One of the hymns at a Wednesday evening testimony meeting really resonated with me. I hadn’t sung/read it for some time and found the message inspirational. For several days following the service, I prayed with it each day. Christian Science Hymnal, #406:
O Love, our Mother, ever near,
To Thee we turn from doubt and fear!
In perfect peace our thoughts abide;
Our hearts now in this truth confide: Man is the child of God.
O Light, in Thy light we can see
That man is ever one with Thee.
In love our lives Thou dost enfold
And now our waiting hopes behold That man is God’s own child.
O joy that ever will remain,
Midst seeming sorrow, hate and pain,
Our hearts to fill with this glad song
That soars above the mists of wrong: Man is the loved of Love.
The following Saturday I enjoyed a lovely day hiking with friends. Shortly after returning home, I suddenly felt extremely ill. My entire body was painful. I turned immediately to this hymn and was comforted by Love’s tender care for me. I felt Love’s infinite presence that dissolves all unlike itself. I affirmed that peace is inherent in man as God’s reflection, the expression of Soul, another name for God, thus nothing can disturb nor disrupt that peace and normal functioning. After praying for about an hour, all pain left as quickly as it had come.
My gratitude to God for His omnipotence and omnipresence is unbounded.