quell any tsunami’s of fear, comfort the heart-broken, strengthen the weak, inspire the distressed, and guide all into wise, timely, helpful actions, supplying safety and needed provision.
The song says that love is the thing that there’s just too little of, implying that we need to love more (and we do), but God’s love is enough to go around. God’s love is boundless. There’s never too little. The Bible shares God’s assurances to us where He says, “My grace is sufficient for you” (RSV 2 Corinthians 12:9) and “…Yea, I have loved you with an everlasting love…” (RSV Jeremiah 31:3).
And as the song says, “no not just for some but for everyone“. We can all feel God’s great love for us.
Truly, “what the world needs now“ is “a priceless sense of the dear Father’s loving-kindness”. And, oh, may we feel it!