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Love meets the need
Walking through a car park recently, I heard the screams of a child after his brother had accidentally slammed a car door shut on his finger. I immediately ran over to them and found the boy wrapped in his mother’s arms. She was asking him to stop crying and to let her “just have a little look.” The brother stood close by looking shocked.
Offering comfort, I gently touched the sobbing boy’s head and said the first thing that came into my mind: “There’s nothing to fear, ’cause Love is here.” This was an on-the-spot reword of lines from a little poem I had learned in Christian Science Sunday School. At the same time, though, I was repeating silently the first line of Mary Baker Eddy’s “scientific statement of being,” which goes, “There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 468). And I kept holding tenaciously to the fact that God, the divine Mind, was in control and that the identity of the boy—and everyone present—was spiritually intact and could only be “very good” (Genesis 1:31).
Within minutes, the boy stopped sobbing and revealed an index finger totally unblemished save for some slight redness at the tip. Both mother and child looked at it incredulously, but I had a strong sense in that moment that all of us equally recognized divine Love’s gentle presence. The little fellow then hopped into the front seat of the car with a big smile, as if nothing had ever happened.
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