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Spiritual light—always at hand in the darkest night

From the December 1997 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Jesus cried out on the cross, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Matt. 27:46. The anguish, humiliation, and apparent defeat he experienced on the cross seemed conclusive. Yet the spiritual fact is that God was continuously cherishing His Son and maintaining his eternal life. This truth was soon seen in the glory of the resurrection and ascension.

Reflecting on this has heartened me when problems have seemed overwhelming and insoluble. Jesus' despairing outcry on the cross and his triumph over all material conditions so shortly thereafter indicate that neither the seeming magnitude of a problem nor the length of its duration is a measure of its credibility. Right where it looked as though Jesus had been overcome by evil, he was on the threshold of proving it powerless.

We, too, can prove evil powerless. Whether a difficulty seems large or small, or yields quickly or slowly, is of less importance than the spiritual truth that no condition unsupported by divine authority has ever really existed. What seems to be a daunting challenge can and must dissolve into the nothingness it truly is.

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