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One morning a number of years ago, I had a strong impulse to get an early start on the day, so I sat down to read the Christian Science Bible Lesson before going to work. The subject for the week was “Love.”

One citation, the assertion in First John that “God is love” (4:8), particularly stood out to me and caught my attention. It’s a simple concept, but I felt its meaning as I began to think about how God unconditionally loves and cares for each of us. By the time I finished, I felt a strong, firm, peaceful sense of God’s presence with me.

Then I did something that morning I was not in the habit of doing. I paused before opening the front door of the store and prayed, “God, help me see the Christ in everyone this day.” That prayer came from a sincere desire to see the good in everyone. During my early morning study, I had discovered quite a few citations throughout the Lesson that referenced the healing power and presence of the Christ, defined in Science and Health as “the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness” (p. 332).

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