My husband and I could demonstrate in a humble way what difference it makes when human thought is brought under the gravitational pull of divine Love and its order of events, the basic law of the powerhouse of Love. We were in search for the right buyers of our condominium and for a new condominium at about the same time, and at the proposal of a Christian Science practitioner we looked at the concept of home in the Bible. We were encouraged to pray with the story of the woman of Shunem. In this story as related in the fourth chapter of 2 Kings, a spiritually minded woman prepares a place for a prophet, for Elisha, who occasionally comes through her village. She tells her husband: “I know that this man who often comes our way is a holy man of God. Let’s make a small room on the roof and put in it a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp for him. Then he can stay there whenever he comes to us.”
(2. Kings 4) This story is about divine perception and about spiritual attraction at the same time.
This lamp my husband and I understood for our situation to be the expectancy of Love as expressed in gratitude, spiritual sense, willingness to follow. Light in "the window" of thought - our task! There is something wonderfully meek and gentle about putting out a mental light – while at the same time looking out for a light which will draw us home. The acknowledgment and perception of spiritual truth enable us to see the specifics of good for our experience, but also enable us to become visible to good in a specific way. Spiritual understanding is this light on the candlestick. I actively included in my prayer everyone without a home, refugees, poor and lost people on the go, addressing homelessness as a terrible imposition on humanity which Love’s embrace rectifies.
In Isaiah (chapter 60) we read: “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee.”
What we perceived was the double action of the powerhouse of Love: There is the light marking home and there is the capacity and guidance to perceive this light. Spiritual sense is the effect of Spirit on us, the effect of the will of Love to be felt and known – it marks the attraction of Love and makes Love visible. “Arise, shine; for thy light is come.” Our house found a family after our commitment to Love’s design became honest and sincere, but I remember one moment when being shaken with the prospect of selling our home, leaving our beloved family home behind. It was again a comment by my husband which broke through my sadness. “We are never selling or leaving home, dear; we are just selling a house.” In order to sort through step two of our experience, finding a new home for ourselves, we had gone for a few days to the seaside to pray and listen and sort this out.
The finding happened a few hours later, when my husband closed his Bible with vigor and declared an end to searching as opposed to finding. A phone call from a realtor reached us. We went directly to this gorgeous pre-WWII residential building in a historic area of our town which our family cherished for a long time, and learned it had been filled with classical music concerts for decades, something we deeply cherish, too. We can confidently say that the understanding of home as a powerhouse brought with it the ability to see and perceive its concrete expression in our experience. It also strengthened us to replace a limited sense of home for the expansive view of home as the consciousness of divine Love.
Now in other areas, too, I find placing a mental lamp (announcing the demand) and at the same time looking out for the answer (the supply part) is a powerful tool. God's love is providing the inspiration for both.
We think we can get away with anything. And sometimes in the short run we actually can - jumping on a bus without a ticket, ignoring a stop sign late at night, telling a lie, being rude without a consequence for us. We pretend to know or understand, when in fact we don't. Or to be more patient or forgiving than we are. That is the nature of the human condition.
While praying for someone in need it came to me that there is something that can get away with anything. That is allowed to do anything it pleases and move forward at any speed that is right. That is truly powerful and holds all the answers to all the questions we might have in her hands. And that is Truth.
"Truth can get away with anything" - the thought expanded and the accompanying feeling of integrity and courage. Truth can do what it pleases, outline, guide, or rule in any way it finds fitting. Truth is all power and the only point of true rest, peace, and reality there is or can every be.
Truth is all power, so in our human experience, when in doubt, I thought, look for the real thing and go with the real thing. Opt for truthfulness, for an expression of what is right under the given circumstances. Endeavor to get to know Truth, God. See the link between Truth, God, and integrity, moral courage, purity, and never be afraid to speak the truth to power. With Truth you cannot negotiate or try to achieve a compromise. Truth is. With Truth you can only cooperate and grow into living it and thriving by it. (Similar to gravity, really). Mary Baker Eddy asks in an article these questions: "Can eternity end? Can Life die? Can Truth be uncertain?" (Pulpit and Press, p. 3)
A wonderful consistency of living is running through anyone honoring Truth. Truth is so gentle and always on our side. Truth is continuous. The case I prayed for, was healed and I learned an important lesson.
Let the wit and the empowerment by this idea - "Truth can get away with anything" - expand in your heart and enable you to look at the way you live your days, how you handle relationships and what priorities you have. No guilt will haunt your steps, no regrets or sadness will follow you around as you remember that quite naturally only Truth can get away with anything. Truth was always true and error never was. This is pure law in God's world. There is a lot to discover, a lot to let go and a lot to redeem, purify, and uplift. Truly. "Truth can get away with anything." Everything else simply can't.
Who is writing?
In my work as Christian Science practitioner and writer I draw on listening to God and listening to people.
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