Christian Scientists are very familiar with Mrs. Eddy’s statement in her seminal work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need”. This may include the need for supply, health, home, companionship, employment, and so on, and when these needs are met, we feel grateful that God, our loving Father-Mother, is ever-present and is always meeting our need, even when it seems otherwise.

I had an experience a few years ago when divine Love met my need in a very unexpected way.

I had been feeling very low about myself on various fronts, and it was hard to feel God’s presence in the midst of the gloomy thoughts that had been swirling around me for some time. Theoretically, I knew that God loved me and was saying to me, “Thou art my beloved daughter, in whom I am well pleased”, but this message was definitely not getting through to me.

Close to tears one afternoon, I decided to do some gardening. It was a huge mental effort to get myself outside and start weeding, and as ever I reached out to God for comfort and reassurance. I think I started humming some of my favourite hymns. All of a sudden, my mobile phone beeped, signalling an incoming text message. On opening the message, there were no words....just this long line of XXXs, or kisses, sent by a very dear friend.

I couldn’t help smiling...the message came out of the blue, and was so full of love, it could only have been impelled by divine Love. To me, it was a sign that I was indeed the beloved child of God, and that I could never be separated from Love, regardless of mortal mind’s parade of lies which I had been entertaining. The gloomy thoughts lifted and receded, and I soon felt at peace.

That loving text appeared just when I needed to feel the touch of the Christ, and I was so grateful for the love and kindness which had prompted it. A line from a much- loved hymn says it all: “He knows the angels that you need and sends them to your side to comfort, guard, and guide”.


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