Reflection

Mrs. Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 361), "As a drop of water is one with the ocean, a ray of light one with the sun, even so God and man, Father and son, are one in being." The nature of the sunbeam is determined by the nature of the sun. The sun is a center radiating heat and light; the sunbeam carries abroad the sun's heat and light. It can possess no quality or attribute which the sun does not possess. It does not have to struggle to bear heat and light; it does so naturally, because it emanates from the sun; it has its source there. So man, the image and likeness of God, reflects the creator, for "in him we live, and move, and have our being."

All that God is or possesses, man reflects naturally,—Life, Truth, Love, intelligence, power, purity, joy, health, activity, abundance, harmony, peace, and so on. Do I seem to lack intelligence to perform a certain duty which has been placed before me? Do I know that God is intelligence itself and therefore all-powerful to solve that problem? And I reflect this intelligence and power. If I put aside—cast out—human will, human belief, human fear, my problem will solve itself; for divine Love will cause me to reflect the working out of every good work. Instead of saying, "I cannot," I can get to work and have a little mental house-cleaning. I do not need to try to solve my problem or do the work through human intelligence or will; instead, I clear out all the limiting, negative, fearful thoughts, and allow divine Love to govern me. When the clouds of mortal sense are rolled back, the sun is seen to be doing its own shining.

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