WHEN I BEGAN TO STUDY CHRISTIAN SCIENCE I was delighted to find in Science and Health, a glossary, which offers the spiritual sense—the original meaning—for many Biblical terms. I had often felt that some of the Bible verses had deeper and more significant meaning than appears on the surface. One example is the familiar verse, "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning" (Ps. 30:5).
Surely, I thought it isn't just the coming of daylight that brings joy. A vastly deeper and more healing meaning is given this loved verse because of the spiritual sense of morning in the Glossary. The explanation reads, "Morning. Light; symbol of Truth; revelation and progress" (p. 591). This definition and others in the Glossary have expanded the Bible's grand messages for me, and that new understanding has in turn brought healing into my life.
Some years ago, our daughter, then quite young, said that she didn't feel well. I made her cozy on the couch in the living room where she spent most of the day. That evening after she fell asleep, I went to bed. I awakened in the middle of the night and felt impelled to check on her. Her breathing was labored. Suddenly I was filled with fear. I hadn't turned on a light and the dark night was foreboding. Oh, how I wished it was morning! I reached out to God with all my heart, and the thought that came to me so clearly was, It is morning now.
At first I was confused by this answer to my prayer, but then I recalled an insight that I had gained weeks before when reading the definition of morning in the Glossary. I had reasoned then that morning, being "revelation and progress" could come at any time—in the dark of the night or at any time of the day. Now the realization of this fact broke through my fear. I felt clearly that our loving Father-Mother was and always would be caring for our daughter, and God's presence and power were very real to me. I reasoned that as quickly as this revelation had come so would healing.
This all transpired in a few minutes, and in those moments our daughter's breathing returned to normal. I moved the covers a little bit, and she opened her eyes. She smiled at me and then went back to a normal sleep.
I stayed in the living room praying and rejoicing in this evidence of spiritual revelation and healing progress. I knew that morning would always be to me a "symbol of Truth"—a symbol that God is present at any time of the day or night. This wonderful spiritual light had come before sunrise. When daylight awakened our daughter, she was completely well and ready for a big day.
But the spiritual understanding of morning does more than meet middle-of-the-night fears. It can silence the old refrain, "O how I hate to get up in the morning." While the morning referred to here begins when the alarm clock rings, our awakening can be blest by the spiritual sense of morning. I have discovered that basing each day on the spiritually insightful definitions of day, evening, morning, and night, as found in the Glossary, lifts our lives above the wearying mundane.
No matter how dark any night may be, we can hear the message that it is morning now, and greet each day of God's unfolding goodness.
Contributing Editor Bea Roegge of Chicago, Illinois, is a practitioner and teacher of Christian Science.
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