As a third-generation Christian Scientist, I am grateful for the...

As a third-generation Christian Scientist, I am grateful for the consolation and growing assurance of good my religion has afforded me.

One healing I am especially grateful for is that of reserve. For some years it was difficult for me to express the warmth and liking I really felt for people, except for family and close friends. I prayed and worked at this problem off and on but not really in a concentrated way until I was shocked by the statement of a friend that I often impressed others as cold and unloving. She reminded me that love is as natural as sunlight because it is the expression of God, who fills all space. Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health (p. 248): "Love never loses sight of loveliness. Its halo rests upon its object. One marvels that a friend can ever seem less than beautiful." By holding this and other truths in mind, and by putting them into practice, it has become increasingly natural to show the friendliness I feel toward others.

The rewards have been correspondingly great. It has been easier for me to grasp the essential unity of all men as the children of God and to see that everyone, everywhere, is equally God's idea, equally rich in His love, everywhere worthy. This recognition is more than ever a blessing in these times when mankind need so much to put into practice, on a human level, the truth that God's love encompasses all. Mrs. Eddy's statement "The divinity of the Christ was made manifest in the humanity of Jesus" (ibid., p. 25) has been a bulwark.

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Words of Current Interest
May 15, 1971

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