Faces on Faith: Supporting love
In today’s fearful atmosphere, many people feel their day-to-day lives are outside of the range of God’s care and protection. The conventional view of life as material, reinforces this view and can add to one’s sense of utter vulnerability and hopelessness.
Christian Science has a very different perspective that involves divinity’s embrace of humanity. While materiality offers no indication of the power and presence of God’s supporting love, it doesn’t mean that man is cut off from divine help and support. Man, as the direct and immediate expression of God, as God’s offspring, has complete access to God’s care. While we may be struggling with issues of unemployment, disease, depression or despair, we can become conscious that we are here and now inseparable from God and under his capable and all governing care. One Christian Science writer suggests that the “Christ is the active presence of God’s supporting Love, and is always with us.” This same Christly sense is unfolding, inspiring, and directing our steps, as we move forward with our daily activities, shielded in love’s care.
Most of us know the 23rd Psalm, which David wrote while tending his sheep. Walking through the valley of the shadow of death while fearing no evil, is a huge challenge, even for the most enlightened of us. But a Bible promise from Jeremiah 29:11, promises: “I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Christian Science author Mary Baker Eddy shares the same perspective in her words from “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”: “The history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed on man by his heavenly Father, omnipotent Mind, who gives man faith and understanding, whereby to defend himself, not only from temptation, but from bodily suffering.”
Christian Science teacher and practitioner David Kennedy writes: “The unspeakably lovely, healing action of divinity coming to human consciousness, and embracing human experience, is the action of the Christ, and we hear Truth inwardly as spiritual intuitions and understanding, which instill greater hope and faith in God, and enable us to discern more clearly, the completeness of our true, God given selfhood, as we move forward, fully supported by Love.”
June Sieber is affiliated with the Sanibel Christian Science Church.