The Love that’s ‘enough’

Is there enough employment for those who seek it? Is there enough food for those who are hungry? Enough home, peace, and hope for those who need them? Enough healing for the infirm? What can provide so much for so many?

There is a reliable source of health, harmony, and provision—and it is infinite and always available for us to turn to. That source is God, divine Love. Mary Baker Eddy wrote in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “The depth, breadth, height, might, majesty, and glory of infinite Love fill all space. That is enough!” (p. 520 ).

“Enough!” …

Christ Jesus, the master Christian, proved for us that God is Love, and that Love is sufficient to meet all our needs. Our Savior had an absolutely infinite sense of divine Love. In all he did, Jesus proved that divine Love is boundless good and that this unlimited good is present, powerful, available, and acting to help and heal all mankind, at every moment. 

Christ Jesus’ understanding of this spiritual reality enabled him to bring sinners to reformation and impel them to find their way forward in purity (see John 8:3–11 ); he healed every form of sickness he encountered, including fever, paralysis, blindness, and dementia; and the Master raised several people from the dead. Jesus proved that there is nothing divine Love cannot provide or accomplish. He proved that infinite, divine Love is indeed sufficient to overcome any difficulty.

How can we, too, access the healing power of this Love? 

We can start by realizing that God, divine Love, is the sole creator of man and the universe, which are in reality spiritual. In Psalm 100 we read, referring to God, “It is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves” (verse 3 ). And Science and Health assures us with this statement about God: “He is divine Principle, Love, the universal cause, the only creator, and there is no other self-existence” (p. 331 ).

Knowing that divine Love is the only creator and that we are Her complete, perfect, spiritual creation calms our thought. It elevates our consciousness above suggestions of lack, doubt, and fear, to a feeling of safety, security, and assurance that all is well. As we come to better understand our forever-intact relationship to our awesome, all-loving God, we experience a transformation of thought that opens us up to the inspiration and ideas we need, enabling us to discover and demonstrate that Love indeed has an answer to difficulties we encounter.

Jesus proved that divine Love is boundless good.

If an illness or abnormal physical condition appears, we can challenge the belief that man can be sick with the facts that God is All, the only creator, and that He indeed created and maintains man ​as ​spiritual, perfect, and permanent. We can know that the Christ, Truth—God’s message of love, speaking to human consciousness—is present, active, and helping us now and always to see through the false belief, the lie, that man is mortal and subject to illness or lack. The Christ is gently revealing to us that we are each a spiritual idea of God—flawless, ageless, and intact—and that we don’t have to fear that anything less is true about us.

Perhaps there is a need for supply. What if it appears there is not enough money on hand to pay the rent or get the car repaired? Maybe not enough for groceries? By raising thought from a limited sense of material supply to an acknowledgment of the spiritual reality of divine Love’s limitless resources, we will grasp more clearly that even in difficult situations we can turn to divine Love as a law of sufficient provision and reliable distribution. After all, we read in Psalm 23, “Thou preparest a table before me” (verse 5 ). Glimpsing these truths enables us to see them evidenced in practical ways in our experience.

This was demonstrated when, through Moses’ trust in divine Love, food was provided to the children of Israel in the wilderness (see Exodus 16 ); and when, as a result of Elijah’s prayers, he, a widow, and her son were fed during a drought (see I Kings 17:1–16 ). 

God’s infinite supply and unconditional ability to provide sustenance is what Jesus proved when he fed more than 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and a couple of fish (see Matthew 14:15–21 ). Jesus knew his heavenly Father had ​already provided the infinite good His children need, so he gave thanks to God and the food was passed out to the people. Then, shortly, everyone present found they had enough.

Years ago, when I was getting ready to have class instruction in Christian Science, our family income was meager. I would be taking two weeks off work to attend class, with no paycheck coming in during that time. As I prayed to understand more clearly the constant presence and provision of divine Love, the fact that divine Love was always supplying all we needed, and the idea that this spiritual step of class instruction could only bless my family and me, there was a transformation in my thought. 

I saw more clearly and trusted more firmly that God, divine Love, Spirit, was my true source of supply. I realized that relying on this spiritual understanding of supply—that is, knowing that our real ​supply​  was completely and only sourced in God, not a paycheck—would enable me to demonstrate sufficient income in my experience.

Shortly before the class started, a family member who knew nothing of my plan and is not a student of Christian Science sent me a check out of the blue, saying she just felt I could use it. My heart soared. This unexpected gift contributed in a meaningful way to meeting my financial needs during this time. I so rejoiced in this evidence that divine Love’s “depth, breadth, height, might,” and “majesty” truly “fill all space,” and are indeed “enough!”

No matter what form the material picture of lack might take, for either ourselves or anyone else, anywhere and anytime, we can lift our thought to divine Love, which is always present, with infinite spiritual resources, to help and heal. With heartfelt prayer to better understand this comes a transformation of thought that reveals “​… to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good” (Science and Health, p. 494 ). That is enough.

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