Standing on the ‘rock’

Today we hear from a woman who felt the power of God’s love restore a broken heart.

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Breakups can be tough, leaving us feeling tearful and fearful and alone. But can we ever truly be cut off from good?

After a breakup with a boyfriend some years ago, I was devastated. During this trying period I sought comfort from books I’d found helpful many times before: the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science. One statement in Mrs. Eddy’s book “The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany” particularly refreshed and encouraged me: “And how is man, seen through the lens of Spirit, enlarged, and how counterpoised his origin from dust, and how he presses to his original, never severed from Spirit!” (p. 129).

Why, imagine that! “Never severed from Spirit,” never apart from God’s goodness. Dozens of times the Bible refers to God as a “rock,” implying a sense of God’s unwavering love for man, for each of us as His children, His spiritual sons and daughters.

These ideas brought comfort and peace to my heart immediately. The joy of knowing that God knew me and valued me at every moment, that He would love me forever, broke through the dark clouds like rays of brilliant sunshine. The heartache lifted and I honestly felt loved, blessed, and cherished.

Through this experience I learned that no jarring circumstance can keep us from joy and fulfillment. Should adversity in any form confront us, we can be lifted above it by turning in our thought to God, standing firmly on the rock-solid understanding that God’s powerful love and boundless goodness for all cannot be overwhelmed or shaken. I am so grateful to be seeing more and more that this is an unshakable truth we can always depend on.

Adapted from the April 20, 2018, Christian Science Daily Lift podcast.

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