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From the September 2007 issue of The Christian Science Journal

When a dear friend passed on a couple of years ago, I felt a big void in my life. One day when I had something to share with her—but couldn't—I realized how much I missed our conversations. Yearning to find my peace, I remembered some familiar words from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: "The intercommunication is always from God to His idea, man" (p. 284). This concept seemed to fly in the face of my daily experience since I'm in communication with people every day and did communicate with this friend before she passed on. Does intercommunication solely from God negate all our conversations with others?

As I prayed to understand this better, another idea popped into thought: Sometimes we get light from the moon. Since I know that moonlight is actually light reflected from the sun, I understood this thought as a gentle message from God reminding me that He truly is the source and communicator of all good. That I and everyone, including my friend, as reflections of God, receive and continue to receive our good thoughts directly from Him. This assured me that none of us can ever be separated from good, from the ideas, inspiration, and help we need because we can never be separated from God. The good my friend and I received and shared with each other all came directly from our divine Source. In fact, the reflected goodness of God was actually the substance of our friendship.

This also nudged me to stop limiting the ways and means that good could come into my life. For instance, I didn't need to depend on any particular person for my life to be complete. I could fully expect God's goodness to provide exactly what I needed, when I needed it. I could let go of what I thought I wanted and open up to God's eternal goodness, which is continually communicating to me and everyone. I just needed to stop and listen.

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