A mother’s affection cannot be weaned from her child, because the mother-love includes purity and constancy, both of which are immortal. Therefore maternal affection lives on under whatever difficulties.
Mary Baker Eddy
From Concord Express – A Christian Science Study Resource: The King James Version of the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s published writings
From the December 7, 1940 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
The subject of reflection sometimes presents a difficulty to the young student of Christian Science in that the often-used illustration of a mirror may suggest separation between that which is reflected and the reflection.
The true concept of reflection is the solution of the problem of lack. Humanity’s continual effort is to multiply good materially. Human endeavor along the lines of research and accomplishment generally is directed toward this goal. Mankind labors for it, fights for it, sacrifices for it, even dies for it, but is never satisfied. From its very inception mortal existence is limitation; birth implies death, and everything in the mortal’s experience between those two points is limited. Which of us has not at some time in his experience thought, If only I had more money, more health, more opportunity, or more companionship, my problem would be solved! But would it be? That which calls itself human, holds no solution within itself. Christian Science alone reveals the scientific, spiritual solution of the problem of being. The multiplication or increase of good is found in spiritual reflection alone. Man existing at the standpoint of infinite reflection knows no limit. The limits of mortal existence disappear in the demonstration of spiritual being.
The action of reflection never leaves a vacuum. Fear and limited material thinking produce the appearance of a vacuum—as, for example, of something made less by use. In the infinitude of spiritual reflection there is no vacuum. If it were not for fear and limited thinking, any appearance of a vacuum would be filled naturally and inevitably. Reflection cannot be diminished, obstructed, obliterated, or erased. It never stagnates. If Mind should cease to operate, reflection would cease to be. Spiritual consciousness is the demonstration of spiritual integrity. It fulfills its obligations. It is founded on divine Principle, and admits of no wantonness, wastefulness, or extravagance.
Likewise, when a loved one seems to pass from our sight, the all-knowing, all-loving, eternal Mind holds within itself the continuity, action, identity, and individuality of spiritual reflection without change, or lapse, or vacuum.