You are dearly loved

How secure, how at ease, how satisfied we feel when we are loved by others and are aware of that fact! and how empty we may seem without this love!

Then is there anything we can do if things tell us that no one needs us especially? That no one thinks we are anything special? That no one is deeply fond of us? Yes, there is. There is the love of God, never failing, always present to be felt and enjoyed. We can turn to this love (accept it in faith at first, perhaps) and become sure of it through proof in our daily lives.

Christian Science points out that one of the most important facts of our being is God's constant love for us, His children. Therefore, to look for this love and know it in daily life is not wishful thinking or an escape from reality. It is dependence upon true spiritual fact and living by this fact every moment. Christ Jesus was always conscious of God's unfailing love.

Mary Baker Eddy Mary Baker Eddy is the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science and the author of the textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.   writes, "Father-Mother is the name for Deity, which indicates His tender relationship to His spiritual creation" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 332).

In His tender relationship to His children, God does love each one dearly. To know this and insist upon it until it improves our family relationships and all our friendships — will bring us a firm understanding of God's love. Then we will find that it has wiped out any feeling that we are unloved, unlovely, deserted, or alone. In this way we replace the unhappy sense of lovelessness with a warm conviction of blessedness.

Nothing on earth can interfere with the tender relation God holds to His children. Paul saw this clearly. He wrote to the Christians in Rome: "I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God" (Rom. 8:38, 39).

John, another great Biblical thinker, declared, "We love him, because he first loved us" (I John 4:19).

Christian Science has proved in countless instances that it is perfectly possible not only to look to God for the love we need but find it. God really does have infinite love for us. God not only loves, He is Love.

What a happy thing it would be if we were to open our eyes to all the love that God is pouring out to us, satisfying us, abundantly supplying our every need, and doing it now! We would cease to be concerned over whether anyone else loved us or not. As a matter of fact, we would soon find that people do love us, surprisingly often, much more than we ever thought they would.

When we come to express habitually the consciousness that God loves us, this will make us attractive to everyone. All people would like to have this quality within themselves. They are hungry and thirsty for the certainty of Love's (God's) presence and the surety that Love does tenderly care for them. They are irresistibly drawn to people who have this certainty.

Just knowing that Love is all-encompassing, therefore ever available, will carry you through the most difficult day. The inner conviction that you are the beloved of God and that the love He has for you is absolutely without limit is the greatest security you can know. It protects you from danger and fear.

Man is always worthy of such love, for God sees him always as he really is: His pure and perfect child.

Originally published in The Christian Science Monitor in 1970

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