Comfort is calm, that bids all tumult cease;
Comfort is hope and courage for endeavor,
Comfort is love, whose home abides in peace.
Love is true solace and giveth joy for sorrow,–
O, in that light, all earthly loss is gain;
Joy must endure, Love’s giving is forever;
Life is of God, whose radiance cannot wane.
O holy presence, that stills all our demanding,
O love of God, that needs but to be known!
Heaven is at hand, when thy pure touch persuades us,
Comfort of God, that seeks and finds His own.
(Hymn 174 in the Christian Science Hymnal)
This hymn filled me with peace the first day I read it, and even writing it down here now just fills me up with comfort and gratitude. Have you ever gone through a day wondering when that good would come, when that paycheck would arrive, when that closure would be reached? I know I have – but since studying the promises in this hymn more deeply, I’ve felt so free within this Mother love to be able to let go of so much worry.
Before reading this hymn, I had been quietly letting myself be kicked into the wrong train of thought. In worrying about deadlines, friendships, supply and health, I was not recognizing and claiming that all is well and harmonious, NOW…I was simply waiting to be given perfection later, at best. Now, with comfort embracing me, I knew that I could look past the currents of inner nagging and fear, and rest in the knowledge that all good is here and now.
Reading this hymn inspired me to some further study about the immediate presence of good. I came to this passage in John, chapter 4, “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” Wow! I don’t have to wait for good to come, for my desire and prayer to come to fruit later. As Paul wrote in his letter to the Corinthians, “behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” Now. Not later, if we pray a certain way. Not yesterday, and we missed it. Now. Every moment is filled with all good, and that includes us.
So, once I realized that all good, heaven, is here now, the next step was to actually be able to see it and use it. In her textbook Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, writes, “we must act as possessing all power from Him in whom we have our being.” (264:10)
I like to use an analogy of running and working out in preparation for a sport. If you can run two miles, it doesn’t do you any good to just say, “Well, I know I can run two miles, so today I’ll just do one.” Sure, you’ll keep being fine where you are, but you won’t keep discovering the athletic ability to do two, and three, and ten miles. However, if every day you ran two miles, pretty soon you’d be running two and a half, then three, up to however many you wanted or needed to. We improve athletically by doing our best, whatever our best is, and then the next day we can either do the same or more.
In the same way, when we understand and accept what we’re given every moment, and use it, then we can continue to grow in our understanding, demonstration, and acceptance of perfection. And, thus, the more we realize that we have, the more we can freely and confidently give. We must live as if the Truth, God’s divine, eternal love for all His children, was present and real. Not only expecting good in the future, but accepting and witnessing all good, now.
This isn’t a human mind game, to try and fool yourself into thinking God is here. It’s a calm, loving acceptance of the fact that you are loved. And, being loved by God, what good ISN’T given to us?!