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Forever in God’s love

From the December 7, 2015 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

“I’m in your corner” is a phrase I often tell my children, both adult and younger ones, whenever they face tough decisions. I simply want them to know that they are not alone. I may not be with them personally at the time I’m saying this, but what I mean by it is that I support their decisions. I’m assuring them of my unconditional love for them. They tell me they appreciate that.

As important, comforting, and reassuring as such a connection is to both my children and me, I have found it is even more important for us to realize that God is always in our corner—or, more accurately, that we are always in His corner; in other words, that we are always in the infinitude of God’s presence, and that we are always at one with Him. The Bible declares, “In him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28). We can never be outside the embrace of God, the infinite Spirit, or without His care and guidance.

Moses proved this to be true. One day, while in his father-in-law’s employ, he came upon a burning bush. It wasn’t being consumed, and this puzzled him. So he examined the situation more closely, and, as the Bible tells us, he actually heard the voice of God speaking to him by name (see Exodus 3). During his communication with God, he was called to a mission to lead the children of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt, a mission that was clear, purposeful, and very challenging.

Moses discovered that God was with him, guiding and governing his life. That is true for each of us as well, in all that we need to do. We all live in God because we are His spiritual ideas, who are one with God as the expression of His being. Right within our consciousness we can discern God’s presence, as we pray and grow in our understanding of God.

We are always in the infinitude of God’s presence.

David the Psalmist recognized something of his inseparability from God when he wrote, “O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me” (Psalms 139:1). The reader of that verse can feel the sense of tenderness and nearness to God that those words convey. They were written by someone who not only loved God, but also felt deep within himself God’s strong, comforting love for him. In that same psalm, David also wrote: “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee” (verses 17, 18).

Christ Jesus’ understanding of his closeness to God was unparalleled by anyone. From his life and works it’s clear that he didn’t accept any suggestion that he could ever be separated from the Divine. Being the Son of God, he lived so close to God that he radiated God’s divine power and presence to heal disease and sin. He spoke these wonderful words: “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30). Following his example today, we can refuse to think of ourselves as separate from God, divine Love, because we are in reality God’s children, His spiritual reflection.

Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of this magazine, learned how to prove the truth of our coexistence with God. In the Christian Science textbook she wrote: “As a drop of water is one with the ocean, a ray of light one with the sun, even so God and man, Father and son, are one in being. The Scripture reads: ‘For in Him we live, and move, and have our being’ ” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 361).

This biblical elucidation of man’s oneness with God is essential to understanding our true identity. Mrs. Eddy’s teachings show that as we identify ourselves correctly as God’s children, as His beloved spiritual offspring, or expression, we discover more of our infinite capacity as God’s reflection to do and be good. The identification of ourselves as spiritual—as the idea of God, who is infinite Spirit—can break through all kinds of limitations, including disease.  

The understanding of our spiritual selfhood as whole, complete, and well—as the perfect reflection of the one perfect God and as being always under the all-powerful and loving care of God—leaves no space for disease to exist, let alone to spread or restrict anyone. When we have this spiritual understanding, healing happens naturally.

Our family has found this healing, protecting power of God to be invaluable many times. Some years ago, one of our sons felt unusually warm to the touch. I stayed near his bed that night while he slept to make sure he was OK. We called a Christian Science practitioner to give our son Christian Science treatment and to support my prayers and the prayers of my wife. In the morning, our son seemed better. He ate well that day, but in the afternoon he broke out with welts on his body. He fell asleep in our bed shortly before dinner time.

I had to go to an important meeting that night, but my wife stayed close to our son and read from Science and Health while I was gone. The practitioner continued to give treatment as well. As I drove to my meeting, and again on the way home, the following words from the Bible played over in my thinking: “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Romans 8:16).  

I had to know that my son was held forever in God, completely protected and sheltered.

I have always taken my role as a parent very seriously, but that night I needed to realize more than ever that God was my son’s true Parent. I had to know that my son was held forever in God, completely protected and sheltered, unconditionally loved and spiritually well and whole. And not only did I begin to feel that my son truly was in God’s embrace, but I felt more and more that I was right there too—that both child and parent were embraced in the Divine. A parent’s love can comfort, but divine Love heals.

When I returned home, my wife told me that our son was still asleep in our bed, and she asked me to move him to his own bed. As I was gently carrying him down the hallway, I noticed in the light that not a single mark was on him! I called my wife while our son continued to sleep, and we were both astonished at the perfect condition of his skin, as if there had never been a mark on it. This was overwhelming proof to us of the reality and reliability of God’s healing power, which is quick and effective.

It is wonderful to be loved by family and friends. We all need to feel loved. But an understanding that we are actually unfailingly loved and cared for by divine Love, as Love’s precious child, is what enables us to experience Love’s healing power. Divine Love warmly embraces us in joy, safety, and health. 

No matter where you are, no matter how you feel, you are in reality in the infinitude of God’s love, even now, and this understanding heals.

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