In the summer of 2017 I had the great joy of participating in an event for young people interested in Christian Science. It included a rich variety of activities such as talks and discussion groups, as well as physical activities like rock climbing and soccer, for those who were interested. It was wonderful.
In one of the sporting activities I injured my foot; it seemed I had broken my toe. The next morning right after breakfast, there was a Christian Science lecture, and getting there was very painful. When I reached the room where the lecture was being held, though, there was a tangible sense of divine Love unlike anything I had ever experienced before—it was truly palpable. I think it had a lot to do with the receptivity and joy people were feeling as they looked forward to the lecture and the week together.
The lecture was about our relation to God, as taught in Christian Science, about how we are perfect reflections of God. To quote Mary Baker Eddy in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Your mirrored reflection is your own image or likeness. If you lift a weight, your reflection does this also. If you speak, the lips of this likeness move in accord with yours. Now compare man before the mirror to his divine Principle, God. Call the mirror divine Science, and call man the reflection. Then note how true, according to Christian Science, is the reflection to its original. As the reflection of yourself appears in the mirror, so you, being spiritual, are the reflection of God” (pp. 515–516).
The lecturer also told us about the life-changing healing he had experienced through Christian Science. He described how the infinite grace of divine Love works both naturally and radically. I was riveted. I was aware that a new sensation had started to develop in my foot, but I didn’t pay attention to it because I didn’t want to be distracted.
After the lecture I went for a walk and realized that a complete healing had taken place. And yet, it had required no effort on my part—no intense mental struggle, no burdensome battle with error. It was simply the natural effect of divine Love operating in human consciousness.
I am infinitely grateful for this experience, which showed me how God’s love reaches and heals us. No mental battle is necessary to experience the healing power of Love. We only have to be open to accepting the grace of God.
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