“An Influence all Divine”


Mary Baker Eddy writes in Science and Health, “There is but one real attraction, that of Spirit. The pointing of the needle to the pole symbolizes this all-embracing power or the attraction of God, divine Mind.” (p. 102)

Everyone should work daily with this for ourselves and for our children — and for those in authority. We need to know that evil has no attraction, and that, rather, everyone will be repelled by it. Evil is impotent, it has no power; but we need to know this often, not just occasionally. We give it any supposed power it seems to have, by listening to it and believing in it. Mrs. Eddy makes this powerful statement, “Error comes to you for life, and you give it all the life it has.”

When I first came here, I was in a clouded state, and Mrs. Evans, the practitioner in Plainfield at that time, taught me that there are no gray areas, everything is either right or wrong, black or white. As I worked with this faithfully, I wasn’t clouded any more. God tells you whether a thing is right or wrong. I know things change, people evolve, and there are a lot of good changes going on — but there is only one Truth. We don’t all have our own truth. We must defang the error, defang the lie, the lie that claims error ever could be attractive in any way — or be true in any way! Impossible!

I love the word “attraction,” which means “the power, principle or tendency to unite.” Mrs. Eddy tells us throughout Science and Health that the only attraction, the only force, belongs to divine Mind.

The other word I love is “influence,” as in “an influence all divine.” (Hymn 97) Declare that often for yourself and for others — “an influence all divine.” The only influence is divine — there is no other influence. The definition of “influence” is, “a flowing in, into or on, and referring to substances spiritual or too subtle to be visible, like inspiration.” (1828 Webster’s Dictionary)

God has put His influence into the very essence of all things. Now that’s the truth. God’s influence is everywhere, God is influencing and protecting our children, ourselves, and everyone, leading them away from danger and temptation.

In the Preface of Science and Health, it says, “Now, as then, these mighty works are not supernatural, but supremely natural. They are the sign of Immanuel, or “God with us,” — a divine influence ever present in human consciousness and repeating itself, coming now as was promised aforetime…” (Preface xi:14) Think of it! God’s influence is ever present! No child, no person, can ever be without it. “Adhesion, cohesion, and attraction are properties of Mind,” — only of Mind. Attraction — it is the only attraction there is. Remember Mrs. Eddy reassures us in this statement found in Science and Health about, “the supporting influence and protecting power” of God! “The history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed on man by his heavenly Father, omnipotent Mind, who gives man faith and understanding whereby to defend himself, not only from temptation, but from bodily suffering.” (S&H 387: 27-32) God bestows His supporting influence and protecting power on YOU! How grand is that?!

The Bible is full of wonderful stories exemplifying the supporting influence of God, that influence, ever felt, ever present, everywhere. As we work with these things, daily with all our hearts, minds, and souls, knowing this is the truth — because it is the Truth and this Truth shall make us all free, everyone. Live this Truth and let it bless your life and the life of others in ways that only God can bring to pass – for all things are possible to Him!

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