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Share “a cup of cold water”

From the August 2021 issue of The Christian Science Journal

When we are thirsting, there is nothing more satisfying than a glass of cold water. But how do you satisfy those who may be athirst spiritually? An observation in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, clearly answers that question. It says: “Millions of unprejudiced minds—simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert—are waiting and watching for rest and drink. Give them a cup of cold water in Christ’s name, and never fear the consequences” (p. 570). Another citation in the book brings the point home: “Giving a cup of cold water in Christ’s name, is a Christian service” (p. 436). 

Christian Science lectures provide that cup of spiritual refreshment and renewal. They awaken listeners to their God-created and God-sustained individuality, which is perfect and solely spiritual. In times past I have hesitated to offer that “cup of cold water.” But more recently, I’ve been assured that when we diligently pray and listen for direction from divine Mind, we can be led to take the right steps toward promoting spiritual growth. And the result is healing.

Some years ago after attending a Christian Science lecture, I went away thinking about some of the ideas presented. They gave me a sense of clarity about my ability to share Christian Science more freely with others. The lecturer conveyed the need to correct skepticism and false perceptions about Christian Science. I began to see that it is not difficult to help others directly connect with God. Because everyone truly is the reflection of God, maintained and sustained without pause, all humanity shares in this wonderful truth without measure. Therefore, there are no consequences to fear when we discern and act on a precious opportunity to help our neighbor learn about and even effectively practice Christian healing.

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