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Follow that star

From the December 23, 2019 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


I am always amazed when I look up at the stars at night. The wonder of God’s handiwork makes me stand in awe.

I can well imagine how the wise men many, many years ago must have felt when looking up at a particularly bright star that may have seemed rather overwhelming to them. Perhaps its light penetrated near and far, beyond what they had ever experienced before. But they knew that this was an extraordinary event. Something wonderful was taking place, and they followed the star to the place where it was resting—above the humble manger where a small babe had been born. That babe was Christ Jesus, who would unfold Truth to a world waiting to be lifted out of its materialistic beliefs. The star brilliantly epitomized this hope, and they looked up with wonder and expectation.

The light of Truth, which was so apparent in the life of Christ Jesus, is still available to guide us.

Although that event more than two thousand years ago might seem as though it has little impact on our lives today, we have the same opportunity to follow that star, or divine light. This light of divine Truth, which was so apparent in the life of Christ Jesus, is still available to guide us. This Truth is the Word of God, expressing itself to us as the Christ-idea, which came to the world in the form of a little babe who grew up to be the highest example of the healing presence of divine Life, Truth, and Love.

This light of Truth became more apparent to me recently as I sought to understand more of its true meaning. About three years ago, I was very much in need of help and direction. During a routine optometrist visit to get new lenses for my glasses, I was given the prognosis that I might be blind in a few years if I did not undergo immediate surgery. I refused to accept this prediction and declined to make an appointment, knowing I could rely on prayer in Christian Science to bring healing.

Previous to this, I had been very upset by the tumult that was going on in the world. Every day the news presented images of violence and destruction. I realized I had been taking this in and accepting it as reality. One day in my study of the Christian Science textbook, written by Mary Baker Eddy, I came across two statements that enlightened my thinking. One was: “Sight, hearing, all the spiritual senses of man, are eternal. They cannot be lost. Their reality and immortality are in Spirit and understanding, not in matter,—hence their permanence” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 486). The other was: “Whatever is governed by God, is never for an instant deprived of the light and might of intelligence and Life” (p. 215). These passages uplifted me and helped me to see the permanent reality of Spirit, God. I caught a glimpse of the light of Truth. 

What came to me so firmly was to look to this light of Truth, the idea that little babe came to express, freeing the world of its materiality—its sins, sorrows, sickness, and death. I needed to look up to that guiding star symbolizing the Christ, which would lead me out of a false, material belief of sight to the understanding of my innate spiritual perfection as God’s child. The light of the Christ is not a material entity but a spiritual quality of Truth, which God is unfolding to all of us all the time. This divine light represents God’s continuous care for each of His children.

Divine light represents God’s continuous care for each of His children.

In the Bible, we read, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (I John 1:5). My path toward healing was joyous and uplifting, and as I persisted, I found a wonderful calmness and peace. I was able to rise above the mortal view of life and see that that dire prognosis was no part of God’s universe.

Science and Health says: “Matter is neither self-existent nor a product of Spirit. An image of mortal thought, reflected on the retina, is all that the eye beholds” (p. 479). This was the key to understanding my real, spiritual sense of sight. All that I had been viewing in the news that seemed to be so disastrous was only an image of mortal thought, which I knew to be a pretense. With this realization, I knew I was healed. It has now been over three years since I was given that prognosis, and instead of deteriorating, my sight has actually improved.

If we walk into a dark room and light a candle, no matter how dark the room, the candle sends its light into the whole room. Darkness can never persist where there is light. This is true for our thought as well. Our candle is the light of Truth, and the darkness of error cannot persist where Truth is—and Truth is everywhere. The glow of divine light becomes apparent as we seek God’s Word and listen for His guidance. This light is ever present and can never be extinguished. 

Just as the prophets and Christ Jesus looked to the light of Truth for healing, we can too. Years have not changed infinite Truth, which is the ever-available, eternal light for all mankind. We, too, can follow this star and look up in our thinking, seeing only as God sees, seeing the world in the spiritual glow of the light of Truth.

As I discovered in my experience, light, and therefore sight, is an eternal quality that I could understand and express. It is never found in a material source, but is always available as a spiritual idea. 

This light of the Christ, this star that guides our efforts, is a beacon of Truth that leads the world out of materiality and the woes of physicality into the realm of spiritual harmony, proving God’s ever-unfolding care for His children. This glow of divine light, expressed as the guiding star for the wise men of long ago, is always available if we look up to Truth, God’s precious Word.

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