All the Way

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It happens every night. We go upstairs, pull out the toothpaste and toothbrush, step up on the step stool. Then I see the little fingers running over the brush and hear the little words saying, "All the way." This is our child's way of telling me that she wants the toothpaste spread all the way across the brush, without missing a bristle.

For months I hadn't thought much about it. Then one day I was speaking with someone who was seeking a physical healing through prayer. I heard myself saying, "Of course you'll be healed. You'll be healed all the way." Those three little words -- all the way -- have one big meaning in the context of spiritual healing. They convey an expectation, a faith, a promise. Full healing is inevitable because of the laws of God upon which it rests.

God is All-in-all. God's child -- you, me, each of us -- is inseparable from Him. These basic laws heal us even when problems appear to be unending. No matter what seems to be wrong in health, work, or relationships, we have the promise from God of full freedom, through understanding and following His laws. Which is to say, God will take us all the way.

Spiritual laws are elucidated in a book that was written over a hundred years ago but remains useful today. The truth found in it heals those who sincerely seek a deeper understanding of their relation to God. This book, written by the Discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, is Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. It explains a verse in the second chapter of Genesis in the Bible, which says, "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them" (verse 1). Science and Health says, "Thus the ideas of God in universal being are complete and forever expressed, for Science reveals infinity and the fatherhood and motherhood of Love" (p. 519). Here Love is a name for God.

This Scripture explains that God's work is already complete, whole, intact. This is true whether or not it appears that way at the moment. It's a powerful thought that God's work is finished. It's a powerful thought that God's children are spiritual, complete, and forever express Him. Such truths help us to see that we never have been and never will be out of range of God's love. Because of this, we are able to know and prove that God has given us complete perfection right here, right now.

God's laws apply to every hour, to every moment of the day. We live best by basing our thoughts on God. When we judge everything according to His omnipotence and omnipresence, we experience good results in daily life. This happens because thought objectifies itself; it's always externalized. So, by understanding the fact that God made us already complete and perfect as He is, we find that completeness, that perfection, true for us today. Because this is true, we can be freed from any difficulty.

Christ Jesus taught God's laws. He did this when he was called upon to help his friend Lazarus, who had died of an illness (see John, chap. 11). When Jesus was told about Lazarus, he didn't get all upset and rush to his side. Rather, he continued about his plans in an undisturbed, uninterrupted fashion. Yet, it's obvious the master Christian was praying as he did this. It took four days for him finally to get to Lazarus, who by then had been buried. But Jesus knew that God's laws were in force and that all was well. Jesus raised Lazarus from the grave, with his spiritual understanding that Lazarus's Life was God and had never been interrupted. That's an example of how God takes us all the way when we turn to Him.

You can know today with understanding that God has given you perfect health and wholeness. By learning more about and adhering to His laws, you'll prove that no circumstance whatsoever can convince you God isn't All, already here, showing you the completeness, the wholeness, of your unity with Him. This spiritual understanding bears fruit in your life. It heals you.

*You can find more articles like this one in the Christian Science Sentinel, a weekly magazine.

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