Taking Away "the trammels"

A Christian Science nurse formed the habit of saying under trying conditions, "Thank You, Father." No critical, irritable thought of what might seem lack of appreciation was entertained, but only the duty of thanking God for His loving-kindness. It was a simple, grateful affirmation of God's presence, a confident approach to Him as our only real Parent, the Healer of all discord. Mary Baker Eddy says in "Rudimental Divine Science" (p. 2): "Science defines the individuality of God as supreme good, Life, Truth, Love. This term enlarges our sense of Deity, takes away the trammels assigned to God by finite thought, and introduces us to higher definitions."Giving the subject even brief consideration must make it clear that the all-powerful, all-knowing, present divine Mind, whom we call God, could not be subject to another power, nor be influenced, limited, hindered, or impeded in His infinite activity. It is the finite thought about God that is wrong. Accepting limited, mistaken concepts about Him leads to error and limitation in experience. God, supreme good, is untrammeled, infinite divine consciousness.

The prophet Isaiah represented God as showing His readiness and willingness to help His children in the assurance, "Before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear." We can remember this promise when difficulties confront us, and say, "Thank You, Father." When discords arise, and resentment, anger, hatred appear to hinder our progress, we can still say, "Thank You, Father," knowing that through prayerful turning of our thought to God these inharmonies can be seen as phases of human ignorance and destroyed. Despite appearances, they have no spiritual origin, no reality in Science, no power to harass or dismay.

As a Little Child
November 1, 1941

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