_ If someone were to ask me, “What one word in the Bible is particularly special to you?" I would have to say, "Behold!”
I took special note of that word on the Monday of what was lining up to be a crazy busy week. Reading that week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson I noticed the word “behold” appeared many times. I couldn’t miss it. I couldn’t ignore it either. It caught my attention to the point that I was impelled to stop and consider its meaning in relation to the tasks at hand.
__To behold is to fix the eyes upon, to see with attention, to observe with care, to attend, or to fix the mind on a task. .
Interestingly, the absolute last thing I felt I had the time or inclination to do was to behold! I had so much to do and was preparing to run on autopilot to get it all done. To pay attention to each task - to pause and behold the demands on my time to observe their merits - would require me to stop what I was doing or at least slow down. Really?!? Did I have time for that?!? Did I have the time to do everything that needed to get done?
The fact of the matter was I didn’t have the time – even if I meticulously accounted for every moment of that week and if I heroically stayed up until 4 am and slept 2-3 hours a night.
Then I recognized something. Time was a faulty focus. Nothing on that week’s schedule actually required time; it required love - a good look at God's love and my expression of it, as Love's child, through wisdom, charity, gentleness, compassion, and a generous spirit. I carefully observed that while I may not have the time to do everything, I knew without a doubt that I did have the love of divine Love to do what was right to be done.
And that made all the difference. I beheld myself as the child of divine Love, empowered by God to accomplish all that was needed through love. What a productive week! I loved every minute of it.
The Bible says, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon that we should be called the sons of God.” (I John 3:1)
Mary Baker Eddy wrote, "Beholding the infinite tasks of truth, we pause, — wait on God. Then we push onward, until boundless thought walks enraptured, and conception unconfined is winged to reach the divine glory." (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 323)
I love that. God loves us and we reflect that love. That is what gets things done.
Behold the love! Behold.
Diane Marrapodi, CSB is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher in Towson, Maryland, USA. She would welcome your comments and may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to hear more from Diane, you may wish to link to:
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I have practiced Christian Science professionally in
some form since 1979.
But my journey with
Christian Science started
in a Sunday school
where as a young child
I was taught the Scriptures and some simple basics
of Jesus' method of
scientific Christian healing.
A significant experience
at the age of twelve
opened my eyes to
the great potential
of this practice.
After impaling my foot
on a nail,
I prayed the way I had learned
in Sunday school.
the pain stopped
and healing began.
By the next morning the wound had disappeared completely.
the great potential
of Christian Science,
there would be no