In an article titled “All Sufficiency in All Things” by Elizabeth Glass Barlow, the author begins:
“Christian Science teaches that true abundance characterizes the universal, indivisible ever-presence God, good. Such abundance is spiritual…. Because of its inexhaustible nature it can be neither partitioned nor consumed. This scientific concept of abundance is of practical value today, for supply and its satisfactory distribution are challenges which face mankind.” (The Christian Science Journal, March 1951, Vol. 69, No. 3, pp. 125-127.)
It seems to me that students of Christian Science, including those who serve in Christian Science nursing organizations, can be working in and out from the present in Science, acknowledging the ever-presence of God, good. One key aspect of working in Science is to yield to the Infinite – to know divine Love and embrace the light of Christ. Then one may know abundance as a demonstrable spiritual law, ever-present, ever-active for all mankind.
Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science, directs students to mentally yield to Spirit, God, allowing Love to lead. The Scriptures show this quality of yielding as paramount – in protection, provision, physical healing. This includes always turning to God, Spirit, as the Source, no matter what appears to be the circumstances. Therefore, we learn that students of Science must yield to divine Mind, God, in order to see abundance, to endure, to progress, to be healed.
At the beginning of her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mrs. Eddy wrote, “To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings” (p. vii).
To me, this statement fits perfectly with Christ Jesus’ directive, “Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find.” (Gospel of John 21:6)
I’ve pondered and held onto these emphatic statements (and promises) for years in my daily work at Wide Horizon. Each one has helped immensely. So, let us together, whomever and wherever you are, cast our proverbial nets on the right side of thought and action, lean on the sustaining infinite and accept that today is abundantly filled with blessings!
D. Brian Boettiger