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By the sunlight of the moon

A Christian Science perspective on daily life

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I had the flu. As the day wore on I felt worse and worse. By bedtime I was too miserable to sleep and too weak to move. By the wee hours of the morning I still couldn't sleep and could barely think straight.

I reached out to God. There was one thing I knew. God loves us. He never makes us sick or causes us to suffer. Through the Bible He assures us: "I am the Lord who heals you" (Ex. 15:26, New Revised Standard Version).

This comforting thought reminded me of who God is: The Bible calls Him the Almighty, Good, Father, Spirit. It was also comforting to remember that our heavenly Father mothers us, Her little ones, Her "image" and "likeness."

I then remembered this statement by Mary Baker Eddy: "... God is good, and ... man is His likeness, the forever reflection of goodness" ("Rudimental Divine Science," p. 11). The forever reflection of goodness.

As I lay there praying with these thoughts - yearning to see myself as something more than a sick body, longing to understand something of myself as the "forever reflection of goodness" - I noticed the moon hanging in the sky, just outside the skylight window. It was a full, fat, mango-colored moon. Moonlight streamed onto the bed. I suddenly remembered that what we call moonlight isn't really moonlight at all. The moon has no light, no mango color, no brightness of its own. Moonlight is really sunshine reflected in the moon.

This made me think more deeply about myself - about all of us - as God's own image and likeness, as God's forever reflection. As I lay there looking at the sunshine reflected as that gorgeous moon, I thought about where my "light" comes from. A definition of "light" that means a lot to me is "vital spark," describing the sparkle we see in a loved one's eyes or in a friend's smile.

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