Holding the newest grandson of the family in my arms was a sacred experience. I marveled at this precious tiny one’s simple show of trust in, and receptivity to, being cared for, as he leaned on me and rested peacefully.
Holding him impelled me to think more deeply about God as both Principle and Love, whose tender, immutable, spiritual law of good upholds, sustains, and safeguards all of us in harmony. Is it possible for us to trust God without hesitation, assured that we are and will be upheld and cared for? Absolutely yes. These lines from Hymn 134 in the Christian Science Hymnal allude to God’s all-encompassing governance: “Embosomed deep in Thy dear love, / Held in Thy law, I stand” (Samuel Longfellow).
Christmastime, during which the birth of Jesus is honored around the world, is a time to reflect on Christ and what it means for us today. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, wrote in her book entitled Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896: “To the vision of the Wisemen, this spiritual idea of the Principle of man or the universe, appeared as a star. At first, the babe Jesus seemed small to mortals; but from the mount of revelation, the prophet beheld it from the beginning as the Redeemer, who would present a wonderful manifestation of Truth and Love” (p. 164).