Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Holding Up the Light

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Holding Up the Light

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When tornadoes hit the southern United States, it was reported that a father picked up a flashlight when he heard the storm and rushed to get his three children to safety. He thought his son was lost in the tornado, but after the storm passed, he saw his son walking toward him, unharmed. The boy had followed the light that his father was holding, to return home (see "Miracle of Alabama" DailyMail.com).

We often see people caught up in various storms - whether they be turbulent relationships between peers or distressing situations - but no matter the type, we all can follow the light to find our way home.

The light that can reach and embrace us at any age and under any circumstance is spiritual; it is God's unchanging, ever-present love, in which we are always safe. In prayer, seeing everyone in the light of the Christ, as God's children, made in His image and likeness gives us a view of God and man that shows us that no one can really be separated from God's care. It says in Psalm 139, "Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me" (verses 7- 10).

We can trust God through every storm and realize that, in God's care, we cannot be pulled away or separated from good. We cannot fall out of God's love - it is everywhere and fills all space. As we understand that God, who is divine Love itself, tenderly, calmly guides and holds us, what appears to be an urgent, chaotic situation is replaced with peace. This peace is the result of our human view yielding to the divine. Mary Baker Eddy noted in her textbook on healing, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need" (p. 494).

Christian Science prayer does not wrestle vainly with storms that could harm us; instead, it affirms the calm and peace of ever- present Love right where the twisting logic of human events attempts to invade. …

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