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"ALL THAT I HAVE IS THINE"

From the May 1962 issue of The Christian Science Journal


How often we hear the words, "I'm on my own now." They may be spoken by an individual to whom they spell the desolation of loneliness and uncertainty or, quite oppositely, from the standpoint of boastfulness and pride. Yet is man, the son of God, ever really "on his own"? Truly man never ceases to be a dependent, and his sole dependency is upon God. The first chapter of Genesis establishes man's status forever as the image of God, and an image, or reflection, has no self-derived being; it is forever dependent for selfhood and sustenance upon its original source.

How significantly our Way-shower, Christ Jesus, pointed to his relationship with the Father as the basis of his mighty demonstrations! At one time he said (Luke 15:31): "Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine."

Christians have for centuries been comforted by these words, but only the light which Christian Science casts upon them enables us to grasp and make practical the profound spiritual truth they set forth. In "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany," after referring to the Adam-dream, our Leader, Mrs. Eddy, writes (p. 5), "Wholly apart from this mortal dream, this illusion and delusion of sense, Christian Science comes to reveal man as God's image, His idea, coexistent with Him— God giving all and man having all that God gives."

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