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A heart on fire

From the May 2023 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The weekend of a friend’s wedding, the Christian Science Sunday church service was on the subject “Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced.” The service had been listed in the weekend program as one of the events, so two members of the wedding party who knew nothing about Christian Science decided to check it out. Seated directly in front of them during the service, I worried that the language or subject might seem strange. 

At the close of the service, I turned and invited them to share, frankly, their impressions of the service. I was prepared for polite but perhaps quizzical observations from them, at best. Instead, they looked really happy. One said, “This is exactly what I’ve felt all my life and had never been able to put words to.” The other agreed. 

That was an awakening for me! And it put to rest any limited notions of how hearts could be touched by Christian Science. Mary Baker Eddy describes this Science as “aflame with divine Love” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 367). How natural, then, that a heart receptive to the overflowing blessings of God’s goodness would be on fire when touched by that goodness, as those two individuals were in church that day. 

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