"...waking, dream shadows"


The other night, in the early hours, I woke up from a bad dream. Images of Covid-19 filled my thought, and I found myself dealing with feelings of fear and foreboding. In those initial waking moments, I wasn’t sure if I was dealing with reality, or just a passing nightmare which had appeared very real to me.

As I sat on the edge of the bed, endeavouring to dismiss the disturbing dream and its graphic images, an angel message just dropped into thought: “God is. This isn’t. That’s that”. Or as Mrs. Eddy puts it in Science and Health, “God is everywhere, and nothing apart from Him is present or has power”. ('Science & Health, with Key to the Scriptures', Mary Baker Eddy, page 473 8-10)

Holding on to that angel thought, I got back into bed, and began listening quietly to the New Song Group CD, GRACENOTES. The hymns on this CD never fail to comfort and reassure me when I am in need, and this time was no exception. After a while I began to feel more at peace, and eventually I fell asleep.

Our Leader reassures us that all forms of error are “waking dream-shadows, dark images of mortal thought which flee before the light of Truth”.  (S&H page 418: 29) And in her hymn, “It matters not what be thy lot”, she states: “False fears are foes, Truth tatters those, when understood”.  (Christian Science Hymnal, page 160)  As soon as I became fully conscious that those fearful, “dark images of mortal thought” were just a night-dream, and not a reality, they quickly dissolved and disappeared from consciousness.

For the next few days, I kept pondering that angel message, “God is. This isn’t. That’s that”. And then, one morning, a poem just appeared in thought, which I quickly scribbled down on a piece of paper. This is what came to me:

'Through the gloom of error’s night, a chink of light:
“God is.
This isn’t.

That’s that”.
No place for error where all space
is filled with God.'

Just as an anchor is indispensable to a boat, so Christian Science is indispensable to me. It keeps me anchored in the Truth, even though “The storm may roar without me, my heart may low be laid, but God is round about me, and can I be dismayed?” (Christian Science Hymnal  p 148)

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