Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Before We Call

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Before We Call

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GOD is instant in His love for His children--quicker than the rapid pace of human reasoning and events, quicker and more powerful even than our emotions. I have a friend who learned this once in dramatic fashion. She had been feeling low--very low--one winter. She had called a friend for support and prayer during one critical time, but the friend, while responding compassionately on the telephone, wasn't free to help her at that point. Then, in one very bad moment, my friend plugged all the passages to outside air in her kitchen, turned the gas on in her stove, and lay down on the floor, intending to take her own life. But as she grew drowsy, the telephone rang. It was the friend she had earlier asked for help. "Are you all right?" the friend asked in a way that made her question more of a statement than an inquiry. My friend, roused a bit from the drowsiness, told her what she had done. "Well, dear, just turn off that gas and open the windows!" And that was the end of it. No lectures. No cries of alarm. Just an immediate, loving command. And that was the end of any such inclination on the part of my friend. Doesn't such a powerful experience reinforce what the Bible teaches about the immediacy of God's love? "Before they call," we read in Isaiah, "I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear" (65:24). A little reasoning about the nature of God shows how His love can be so close to us, so immediate in our lives. The Bible tells us that He is divine Love itself. He is not just loving; He is Love. Love is His nature, His entire being. And since God is infinite Spirit, divine Love exists and operates completely apart from a human or material origin--although it uplifts and blesses human lives and is to be expressed by each one of us. The fact that God is infinite Spirit means that everything about His nature and being is in force at every place and at all times. …

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