Bringing warmth to the heart's winter

People sometimes face periods in their lives when things feel almost hopeless. Grief, depression, personal losses, separation from a loved one—these may try to settle on one's heart like a virtual winter. There may seem so little light and warmth that existence feels icebound.

Yet the gospel of God's saving grace as explained in Christian Science is here today with the joyous news that abundant light and warmth are ever available to us. These are found in the Christ—the manifestation of God—embracing human hearts and offering the most tender comfort and mercy. In Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, this definition of "Christ" is given: "The divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error." Science and Health, p. 583. Elsewhere in the Christian Science textbook, there is also this explanation: "Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness." Ibid., p. 332.

In both of these descriptions of Christ we get a sense of divine action, of God imparting His truth to human consciousness to destroy error, to uplift, to enlighten, to give joy and purpose. The Christ brings us divine Love's radiant warmth, banishing the cold of hopelessness and melting the hardness of despair. Through trial and through prayer-wrought victories crowned by the Christ, many people have come to gain the inspired trust expressed in these lines from the Christian Science Hymnal:

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May 28, 1984

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