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The Love that draws and holds us

From the September 19, 2016 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

One way I like to look at the Bible is to see it as God’s loving call to all of us to draw closer to God—in other words, to understand Him, to love Him more, and through this growing understanding to find regeneration and healing. Throughout its teachings this call is reiterated in various ways, conveying this timeless invitation: “The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17).

Many times I’ve felt this call to draw closer to God, particularly when I’ve struggled with a difficult problem. It’s a call that is continuously reaching out to each of us, even as we’re looking to God in prayer for help. It’s the Christ, the manifestation of God, divine Love, coming to our thought, showing us that Love is already present, already loving us, already embracing us in its omnipotent goodness.

What is it that sometimes leaves us feeling that we’re outside of God’s help? It’s the common, material sense of ourselves as mortals. It’s the conviction that we’re separated from the beginning from God by our very nature and origin. The belief is that God is Spirit, but His creation is matter. God is Love, but man is a selfish, often hateful creature. God is immortal Life, without beginning or end, but His offspring are mortals, having beginning and end.

This human, material conception of who we are tends to hide God’s presence from our view. If we’re seeing only the material conception of life, God seems far away, though He’s actually right with us. But as we discover our God-given spiritual sense, our intuitive ability to understand Him, we get glimpses of God’s spiritual nature and of our own true, spiritual nature as His likeness, or expression. We begin to realize that we’re actually one with God, because we’re the very image of His being.

Because of this unity we have with God, it’s normal that we would feel the intuitions, the spiritual leadings, the impulsions to draw closer to God, divine Love, in our thoughts and life. Following these leadings develops our natural trust in God. We literally feel closer to God, and we experience regeneration, inspiration, and healing.

When I look back on some of the healings I’ve had over the years, whether they were healings of physical difficulties or other challenges, in each case I’ve felt drawn closer to God. I’ve felt more keenly that Spirit was my true substance, and that my substance could not be sick or diseased. Or I’ve learned that my true supply was the spiritual goodness that God expresses in me, and I’ve become more conscious of that spiritual goodness as being ever present and ample to meet my needs.

The only real attraction governing God’s children is the ever-present attraction of good, of divine Spirit.

In some cases, I’ve needed to dig in and purify thought and character. Christ Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). As we purify thought, we perceive more clearly the divine character of Soul, God. We also become more conscious of our own perfect individuality, which Soul bestows on us. Our spiritual individuality becomes more vivid to us; we feel embraced in Soul’s wholeness and freedom, and we feel the joy of that inspiration. Every healing experience is a proof that the loving arms of divine Love not only draw us as we’re ready to be drawn, but they also, even now, hold us safely in Spirit’s perfection.

With every experience of healing, God and His love for us seem more real. But our relationship to God hasn’t actually changed, any more than the clearing of dark clouds changes the sun’s relation to the earth. We can’t get outside of the loving embrace of our Father-Mother Mind because infinite Mind, divine Spirit, encompasses what it creates. And therefore the only real attraction governing God’s children is the ever-present attraction of good, of divine Spirit.

Mary Baker Eddy writes in the textbook of Christian Science: “There is but one real attraction, that of Spirit. The pointing of the needle to the pole symbolizes this all-embracing power or the attraction of God, divine Mind” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 102).

Spirit is the Mind that conceives, creates, all of us. The product of Spirit is spiritual. The product of Mind is idea. So looking beyond the physical sense of ourselves, we find that as God’s children we’re spiritual; we’re Mind’s own conception of itself, tangibly expressing Mind. Being an idea of divine Mind, we can’t wander away from our Father-Mother because an idea of Mind forever dwells in the Mind that conceives it. In the infinite arms of divine Love there are no children of God wandering or lost. All are held in Love and are conscious of their oneness with Love.

“The Spirit and the bride say, Come.” This loving call of Spirit evidences the divine embrace we’re already held in. It’s a call to discover the harmony and joy that are forever ours, as children of our always loving Father-Mother God.

David C. Kennedy

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