Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

God's Grandeur ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

God's Grandeur ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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On a recent hike with a friend, I was preoccupied and really worried about money. My husband and I had made a huge move overseas that entailed quitting my job, and I was unable to obtain new work.

Spending money on anything but groceries felt frivolous, and I was close to panic about our financial situation.

At one point on our hike, I sat down to enjoy the view. Extensive mountain ranges stretched out before me for as far as I could see. As I looked at the mountains, I saw part of a waterfall emerging from the rock wall.

As I looked, a favorite quotation came to mind from Mary Baker Eddy's book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "The depth, breadth, height, might, majesty, and glory of infinite Love fill all space. That is enough!" (page 520). I began to consider each word individually, relating it to the scenery in front of me.

Depth: The mountains echoed the depth of God, with their endlessness and vastness. It was a three-dimensional picture. Considering the depth of God, I realized that my lack of money couldn't be the whole picture.

Breadth: The range of things to look at symbolized God's breadth. There was the waterfall, a trickling stream, vegetation, antelope grazing nearby, and the mountains. God is not just deep - going in one direction - but He also has breadth, which conveys the infinite extent of the one infinite God. And God is Love, so we are always surrounded by both the breadth and the depth of Love, caring for and supporting us at each step.

Height: Height, along with depth and breadth, creates a complete spatial picture of the hugeness of God.

Might: God isn't just spatially present; He expresses might and majesty within that infinite space. To me, might means strength and power. But since God is Love, His strength isn't frightening or punishing. Instead, it's a strength we can lean on for help in any situation. And I felt frightened, so it was comforting to think about leaning on God - who fills all space - for strength. …

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