There is a much beloved hymn in the Christian Science world, which goes like this:
Place on the Lord reliance; / My heart, with courage wait; / His truth be thine affiance, / When faint and desolate: / His might thy heart shall strengthen, / His love thy joy increase; / Thy day shall mercy lengthen: / The Lord will give thee peace. (The Christian Science Hymnal, No. 77:2)
The other day a small part of this paragraph caught my attention. God's day is lengthening mercy. I was wondering what I could do to demonstrate this spiritual truth for myself and others, what this could mean for my prayer for the world and my healing Christian Science practice. Isn't it a great way to observe God's government, guidance, and tenderness in action as it lengthens, increases, expands mercy --- today?
A few days ago I had an appointment with my hairdresser. I had spent the morning with prayer for myself and for the world and I felt the oneness of all of us in the one Divinity. Gratitude and joy. As I settled in she mentioned that her dog was very ill and that she couldn't bear to see him pass away. As it happened the dog was right there with us in the store. To my own surprise I heard myself say that the dog will not pass away. She looked at me with the same surprise and said: O.k. Tell me more. It came to me to talk with her about the purity of her dog and his expectancy of him to be fed by her with all the good and strong ideas he represents. The dog is looking at her and expecting her to lead his thought. When asking how, I started to share those qualities I could immediately see in the dog and I also mentioned that we don't have the time to let anything else slip through the cracks. I was remembering Mary Baker Eddy's counsel: Blot out the images of mortal thought and its beliefs in sickness and sin. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 391:3–4)
We continued to collect qualities in the next hour and agreed that they all reflected in an individual way our creator. As our conversation unfolded another area of her life was mentioned and an idea, meaningful to her, came to mind as well. I shared more ideas. I could see the dog revive and feel better - and follow us around in the store.
When it was time to leave I felt I should give her something to work with. Since the dog was evidently communicating an SOS it came to me to come up with a spiritual answer. I took three qualities we had worked with the previous hour and put them together like this: Strength-Order-Soul. A spiritual way to answer the dog's SOS. She wrote down her "spiritual SOS", beaming that she had something tangible to work with. From the basis of our spirituality we both agreed that this was the truth about her dog, that this was the true way of seeing the dog, and this true way will bring healing. She and I talked a little bit about the churches we attend and the praying we do and we both expressed deep gratitude for a God that is Love.
"Thy day shall mercy lengthen."
I expect to see much more happen. I expect the dog to be permanently healed and I expect more conversations about the matters of Spirit with her and others. After all: We are one family - one very big family stemming from one Father-Mother-God. No strangers anywhere, just family members. No "others", just family members. This includes those representatives of other nations that share the kingdom of heaven right here on earth with us. Those representatives we call animals, who are nations in their own right, who are ideas of the same Father-Mother-God that envisions and creates us, as we speak.
"Thy day shall mercy lengthen".
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