Our nation is reeling after the mass shooting in Las Vegas (or the forest fires, or the hurricanes…it seems to go on and on) At the same time, individually, someone may be mourning the death of a loved one, from crime, disease, or accident, perhaps even relationship disasters like divorce or break-ups. The scale may be different, but the challenge to our hearts similar.
So, how to think now? How to feel now?
We have to listen, not talk. We have to receive wisdom — we have to be open-hearted right now. We have to find moments of still peace…
Mary Baker Eddy said that: “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.” Today our need is to feel that Diving Love acting in our lives, individually and collectively. She also said, “Remember, thou canst be brought into no condition, be it ever so severe, where Love has not been before thee and where its tender lesson is not awaiting thee. Therefore despair not nor murmur, for that which seeketh to save, to heal, and to deliver, will guide thee, if thou seekest this guidance.”
Her human life was not a bed of roses. She suffered many personal losses. Yet, seeing through the sadness, seeing through to spiritual reality, she could with confidence write:
“There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind, and its infinite manifestation, for God is All in All. Spirit is immortal Truth; Matter is mortal error.”
I Kings 19: 9-15
The Lord Speaks to Elijah at Horeb
9And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? 10And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
11And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: 12And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 13And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? 14And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
15And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria: 16And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room. 17And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay. 18Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.
I also recommend this post from the Christian Science Sentinel written after the nuclear disaster in Japan: Continuing prayer for Japan By Kazuhiko Kaneda From the Christian Science Sentinel – May 11, 2011