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Never alone

From the January 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

We've all faced times when being alone has been appealing, but being alone can also seem frightening. An important concept I’ve been learning through the study of Christian Science is that God’s love for each of us is here, now, and always will be. There is never a moment that we exist without Him and the good He provides, and His presence precludes any adverse circumstance. Our safety and well-being are God’s business, and His faithfulness to that end is unwavering. 

Since God is Spirit and we are His creation, our oneness with Him must be understood to be spiritual not material. As we acknowledge the truth of our spiritual heritage as recorded in the first chapter of Genesis, the false concept that we are struggling mortals alone in a hostile world apart from God will cease. Such was my experience some years ago. 

Shortly after rising one morning, I felt a disturbance in my body and found it difficult to stand. Returning to the bedroom, I just made it in time to fall onto my unmade bed. It was a cool, crisp October morning, and the window had been left open. I began to feel cold and was unable to move. Momentarily, I saw myself as alone, immobile, and without help. When the feeling that I might lose consciousness took hold, I fought to stay awake and alert. Yet, God’s presence was evident to me even then.

First, I acknowledged the effectiveness of my daily prayer for myself each morning before beginning my activities of the day. Were those prayers never to see fruition? I knew they would. More powerful than my human assessment of the situation was the conviction that my daily prayers were even now at work in my time of need. The initial fear that I was alone without help began to subside, and a flood of healing ideas filled my consciousness. 

A snippet of spiritual fact from Science and Health came to mind. I remembered that man is defined as “the conscious identity of being as found in Science, in which man is the reflection of God, or Mind, and therefore is eternal” (p. 475). As this understanding of my true being became clearer to me, the fear that I could somehow slip into oblivion was quietly destroyed and the ever-presence of good filled my thought. 

Another familiar idea came to me from the Christian Science Hymnal: “My best, my ever Friend” (John Ryland, No. 224). This omnipotent Friend refers to God. The hymn affirms that we may go to Him in every trouble and be assured of His care. 

The sensation of a malfunction in my body tried to alarm me, but a childlike trust welled up within me, telling me to put my hand in God’s. I soon felt the peace that follows when fear no longer holds one’s attention. I knew that no human aid could match God’s immediate, dependable, and healing power. I knew I was not alone.

Now unaware of my surroundings or the physical structure of my body, I became mindful only of my being in and of God, Spirit. My existence as His divine idea permeated my thought. What soon followed was a conscious awareness of warmth—of being enveloped in pure holiness. I felt the presence of God in the deepest sense I’d ever known. I arose quickly, filled with joy. I had complete freedom of movement and never experienced an episode like that again. 

God never loses sight of us. Even a glimpse of His ever-present goodness has great implications for the healing of mankind. How important it is to emphatically deny the suggestion that God is remote or irrelevant in our daily lives. Our journey out of the belief of life in matter into the consciousness of Life in God, Spirit, is an ongoing journey. Whether our progress is slow or fast, God is with us every step of the way.

Christ Jesus said, “I am not alone, because the Father is with me” (John 16:32). You and I, as sons and daughters of God, have the same divine authority to claim our inseparable being with God. Are we alone? Never for a moment!

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