Spiritual Focus for Dec 2020 – Feb 2021
Church Unity Through Prayer and Healing
In Psalms 133, David stated “Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.”
and MBE states in Mis. 264 “Unity is the essential nature of Christian Science. Its Principle is One, and to demonstrate the divine One, demands oneness of thought and action.”
We know that to unify is to cause to be one. God being the one cause, each idea is a complete entity yet at-one with all. No spiritual idea is ever isolated, each idea shares good with the numerous ideas which proceed from divine Principle. We can find spiritual unity by putting into practice that brotherly love which grows out of the understanding and realization of man’s unity with God.
Each one of us is surrounded by the infinite arms of Love, God, who cherishes each of his individual ideas. We share the common goal to learn more of God’s perfection and how we may prove more of this in our own experiences.
I have been reading through Recapitulation and came across this today on page 470. “With one father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science.”
Divine Science relates to the unity between God and man, Principle and its idea and if we can understand this, brotherhood will be established and harmony and unity will prevail. A church which is made up of those who are striving to prove the rule of the one Mind must be a church in which complete unity is demonstrated.
I found the following very thoughtful in regard to Church Unity. It is from a Journal Article (1968, Feb. – “All One Body We” by A.P. Wuth)
MBE: “I once thought that unity was human strength, but have grown to know that human strength is weakness, – that unity is divine might, giving to human power, peace”
Wuth: “The church organization she established draws its unity from spiritual sources. It teaches the might and power of the Christ, Truth. Thousands have been blessed by this teaching. Healing and regeneration have resulted. Out of gratitude many have sought church membership. They have agreed to worship God supremely. They have united in their efforts to be God-centered. They work together in unison to further the Cause that is spiritually organized- organized for spiritual purposes. These purposes are to enlighten, heal, and save mankind. This is unity by divine power, the power that gives ‘to human power, peace.’ And this is the strength of the church organization.”
In light of the idea of unity of church I was impressed by the positive response from the membership at Sunday’s Zoom meeting. It was nice to see members I had not seen in a while. This meeting and the Spiritual Focus topic inspired me to think more closely of the idea of “unity”. The word “unity” comes from Latin which means “the state of being one”. This to me conjures up the thoughts of wholeness, condition of harmony, solidarity, accord, union, etc..
Sunday’s meeting reminds me of a quote from Ephesians 4:13 “we all come in the unity of Faith”.
In Miscellaneous Writings Mrs. Eddy says on page 138:24 “unity is divine right, giving to human power, peace”. On page 117:13-15 she says “Love is the Principle of unity, the basis of right thinking and acting”.
In Miscellany page 274:22-26 Mrs Eddy says “I am cheered and blessed when beholding Christian healing, unity among brethren, and love to God and man. This is my crown of rejoicing, for it demonstrates Christian Science”.
The first line of hymn 355 states “Truth comes alike to all who on Her name dare call with motives pure; then let us all unite with Freedom’s star in sight, press onward in the right which shall endure”.
If God is Love and Love is all, the resulting expressed loveliness in our “branch church” experience will include unity and the peaceful influence of healing. Love’s all-ness and one-ness is logically expressed with timeless intelligence, power, peace and originality!
Love’s one-ness and all-ness are the source and cause of our unity. Right now, and throughout all time, in the healing practice of Christ Science, Love is understood or intuited to be Spirit (All). In the following citations from the Christian Science Bible lesson on the subject of “God”, I find it helpful to include the synonym “Love” (added in bold type) next to many of the references to God:
Science and Health page 267:5-6
God (Love) is one. The allness of Deity (Love) is his oneness.
Science and Health page 497:5–6
We acknowledge and adore one supreme and infinite God (Love).
Science and Health page 334:31–32
Spirit being God (Love), there is but one Spirit, for there can be but one infinite and therefore one God
Science and Health page 587:5–6 (to 1st ;), 17
God (Love). The great I am; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; God is one God (Love), infinite and perfect, and cannot become finite and imperfect.
Science and Health page 340:23
One infinite God (Love), good, unifies men and nations…
Science and Health page 465:16–17 (to 2nd .)
Question. — Is there more than one God (Love) or Principle? Answer. — There is not.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Science and Health page 256:7–12
Love, the divine Principle, is the Father (Love) and Mother (Love) of the universe, including man.
Science and Health page 414:19–22
The Scripture declares, “The Lord He is God (Love) [good]; there is none else beside Him (Love).”
James 2:19 (to 🙂
Thou believest that there is one God (Love); thou doest well:
Science and Health page 216:26–29 Our Father which art in heaven,
Our Father-Mother God (Love), all-harmonious,
Hallowed be Thy (Love’s) name. Adorable One (Love).
I sometimes find it helpful to summarize these above lines from the Lord’s prayer, this way:
Inspired, sacred, whole and one is our Love/Life’s essential nature (name).
It is no surprise, to me, that the metaphor of “Father and Mother” is used to represent supreme wholeness, harmony, intelligence and care. Fathering and mothering qualities, in balance, expressed by any gender, are such exemplary building blocks of success in human, animal and plant life. My growing awareness of the Principle, Love that they naturally represent is supported by Spiritual Science and the Christian Science church.