‘One Lone, Brave Star’ – Daily Bread – 12/23/2013

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It’s important to know that this light, this message of Love, is always here. It doesn’t come and go. There are times in life when we may feel swamped by distress, by fear or pain, by grief or lack. Yet no matter how dark it seems, that light is here.

All the power is with the light. The present, the future, even the past, is defined by this light. This spiritual light is the glow of divine Love—of God, of Spirit. Its message is simple and clear: “I am with you.” The power of divine Love is here. It’s operating now. It’s shining in our life, in our consciousness, now.

 

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One Lone, Brave Star

By Richard Bergenheim

From the December 22, 2003 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

 

A number of years ago I stayed for a couple of weeks in a house on a small island called Salt Cay in the West Indies. Every evening the electricity went off around 8 0’clock. The cottage I was renting was in a secluded area outside of town. The first really cloudy night, I learned how dark, dark is. Dark is when you really can’t see your hand in front of your face. I couldn’t see anything at all. I was grateful for the large candle on the living-room table.

Later that night after walking along the beach with a flashlight, I turned it off and looked back at the house. The candlelight from the house could be seen clearly. I remember thinking, “An entire hemisphere of darkness can’t dim that light one bit. In fact, the darker it is, the sharper the light. All the power is with the light.”

That simple thought has had spiritual power in my life ever since.

It reminds me frequently of the Bethlehem star that I see so often on the Christmas cards that have been coming in the mail this month. All the power is with the light. The present, the future, even the past, is defined by this light. This spiritual light is the glow of divine Love—of God, of Spirit. Its message is simple and clear: “I am with you.” The power of divine Love is here. It’s operating now. It’s shining in our life, in our consciousness, now. This message is the eternal Christ, which heals and saves all who turn to this light and heed its message.

The shepherds on that first Christmas eve saw this light and heard these timeless, healing words: “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10, 11). Anyone who becomes aware of this light—who becomes conscious of this divine fact that God is always with us—can experience the healing force of this message. And another great Bible fact is fulfilled in his or her life: “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined” (Isa. 9:2).

It’s important to know that this light, this message of Love, is always here. It doesn’t come and go. There are times in life when we may feel swamped by distress, by fear or pain, by grief or lack. Yet no matter how dark it seems, that light is here.

When we turn our thought from its focus on the dark and seek out the light,
we have our sure guide back to our home in God.

When I was standing on the beach with my back to the house, it was dark—pitch black, a starless night. But when I turned around, that single candle in the house was a clear beacon that led me back to the comfort and security of home.

Spiritual healing follows a similar pattern. When we turn our thought from its focus on the dark—on the symptoms of distress, on the grievances that have darkened our life, on the hopes that haven’t panned out—and seek out the light, we have our sure guide back to our home in God, in divine Love. We are secure in the consciousness of Love with us, working in us, providing for us and everyone else.

To me, it is notable that as the first shepherds listened to the angels’ news of Jesus’ birth, there was a dramatic change. The Bible says that “suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God” (Luke 2:13). Whenever we focus intently on the coming of Immanuel—the message of God with us—we have the opportunity to realize that all the power is in this message of Truth. The power isn’t in our distress; it is in God. Sickness, pain, depression, poverty—all are dense, dark thoughts, and this darkness is trying to convince us that God is absent.

But if we listen, and persevere in listening, to the message that God in all His strength and goodness is with us, then that simple idea will be joined by a chorus of ideas testifying to the allness of God. The heavens of our thought will be filled with messages of health and peace and “good will toward men.”

When addressing the question of how to experience spiritual healing, Mary Baker Eddy wrote in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought” (p. 495).

When you and I seek out God’s message, it is there for us. At times our circumstances seem totally at odds with what we hear. But I’ve found that it’s important to acknowledge that God is telling us the truth. Regardless of the pain or lack or sorrow, we all can turn from this and learn more than ever before that all the truth, all the power, is actually in the Christ message of God with us. God is in charge. The light of this fact chases all the darkness away.

The star of Bethlehem shines on our lives with the same power it did centuries ago. Mrs. Eddy described its healing mission in these lines from her poem Christ and Christmas:

O’er the grim night of chaos shone
One lone, brave star.

In tender mercy, Spirit sped
A loyal ray
To rouse the living, wake the dead,
And point the Way.

(p.53)

No cloud can obscure this Christmas light. No misfortune can dim its message. This beacon continues to shine. God is always here. We are still ever so dear to Him.

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