A Christian Science perspective: We are never left without the tender love of our Father-Mother God.

The recent pictures in the news showing people left homeless by ongoing flooding in Texas, Louisiana, India, Nepal, and elsewhere can be very discouraging.

As so many others have been doing, I began praying for everyone affected by the floods. And then I remembered how God, divine Love, met my need at a time of utter desperation, when my daughter and I were suddenly left homeless. I had turned to God so many times in my life and found beautiful answers, but this time I felt so alone.

As I sat crying on the bed, the phone rang. It was a friend who was also in tears. There had been a huge destructive storm with flooding in her area, and her kitty had disappeared in the storm a few days earlier. Even though I love animals, my first thought was: “Your kitty! I can’t even provide a home for my daughter and me!”

But then I remembered that God’s love never fails any of us, even in the worst situations, and I needed to become still so I could hear the Christ, divine Love’s tender message of comfort. I picked up a book of the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science. It fell open to this passage, which refers to God as divine Soul: “Thus founded upon the rock of Christ, when storm and tempest beat against this sure foundation, you, safely sheltered in the strong tower of hope, faith, and Love, are God’s nestlings; and He will hide you in His feathers till the storm has passed. Into His haven of Soul there enters no element of earth to cast out angels, to silence the right intuition which guides you safely home” (“Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896,” p. 152).

That’s when I realized that we are all safely sheltered in the Christ love that is more powerful than any evil. This Christly truth comes to us as “angel” messages guiding us to an understanding that as children of God, our real home is secure in Love’s care, so it can never be lost. And no one is excluded from God’s infinite love!

With a deep conviction of the truth of these ideas, I assured my friend that her cat was absolutely secure in God’s care. We hung up, and I continued praying. Within minutes, I felt impelled to get in the car and begin driving. I was soon led to a perfect apartment for my daughter and me – affordable and ready for us to move into that day! Not long after that, my friend called me back to say that her cat had been found safely nestled in the school gym across town. The kitty was soon back home.

This experience and many others have shown me that no one can ever be separated from the tender love of our Father-Mother God, nor from the consciousness of divine Love’s ongoing protection and care – our true home!

A version of this article aired on the Aug. 30, 2017, Christian Science Daily Lift podcast.

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