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With your whole heart

A Christian Science perspective: In this age of multitasking, what needs our whole heart?

By The editors of the Christian Science Sentinel

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To be devoted, to be wholehearted, is a means of understanding right here and now our oneness with God. This isn’t something we can track by assessing our bank accounts, our work performance, the numbers of friends and contacts we may have, or even our health. It is something we feel. It is perceived through spiritual sense, a kind of knowing. Spiritual sense, as described by Mary Baker Eddy in the textbook of Christian Science, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” “is a conscious, constant capacity to understand God” (p. 209). It is to understand that God is not just here and ever-presently so, but the very center of all, and is All. It is to accept our place as the offspring of God – as God’s being, expressed.

If we feel we aren’t there in our understanding and that we have either never known our inseparable unity with divine Love, or that the shine of it has been dulled by materialism in some way, we can find comfort in realizing that Love, God, is always drawing us near. Truth is unchanging, patient, and permanent. It makes itself known to us; is making itself known to us continuously. This promise is articulated well in the book of Jeremiah, particularly in this reassuring verse: “And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart” (24:7).

Even if we believe we have been distanced from or unfamiliar with the loving God, we can see that the signs of God’s caring presence are constantly being offered to us. Every good idea has its origin in God. Once we are aware of this, we begin to see these signs, attribute them to God, and we then tend to see them multiply as we notice them.

We have really been given “the great heart of Love” and it is expressed (see Science and Health,p. 448). It is the very Love that guides us, keeps us close, satisfies and protects us. With Love at the helm of our lives, we find that simplification takes place. Our tasks are streamlined, and some unnecessary items, perhaps distractions, may just remove themselves from our lists. Mrs. Eddy must have experienced this, as she mentions that “angels [will] administer grace, do thy errands, and be thy dearest allies. The divine law gives to man health and life everlasting – gives a soul to Soul, a present harmony wherein the good man’s heart takes hold on heaven, and whose feet can never be moved. These are His green pastures beside still waters, where faith mounts upward, expatiates, strengthens, and exults” (“The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany,” p. 129).

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With your whole heart