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Deepening our connection to God

From the March 2011 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Stand at the rim of the Grand Canyon and you quickly gain an appreciation for the depth of the canyon floor. Stand on the canyon floor and you at once get a sense of the height of the rim. Measure the depth from rim to floor, or the height from floor to rim. They are equidistant. In other words, depth and height are not opposites. They mirror one another. This is true in the case of canyons. It is also true in the case of God.

Mary Baker Eddy, who was a devoted follower of Christ Jesus, and who discovered there is a Science of God, explored the heights and depths of the God who is Love. In her writings she did not—to our great benefit—restrict her descriptions of the divine presence to just the language of height or to only the terminology of depth. In one place she writes of “deep divinity,” in another she speaks of “the heights of holiness,” and in still another she references both in a single passage: “The depth, breadth, height, might, majesty, and glory of infinite Love fill all space” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 546, 514, and 520). Perhaps these terms tell us, among other things, of the absolute omnipresence of God. He has no interest in keeping Himself secret from His offspring. It is in Him to disclose His nature, His presence, and His power.

As spiritual seekers gain in their understanding of Him, they grow in readiness to embrace this disclosure. One of the most profound realities He discloses is that there is such a thing as Love in the universe. Love runs deep. So this reality isn’t always superficially apparent. However, it is always true. As one’s thought and focus go deep, one glimpses more of the Love that meets the needs and feeds the spiritual hunger of humanity. In an age that has seen miners trapped in the depths of the earth for months, and astronauts floating in the heights of the heavens for even more months, this understanding of His presence and problem-solving power has special meaning. Even the most remote points of the universe are within His reach, are already “in His hands.” The God of infinite depth is the God of limitless height.

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