Feed the famished affections
December 6, 2014
As much as this season is about the brightness of Jesus’ birth, for many it is a dark and lonely time, filled with stress and sorrow, want and woe. The appearance of God’s “only begotten son” (John 3:16) centuries ago, was a gift of the highest love for all mankind, and it continues to give to hungering hearts today. The good Jesus did then, still shines across time and space to meet the needs of all, here and now.
Mary Baker Eddy, Christian theologian and author, once wrote, “It is not well to imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select number or for a limited period of time, since to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good.” (Science and Health, p. 494) That powerful good is available to each one of us so that we can reflect the light of the world into the darkest of places.
Our neighbors, our family, even the strangers amongst us, need the deep affection that comes from the great heart of God. Let us strive to set aside our own troubles and use the power of the season – the power of Love – to lift one another. An outstretched hand of kindness, a sweet smile, gentleness instead of anger, gratitude, crumble walls of fear, prejudice, loneliness, and sorrow. Whatever would say “there is no Christmas” is wiped away by the very spirit of Christmas that imbues us all.
Isaiah prophesied, “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.” (9:2) This promise of life and joy and salvation is ours to delight in and prove today. We can bless and be blessed. We can love and be loved. We can be about our Father’s business.
The title comes from a spiritual insight Mary Baker Eddy had about this line of the Lord’s Prayer: give us this day our daily bread. She wrote: give us grace for today; feed the famished affections. (Science and Health, p. 17)
Grace, light, affection. For everyone.
Who do you know that could use a little light?
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link. If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.