A guest post written by Bill Priest from San Diego, California
I volunteer in a Christian Science Reading Room in Southern California and very often people come in asking for spiritual guidance to help with their problems. What I find very helpful is that there is a practitioner – a person who prayerfully supports the work the volunteers do at the Reading Room. Each day we check with the practitioner to find out what spiritual insights he or she is working on that day.
On one particular day a fellow I’ve been sharing Christian Science with for over a year came in with an unusual problem: He explained he had never been given any receipts for renting a room and when the owner of the building attempted to look for the manager who had the rent records, he found the manager’s apartment vacant with no forwarding address. There was no record of my friend having paid his rent. The owner told my friend that he needed to pay his rent for the last three months as well as the current month or he would face eviction. My friend is on parole and he was worried that finding another place to live would be difficult with his background.
As I prayerfully listened to the problem and how it could be solved, I was inspired to call another friend. I explained the situation to this supportive individual while also expressing delight in my other friend’s sincere search for the Truth in Christian Science. Within forty eight hours the funds were in my friend’s checking account and he was able to pay his rent.
To me this is an example of not just applying the letter of Christian Science, but also following the Spirit of God’s love as described by spiritual pioneer Mary Baker Eddy in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “So divinely imbued were they with the spirit of Science, that the lack of the letter could not hinder their work; and that letter, without the spirit, would have made void their practice.” I also realized that this was a wonderful example neighborly love as stated in Matthew: “Do unto others as ye would have them do unto you.”
Eddy’s words about relying on God’s care says it best: “To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.”