A Christian Science perspective: The light of divine Love glows in each of us.

In many faiths, artists have painted or sculpted halos surrounding people, symbolizing a glow of holiness, or expression of the divine nature. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Ruth, John, Mary, Paul, and of course, Jesus, are a few of the people in the Bible’s Old and New Testaments who have been depicted with this “halo” of holiness and love.

It’s said that halo has its root in Helios, which is Greek for Sun. Although halo isn’t specifically mentioned in most translations of the Bible, Matthew 17:2 refers to an occasion when Jesus’ face “did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.” And when Moses came down from Mt. Sinai with the Ten Commandments, “the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God” (Exodus 34:29, Revised Standard Version).

Just as those in the Bible were imprinted with the divine nature, could it be possible that you are, too? Yes. And when you express God’s purity, love, and spiritual goodness, you prove it to be true. You have the capability to walk forward through each day with these qualities simply glowing in you.

Sometimes people identify that glowing as some sort of personal holiness. Actually, the divine nature does not originate in us; it is reflected by us and through us. We are a transparency for an exhilarating divine intelligence and Love. It’s worth it to be grateful that the aura of holiness is a divine quality constantly being expressed in you.

It is natural to wear a soft glow of joy as you are reflecting only the divine nature. The inner light of reflected purity, love, and spiritual insight is present in you, bathing your world in divine goodness. “Love never loses sight of loveliness. Its halo rests upon its object,” explains Mary Baker Eddy in “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” (p. 248).

God expressed in us cannot be obscured or restricted. It’s as simple as that. The light of divine Love just cannot be interfered with.

In certain people, it is very easy to sense the presence of that inner glow of divine Love. But it’s a special joy to detect it in people where it doesn’t appear to be shining at all. It’s there, though! Rejoice inwardly as you prayerfully behold their “halos” – their holy natures. Then, take a quiet moment and behold this same light of Love beaming within yourself. Never underestimate your individual role as the reflection of God. Mrs. Eddy observes, “Every luminary in the constellation of human greatness, like the stars, comes out in the darkness to shine with the reflected light of God” (“Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896,” p. 340).

“To shine with the reflected light of God” is such a humbling thing. Your goodness, potential, and wholeness are here in God and they are glowing effortlessly in you. In your own individual and wonderful way, you are a luminary.

From an editorial in the Christian Science Sentinel.

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