Here it is, our true place in Life: Right by the continuous flow of good, directly from God. This good is refreshing, uplifting, sustaining, supporting, inspiring, unending, healing, freeing --- and our greatest asset, spiritual sense, knows and feels this. Mary Baker Eddy observes: "Spiritual sense is a conscious, constant capacity to understand God." (Science and Health, p. 209) As a side note: Wouldn't you want to have a book in your home that gives you insights like these?
Undoubtedly the Psalmist wrote down his poems using spiritual sense. In Psalm 36: 7,8 he poetizes about how much we are loved by God and how well we are sustained, every day, and it is here that he introduces a special river, the continuous flow of good - from God to His/Her entire creation, within creation, without end:
How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. (KJV)
How priceless is your unfailing love, o God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast in the abundance of your house; you give them drink from the river of your delights. (NIVUK)
Of what great worth is your lovingkindness, O God! The children of men come and are safe in the shadow of your wings. They are filled with the riches of Your house. And you give them a drink from the river of joy."
This stream of goodness never ceases. It is showering healing, an open path, meaning into your experience - pleasure, delights, and joy into our being --- the effect of divine Love is a purifying, empowering, rinsing, cleaning action, every moment of our being.
We are planted by this river, at home in God's house, at home as children are in their parental home. And because we are so well equipped, it comes natural to move on the blessing and give and heal others. By the river of God's joy it comes easy to be grateful, because there is so much good for everyone. Here is a podcast I shared for the Daily Lift, a podcast series of the Christian Science Publishing Society: Being ready.
Gentleness is having the power but deliberately not using it. Gentleness is self-control - expressed in calm and a confidence in the presence of God. It is a trust that God is meaningful. Gentleness is a disposition in sync with the larger picture. Gentleness is a virtue backed up by what the Bible calls, I find, the power of the Holy Spirit. The activity, vitality, life-inducing, life-empowering action of Good. It is something that exists - not as dream, but as a reality. Anybody expressing gentleness has the power to refrain from retaliation and engages in peacebuilding. The prerogative of the Holy Spirit. "A gentle answer turns away wrath" says Proverbs 15:1.
Gentleness does not encourage others to do what they want. Gentleness means that the power is on the side of good. And that you know that. So whatever others choose to do - gentleness is what you choose to do. Because you can.
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In my work as Christian Science practitioner and writer I draw on listening to God and listening to people.
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