The Healing Presence of Grace
“Christians are commanded to grow in grace.”
Mary Baker Eddy (Unity of Good, p. 14:12)
What a wonderful challenge Mary Baker Eddy finds in Paul’s words and presents to us for our daily practice.
But what does it mean to grow in grace—to develop our reliance on the divinely inspired peace and understanding of God— “…the peace which passeth all understanding…” (Philippians 4:7) And how do we manifest that growth in our practice?
Knowing that this spiritual quality is already ours, Mary Baker Eddy urges us in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 4:3-5, “What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds.”
As October begins, we cannot deny that our world is facing challenges and our growth in grace enables us to meet them. We know that Jesus never turned away from any kind of suffering. He knew that he could help. He trusted that the innate quality of divine grace—the spiritual blessings of peace and understanding that flow within each of us—would bring healing and resolution to whatever he faced. Jesus drew thousands of followers by his gentle, loving presence. The inherent quality of spiritual peace that animated Jesus exists equally within each of us, because it comes from divine Spirit.
We can see this challenge to grow in grace as an inspiring call to action! Mrs. Eddy’s vital imperative can guide each of us, as it does our Christian Science nurses here at High Ridge House, to nurture divine grace to better express the atmosphere of divine Love. That atmosphere so necessary to speedy recovery in the sick room, also empowers our healing prayers for the whole world.
With love and gratitude,