As a child, I was often told I was unwanted, unwelcome, even a “thorn in the flesh.” These remarks sank deeply into my heart. And so, when I was an adult, the following lines from the Bible gained great importance to me: “Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.” And a few lines later, “Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee” (Isaiah 43:1, 4).
When I became acquainted with Christian Science, I thankfully learned that Father-Mother God was my divine Parent. This apprehension was helping me to forgive those who had said hurtful things and to begin to remove the deep-seated pain from my heart. But I had not been aware that simply getting past the verbal barbs would not remove the roots of the aching. Being told, “You are loved by God, Elisabeth,” still did not help the ache.
One day at a Christian Science students’ association meeting, I heard those words “You are loved by God” yet again, and as in the years before, they had little effect on me. But this time those words, within this particular talk, were followed by some others that I had never heard in my life: “You are a ‘wanted’ child.” And they struck my consciousness like lightning. That was exactly what I needed to hear!
I realized that, regardless of human circumstance, I had always been wanted, known, and loved by God as His immortal spiritual idea. No idea of God is ever unwanted. What those words triggered within felt like an earthquake. And no wonder; those words did reach the roots of the hurt left by unkind words and started dragging and pulling them out.
Those words resonated for a long time. The meaning of them wouldn’t just occupy me for days or weeks, but for many months, and I began considering the questions that arose in my consciousness. I began searching for answers to questions like: Why does God love me? In what way am I seen and perceived by God? and so on.
The answers were profound: I am loved by God, because I am His spiritual idea, the perfect reflection of God, Spirit. There has never been a single moment when He wouldn’t have loved me, or when I could have been unwanted in His sight, or even when I didn’t exist. I have always been protected in divine Mind, which is Love, and I always will be.
Since man coexists with God, man is, as God is, without beginning or ending. There never was a moment of separation and therefore never a moment when I was not God’s image.
I began to see more clearly that each person is perfectly secure, loved, and protected within Mind. And there is no other place where anyone actually dwells. As we read in Acts, “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring” (17:28).
God perceives His creation without flaws or faults. Therefore it was impossible for me to be unloved, because I am totally one with God, Spirit. Speaking of his own inseparability from God, Christ Jesus once said, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30), and he taught that this inseparability from God is true of each one of God’s children.
God always has a clear conception of His own ideas, in every moment, and He is always one with His ideas. To be in a state of separation would be unthinkable and impossible since there is only one Ego and one Spirit, reflected and expressed by man.
As I took this concept further, I could see that divine Love is the universal remedy to all inner and outer disharmonies. Divine Love is leading the human mind back onto God’s path, where it finds redemption and healing by yielding to the only Mind, God.
And finally, I learned that the spiritual ideas in the Scriptures, as well as in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, are valid for all time—past, present, and future. This means that the proclamation that I am a complete reflection of God, and therefore am always loved and wanted by my Father-Mother God, is eternally valid. And I am eternally valid.
I’m so grateful for this important step in spiritual understanding.
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