Faces on Faith: The power of love
A recent NBC “Making a Difference” segment featured a pre-school teacher donating one of her kidneys to her young student to save her life. The segment showed a nurse wheeling the recovering teacher in to the student’s hospital room after the successful operation, so they could touch and hold hands. The teacher said, “Now we’re kidney buddies for life” and the little girl agreed.
What propels a person to make such a sacrifice? Divine love surely is the inspiration. Christian Science reveals love as not just a quality of God, but God as love itself. Family tension, job loss or illness, can make divine love feel so remote as to be non-existent to many families.
Last year a teenage relative was experiencing such agony from both wheat and dairy allergies that she missed months of school from painful cramping, diarrhea, headache and fatigue. The news media reports Celiac disease to be practically ubiquitous among teenagers, as well as adults.
I knew my granddaughter desperately needed to feel God’s love embracing her and giving her hope of freedom from this painful prognosis. A wonderful quote from “Miscellaneous Writings” by Mary Baker Eddy, jumped out at me. “You, safely sheltered in the strong tower of hope, faith, and love, are God’s nestling; and He will hide you in His feathers til the storm has passed. Into his haven of soul there enters no element of earth to cast out angels, to silence the right intuition, which guides you safely home.”
I followed this with precisely directed prayer and the assurance that God as love, was tenderly governing, functioning, and controlling every aspect of her digestion, assimilation, and elimination harmoniously and that she could expect healing and freedom. Not overnight, but gradually the symptoms lessened and she was able to finish 6th grade. Her 7th grade year is just wrapping up essentially pain free, with her being chosen top soloist in an Austin, Texas district competition and scoring in the top l percent in her state academic tests.
The Christian Science concept of Divine Love as all Presence, all Power, all Action, which gave me confidence in my prayers for her, is wonderfully summarized in this statement from the Christian Science textbook, “Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy: “The power of Christian Science and divine love is omnipotent. It is indeed adequate to unclasp the hold and to destroy, disease, sin, and death.” (p. 4l2)
June Sieber, Sanibel Christian Science Church