Man, undivorced from God, good

During the time immediately after I had gone through a divorce, the Sunday services at a Christian Science Church were a great strength to me. The separation from my wife was certainly not something I had wanted, and one phrase kept coming back to me from the church service—"undivorced from truth."

These words from the Christian Science Quarterly are found in the Explanatory Note written by Mary Baker Eddy. The note is read by the First Reader before the Readers begin to read the weekly Lesson-Sermon from the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. Part of the note states, "The canonical writings, together with the word of our textbook, corroborating and explaining the Bible texts in their spiritual import and application to all ages, past, present, and future, constitute a sermon undivorced from truth, uncontaminated and unfettered by human hypotheses, and divinely authorized" (p. 2).

Sitting there listening to the Lesson, I thought what it means to be the recipient of a sermon that is "undivorced from truth." It seemed natural to see myself also as "undivorced from truth"—undivorced from my true selfhood as a child of God, and undivorced from God, who is Truth, Love, and Life.

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Never less than beautiful
February 6, 1995

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