Agape Research


Mary Baker Eddy

God is Love

by Rolf Witzsche

In 1897 Mary Baker Eddy invited her followers to visit her at her at Pleasant View, her home near Concord N.H.. Among those who came, was a woman who had traveled all the the way from Kansas City for the occasion, accompanied by her children. It was Independence Day, a day for celebration. But it was also a day filled with agony for her seven-year-old daughter who suffered severely from a boil on her head, under her hair.

Following her formal address, Mary Baker Eddy received her visitors on her porch. The woman, Mrs. Jessie Cooper conveyed what took place during that brief moment when she and her children met Mrs. Eddy during the reception. 

She states, "I wish I could make the world know what I saw when Mrs. Eddy looked at those children. It was a revelation to me. I saw for the first time the real Mother-Love, and I knew that I did not have it. I had a strange, agonizing sense of being absolutely cut off from the children. It is impossible to put into words what the uncovering of my own lack of the real Mother-Love meant to me.
     "As I turned in the procession and walked towards the line of trees in the front of the yard, there was a bird sitting on the limb of a tree, and I saw the same Love, poured out on that bird that I had seen flow from Mrs. Eddy to my children. I looked down at the grass and the flowers and there was the same Love resting on them. It is difficult for me to put into words what I saw. This Love was everywhere, like the light, but it was divine, not mere human affection.
     "I looked at the people milling around on the lawn and I saw it poured out on them. I thought of the various discords in the field, and I saw, for the first time, the absolute unreality of everything but this infinite Love. It was not only everywhere present, like the light, but it was an intelligent presence that spoke to me, and I found myself weeping as I walked back and forth under the trees and saying out loud, 'Why did I never know you before?' Why have I not known you always?'
      "When we got back to the hotel, there was no boil on my child's head."*1

Years later, on the day of another gathering at Pleasant View, in 1903, a woman who lived in Concord was attracted by the crowd of the thousands of people who were walking to Pleasant View. She didn't know why they came, but she followed the crowd as fast as she could. She was paralyzed on one side. Also, she was destitute and her home life had been unbearable. She had decided that day to leave, never to return. When she reached Pleasant View that day, standing at the far edge of the crowd, she was unable to hear Mary Baker Eddy as she was addressing her guests. When the address was concluded the woman turned away in tears for this once more added disappointment of not having heard what had attracted so many people. She felt that it must have been an important message. On the way back to Concord, still in tears, as she crossed the street to a vacant lot, she saw a team of horses coming. She recognized the woman in the carriage to be the same woman who had spoken on the balcony at Pleasant View. She also recognized, as the carriage passed, that the woman leaned forward and looked at her. In the flow of this single moment of a voiceless communication the woman was instantly healed. She returned to her home and found the condition there also healed. She related later, about this moment, "Never before nor since have I seen the love and compassion in any human face that I saw in Mrs. Eddy's when she leaned forward and looked at me."*2

This kind of love obviously reflects a platform that exists on a much higher level than the highest form that is deemed to be possible, which is reflected in the marriage bond and the marriage institution. Mary Baker Eddy made no provisions for such bonds and such institutions. It is as if she is saying to society, don't be satisfied with that, reach higher to the universal sphere of love that reflects the universality of divine Love that knows no borders nor boundaries, but embraces all in a flow that uplifts and enriches and heals. I think we have a long way to go as a society before the principle of universal love is even accepted as a goal, much less attained. I have written a 12-episodes novel, The Lodging for the Rose, to explore the challenges involved (a series of 12 novels). May Baker Eddy evidently lived in a sphere above the one that is defined by those challenges.

In all of the many testimonies of healing attributed to Mary Baker Eddy's work the one single most common factor that people mention and associate with the healing proocess, is her deep, unrestrained, universal love that flows as life itself. One of her pioneering definitions for God, is Love, divine Love, a love that pervades all, illumines all, uplifts all, that has been called by so many as being indescribable in its divine reflection in our humanity. Mary Baker Eddy states plainly, that if the Christian Science healer reaches his patient through divine Love, the healing work will be accomplished in a single visit. This sentence defines her own life perhaps better than any other, and her healing work. She also stated, "Divine Love always has met, and always will meet, every human need." This statement, and the statement, "God is Love," are most prominently displayed on the walls in Christian Science churches. They summarize her celebration of Love. 

Mary Baker Eddy's life, evidently, can be called this: A celebration of divine Love. This celebration should become our celebration, a celebration of a profound recognition of this grand universal principle related to human existence in which divine Love comes to light.

Ironically, the term Love has not been defined by Mary Baker Eddy in the Glossary of the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. All the seven synonyms for God are found in the Glossary, except Love, Truth, and Soul. Perhaps it is impossible to define these concepts and their principle, in words. Indeed, how would God define Love when All is Love?

We find the concept of love mentioned in Mary Baker Eddy's definition of the first river of the four, which she defined in the Glossary, which she evidently defined in relationship to the city foursquare matrix that all of her works have become structurally related to. The first river of the four is Pison, according to their sequence in Genesis 2. In the definition of the river Pison, the definition Love comes to light in its faint human reflection spelled in the lower case form, defined as "the love of the good and beautiful, and their immortality." It comes to light here as a human quality mirroring the divine in our humanity, even though perhaps as but in the form of a faint recognition of divine Love, like the first hue of the dawn of a new day in a mid-summer night.

The higher concept of Love, spelled capitalized, is brought into the context of the rivers only in relationship to the fourth river, Euphrates, which deals with the development of divine Science. The phrase, divine Science, is one of those that are not directly defined in the Glossary of the textbook, as a Glossary term. It is defined instead in a round about way, in the definition for the tem, Veil. At the very end of this definition she defines divine Science as, "immortality and Love."

In the practical context these two terms are one and cannot be separated. America's political leader, Lyndon LaRouche, is the only person that I know who recognizes the universal principle involved, on the basis of his own discoveries of universal principles, and promotes it vigorously as a fundamental element of civilization. His concept of immortality is located in devoting ones life to uplifting human existence and the world to higher levels for the present and future benefit of humanity as a whole. The immortality of the resulting achievement which is based on a platform often called, Agape, reflects to some degree the immortality of every divine idea, including man and the universe. Mary Baker Eddy's numerous pioneering achievements for the advance of humanity certainly shine in this immortality. They shine with a hue of divine Love that should inspire an endless celebration of these achievements, of Mary Baker Eddy, and her living of divine Love that brought these achievements about that will touch the human heart universally for ages to come.

She writes in the textbook chapter on prayer, "God is Love." She adds, "The Divine Being must be reflected by man..." (S&H p. 2, 3)


 

1. Grekel, The Founding of Christian Science, p.325
2. Lottie Clark Reminiscences, Church History 
Note. The above quoted accounts are also related in an extensive summary compilation of accounts of healing by Mary Baker Eddy, by David Keyston - The Healer: The Healing Work of Mary Baker Eddy, p.120, p.150, published by Healing Unlimited.

 

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