“A Friend like Me!”

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My children grew up loving the Disney-animated movie “Aladdin.”   One of their favorite parts was when the genie sings the song, “A friend like me.”  The lyrics include the words, “You ain’t never had a friend like me” – which hints at the possibility of unconditional friendship.  That may be a hard thing to come by these days, especially when life often seems so hectic, unstable, stressful.  It’s easy to feel alone and lonely.

I remember an interview I had a few years ago with Justin Wolfe, a clinical therapist at the Linden Oaks Outpatient Center.  He commented that often people turn to drugs and alcohol, mistakenly thinking these may alleviate loneliness.  Sadly, he stated, this often leads to addiction and psychological and physical harm.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, offered a more reliable way to alleviate loneliness – the unconditional friendship of God, divine Love. Quoting Scripture, she wrote in her best-selling book on spirituality and health, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “’God is Love.’  More than this we cannot ask, higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go.”  She wrote this because she had found it true in her life.

As a young woman, Eddy lost her brother, mother and husband to sickness, all within just a few years.  Shortly after, her only child was taken from her because her family felt she was too ill to care for the little boy.

But throughout all of this, she relied on the love of God.  She found Him to truly be an unconditional Friend.  He gave her comfort, strength, courage, and inspiration until she reached the point of spiritual discovery that turned her life completely around.  Deepening her study of the Bible, she looked for the Principle behind Jesus’ healing works, and found this search to be “sweet, calm, and buoyant with hope, not selfish or depressing,” as she later wrote.

To find such a loving, healing God in the Bible is not surprising since the Scriptures state, “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love:  therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” (Jer. 31: 3).  Eddy found, and so can we, that this everlasting Love is with each of us, always, no matter where we are, no matter what we have done.

Through this love of God, Eddy’s life became extremely productive and helpful to others.  She brought healing into millions of lives through her healing practice and teaching; establishing the world-wide Church of Christ, Scientist; and founding The Pulitzer-prize winning newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor.  She continued throughout her life to encourage her readers to turn to this ever-present divine Love for companionship, forgiveness, love, affection and purpose.

When the world seems dark or you feel lonely, these are precisely the times to acknowledge the presence of God.  That’s a beginning.  It leads to a relationship with an all-loving power that brings deliverance from terror, fear and depression.  You will be able to hear in the deepest part of your heart, “You ain’t never had a friend like Me (divine Love)!”

©2017 Christian Science Committee on Publication for Illinois

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6 Responses to “A Friend like Me!”

  1. Chestnut says:

    What an encouraging and comforting message. I am working with several people who feel alienated and alone. I will reassure them with this message of God’s presence and love.

  2. margaret powell says:

    As always Tim, your message is “spot on,” timely, sincere, genuine and relevant for a wide range of issues that come up . Thank you for putting these ideas out there.

  3. Nancy Stevens says:

    I love the new look! Your message was so comforting thank you
    Nancy

  4. Mary Thompson says:

    Thank you for a wonderful message. Living alone and sometimes not talking to anybody for a day or two can be challenging, but knowing that God is everpresent tends to keep me feeling good about life.

  5. Rob Scott says:

    I don’t know what else to say but AMEN!

    I have to share this one.

    Truth, Wisdom, Love and Sincerity, to ALL Mankind,

    Rob Scott
    Oaxaca, Mexico

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