The embrace of our Mother, divine Love
The Mother-love of God doesn’t leave us any more than the sun stops shining.
Few things on earth can compare to the pure and enduring nature of a mother’s love. She intuitively knows the needs of her child better than anyone else. Even after her children have “left the nest,” her hopes and prayers travel with them, never leaving them, since neither time nor space can turn back her devotion.
This may be how many of us characterize our own mothers. And yet for some, this depiction might seem idealistic. Perhaps our mother has passed on, and her love seems a distant memory. Or because of the unprecedented circumstances over the past year, we have been unable to be with our mother in a meaningful way. Others may regret not having the warm connection to their mother that some seem to have.
But no matter the circumstance or family situation, there is a higher, deeper love to which we can all turn for comfort, guidance, and, yes, healing: the divine love of God, our true Mother. This ever-present Love is embracing each of us right now.
How do we really feel this embrace and make it our own? In large part it’s a matter of expanding and purifying our concept of Deity, exchanging a limited, humanistic view of God for a more spiritual and scientific one. The teachings of Christian Science reveal God as the one creator of all, whose individuality is ever-present, supreme good. God can also be understood as the universal Principle or immortal Mind governing all true being. But perhaps the word for God dearest to the heart is Love.
The Bible records these words of the prophet Jeremiah: “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an ever-lasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” (Jeremiah 31:3).
There is a higher, deeper love to which we can all turn for comfort, guidance, and, yes, healing.
Healing sorrow, alienation, or pain is within reach as we come to understand how divine Love embraces us. It’s not on-again, off-again, nor is it dependent on having a loved person present. Love is the sole power of the universe, holding all things in unity with itself. Love is also Spirit, and we each live and move in this infinite Spirit as spiritual expressions or ideas—as drops of water “live” in the ocean or notes of a symphony dwell in music.
Through this higher sense of Love and of our spiritual oneness with God, we begin to see that material conditions or circumstances do not ultimately define us, nor can they create valid or lasting barriers to Love, to feeling embraced, cherished, and comforted by our one Mother. And we see that our purpose is to reflect Love’s nature by living in compassion, gentleness, goodness, and grace.
Love supports and shelters
When we better understand how we reflect God and include Love’s qualities, we see that we’re not aimless wanderers having to rely on our own wisdom or good intentions. God supports us with His strength! Knowing this, we feel more tangibly that our true home, or spiritual resting place, is established on the firm rock of Love and its power and protection.
Once, I was experiencing a debilitating internal pain that made me feel alone and separated from Love. But as I prayed, turning my thought to God, I became aware of Love’s gentle, sheltering, divine presence. The pain lifted, and I felt buoyed by a newfound understanding and joy that I had always lived in this Love and could never be outside it.
Love guides and directs
We are not in the dark, having to grope our way through life, simply hoping we will stumble upon the right job, spouse, home, or opportunities. Every day, without fail, divine Love mothers us. We will spiritually sense this to the degree we are willing to be still and to pray unselfishly to hear those mothering intuitions from God, helping us purify our motives and make right decisions. After all, a reflection of God (like a figure reflected in a mirror) must move in complete harmony with its original. It can never mistake its way.
Love feeds and supplies
“Spirit duly feeds and clothes every object, as it appears in the line of spiritual creation, thus tenderly expressing the fatherhood and motherhood of God,” Mary Baker Eddy states in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (p. 507). It is Love’s nature to bless us, to feed us with inspiration and creative and helpful ideas that open up opportunities to be a blessing. Since there can be no separation between God and man, the true identity of each of us, we can never truly lack anything needful, even if the material senses suggest otherwise. Understanding this frees us from fear. The healing solution in any situation will come to light as we spiritualize our thinking, which brings the realization that Love is our ever-present, primal source. Love nourishes us with a constant stream of right ideas, talents, and gifts, which in turn meet our daily needs in practical ways.
Love redeems and saves
If a child became lost in a shopping mall, wouldn’t the mother search high and low? Similarly, Mother Love seeks us out if we seem to have lost our way through ignorance or sin. Jesus alludes to this in one of his parables: “What woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost” (Luke 15:8, 9). When trials come, Love’s angels are especially near with messages of inspiration to light our way and purify thought.
Christ Jesus had the clearest, purest view of reality. As God’s Son, he had no error of thought, no sin. He saw God and man truly, and as one in being—that man is the forever expression of Love, made in the likeness of Spirit. He said, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30), and he came to humanity to share this truth and prove it by healing all kinds of ills and troubles.
This healing Christ, or Truth, is the uplifting and anointing activity of Spirit, which Jesus manifested, and which still comes to thought today to dispel dark and negative beliefs, hateful tendencies, and loneliness, and to reveal the already-present warmth of Love’s mothering embrace. “Lo, I am with you alway,” Jesus told his followers (Matthew 28:20).
As we seek the Christ and claim our oneness with God, we come to feel that we belong to God, and always have belonged to God. We’re assured that His arm encircles us. Then we in turn can embrace others. In fact, if we don’t strive to include others and love them as spiritual ideas of God, fully worthy in God’s eyes, we deny God’s love for us. To understand God is to be like Him—to be beacons of love as Jesus commanded. Mrs. Eddy writes: “True prayer is not asking God for love; it is learning to love, and to include all mankind in one affection. Prayer is the utilization of the love wherewith He loves us. Prayer begets an awakened desire to be and do good” (<em>No and Yes,</em> p. 39).
When we awake to this Science of true being, the Science of Love—and especially when we live out from it and make it our own—it’s like coming home. Coming to a place of quiet conviction and ineffable joy, knowing that the Mother-love of God doesn’t leave us any more than the sun stops shining. It’s our very source. Love’s flowing river of benevolence and care, of shelter and guidance, never ceases. Love is—and always has been—right with us.