Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Comfort of Love

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Comfort of Love

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Hearing the news of mass shootings last week, I longed to take all the people of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Hesston, Kan., in my arms and in some way by some power remove any fear and grief they might feel. Physically this was impossible, but I took courage knowing I could embrace these communities in my prayers - affirming the power of God, who is Love (see I John 4:16), to bring relief and healing.

Speaking of the power of God's love to meet the human need for comfort, care, and healing, Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science and the founder of this newspaper, wrote: "Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need. It is not well to imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select number or for a limited period of time, since to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. 494).

Christ Jesus' healing works give undeniable proof that God is Love and that this Love is ever present to minister to each of us. Through his understanding of the activity of God's love to meet the needs of humanity, Jesus restored health to those who were sick and brought comfort and healing to those who were brokenhearted. His "humble prayers were deep and conscientious protests of Truth, - of man's likeness to God and of man's unity with Truth and Love," Mrs. Eddy explained (Science and Health, p. 12).

Jesus was not affirming that a vicious or victimized mortal was God's likeness. In his prayers, he looked beyond the human circumstances and protested in behalf of man's pure spiritual identity as God's likeness (see Genesis 1:26). His protests uplifted the human thought and freed it from sin, sickness, and sorrow.

When we make our mental protest that in our pure spiritual being we and our fellow men are one with God, Love, this brings to light Love's ability to meet us right where we are and communicate with each of us in a way that we can understand. …

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