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An early morning lesson

From the January 2019 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Early morning walks with my dog are always a peaceful time, and with no one else around, they are a great opportunity for quiet prayer and communing with God. One morning as I began to enter the woods, the sunlight burst through the trees in all its splendor and glory. I was in awe as I saw the sun’s rays come sharply into focus, drenching everything in light.

I had never seen this in quite such a startling way before—and I felt as though it represented something God was telling me. Here were the sun and the sunlight and the individual rays, together as one. This made a lasting impression on me; it was such a clear illustration, pointing to the allness of God and showing perfectly what Mary Baker Eddy describes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “As a drop of water is one with the ocean, a ray of light one with the sun, even so God and man, Father and son, are one in being. The Scripture reads: ‘For in Him we live, and move, and have our being’ ” (p. 361).

Sometimes it can seem hard to pray and affirm spiritual ideas when faced with all the different challenges that can come up. When I come across a complicated situation that needs my prayer, I turn my thoughts away from the material picture and open my consciousness to spiritual light, symbolized by the sun and the rays. 

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