Several months ago, I traveled to another state to help a relative and her family. The family’s normally busy schedule was soaring out of control, and one member was struggling with a debilitating physical problem.
The relative had expressed fear and discouragement during an earlier conversation, which lifted somewhat when I offered to come to help. Before we hung up, we talked about the importance of our shifting thought away from the human scenario to acknowledge the spiritual reality that their home is governed by the one ever-present and powerful God, divine Love, and His kingdom of heaven, which Christ Jesus promised is “at hand” (Matthew 10:7).
In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the kingdom of heaven is defined, in part, as “the reign of harmony in divine Science; the realm of unerring, eternal, and omnipotent Mind” (Mary Baker Eddy, p. 590). My relative and I ended our conversation acknowledging that this realm of harmony is our true home.
Soon after my arrival at the house, things were going well until one day I fell down a flight of stairs. For several moments I couldn’t move. The pain was intense. I remember not being afraid and affirming what we had shared before I left my home—that God’s law of infinite harmony governs all activity in this home and everyone in it.
I was able to get up and carry on, but at bedtime I was still struggling silently. I certainly did not want to add to the family’s concerns. During the night I suddenly awoke, remembering that the family had been feeling harsh criticism from several outside sources. Any criticism that would tend to harm is defined in Christian Science as either ignorant or malicious malpractice. But Christian Science teaches that such attacks are powerless because they are impersonal. They are simply suggestions of the carnal mind that would argue against God’s infinite power and goodness, which forever embrace His precious creation, man and the universe.
It then occurred to me that this feeling of a painful back was also just an impersonal suggestion. What bears us up against any suggestion of discord, disease, or anything contrary to the harmony of God’s kingdom? I saw that the answer lay in the familiar and cherished 91st Psalm, which refers to “the secret place of the most High,” where divine Love’s angels have charge over all. It says, “They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone” (verse 12).
These angels, or “spiritual intuitions” from God (Science and Health, p. 581), deliver us from any malicious attempt to undermine the harmony of our dwellings, whether we think of them as our consciousness, our homes, or our bodies.
The teachings of Christian Science, the promised Comforter, reveal that infinite God, good, is the only cause. I began to earnestly pray from the standpoint of God’s allness and supremacy. Science and Health says, “Insist vehemently on the great fact which covers the whole ground, that God, Spirit, is all, and that there is none beside Him” (p. 421).
These angel messages, establishing in consciousness that God is the only cause, were truly bearing me up against any suggestion of discord or disease. Immediately I had complete freedom of movement.
The next day it was obvious that the harmony of divine Mind reigned throughout this precious family and their home. It began with our agreeing that because God is Love, we, as His image and likeness, can reflect only Love toward everyone, including those who might find fault with us. And even though obligations that needed to be met hadn’t lessened, the burden of fear that they could not be effectively accomplished had lifted. And finally, the family member who had been struggling physically was moving about with freedom and joy.
Truly, my trip home was buoyant with gratitude!
St. Louis, Missouri, US
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