A guest post written by Patti Mehring
I recently came across the Bible verse, “…I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.” My grandmother pointed that verse out to me when I was a teenager, struggling with skin problems. It became my treatment for this ailment and brought me much comfort and relief. I began thinking about how this Bible verse and so many others link me to certain memories, people, and healings; much like an old song that connects us to a particular time or event.
Bible verses are like treasures that “neither moth nor rust doth corrupt,” and where thieves can neither break though nor steal. Some others include:
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct thy paths.” This verse continues to remind and assure me of God’s infinite intelligence and ability to supply our every need.
“The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.” This is one of my daily prayers for myself and loved ones as we come and go in our daily routines.
“And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” I love this one for doctor and dentist appointments. It assures me that the doctor will only see what the Great Physician sees – perfection.
“Fear thou not, for I am with thee: be not dismayed, for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” What comfort and strength has blessed me from knowing that God is a very present help in trouble – no matter what the circumstances may be.
Bible verses are like best friends. They are always there for us to give us comfort, inspiration, guidance – and to share.
Mary Baker Eddy wrote, “The Bible has been my only authority. I have had no other guide in ‘the straight and narrow way’ of Truth.” It became her sole guide and inspiration for the discovery of Christian Science.
As Christian Scientists, we are “adherents of Truth” who “take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life.” The Bible connects Christian Scientists to people of every religious background. It provides us with a starting point to reach out to others. The Bible gives us a way to focus on the similarities we have with other spiritual thinkers, rather than the differences.
Sharing a favorite Bible verse is like throwing a lifeline to someone in need. In my experience, oftentimes it serves as an eye-opener for someone who might be skeptical of Christian Science. Many people trust the Bible. The fact that Christian Science is based on the Bible is a reassurance to others that it “rests upon and proceeds from” a solid foundation.