SEEKING AND FINDING TRUE FRIENDSHIP

The warmhearted and affectionate individual beginning the study of Christian Science is often overjoyed at finding the outward expression of tenderness and love poured out to him through his newly discovered friendships and activities. He finds love expressed at the church services in the smiles of the ushers, in the graciousness of the Readers, the united responsiveness of the congregation, and in the greetings of friend to friend. He may find the tenderest expression of love in the office of a practitioner or in the unselfed ministry of a worker coming to his home in time of need. Surely this is a near approximation of heaven on earth, and a treasure to be cherished.

As the student grows in understanding, however, the demand will come to gain an ever-expanding concept of Love as divine, not human. This is a normal, natural step of progress and unfoldment, and should be welcomed into our experience with the same joy as any other evidence of healing. But sometimes a mistaken sense of affection and of good as being human, as well as the fear that some human good may be lost through our accepting the inexorable demand for a more spiritual sense of both goodness and love, tempts us to hesitate and hold back—and then, instead of experiencing a healing, we may seem to have a problem. The growth demanded is inescapable and wholly to be desired; the problem is only our own misapprehension of what is taking place in our experience. Let us learn how to accept it and so have no problems.

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