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    “The substance of all devotion is the reflection and demonstration of divine Love.” Mary Baker Eddy

    The Bible studies on Isaiah, Noah and Elijah have given us tremendous examples of people who express deep devotion to God. I am learning at Plainfield a new sense of love both for God and mankind. The results of practicing what is taught is showing me the healing and power behind these teachings which demonstrates the truth of these Biblical principles.

    The definitions are from Webster’s 1828:

    DEVOTION: The state of being dedicated, consecrated, or solemnly set apart for a particular purpose…a yielding of the heart and affections to God, with reverence,…Ardent love or affection; attachment manifested by constant attention; Earnestness

    SUBSTANCE: Something real, something solid, not empty.

    DEMONSTRATION: exhibiting certain proof

    I saw this and asked myself, “what am I devoted to, where is my heart today, this moment, what am I giving constant attention to? I see that to have devotion to God it must be real and have proof. Mrs. Eddy tells us action express gratitude. Learning what honesty means my devotion must be a love for God from the heart. Before Plainfield I had not idea what dedication and work is required to walking with God. I also did not know what a joy it was until I started to be more obedient.


    When I read this, “The substance of all devotion is the reflection and demonstration of divine Love, healing sickness and destroying sin”, it is the “healing sickness and destroying sin” that really stood out to me as the substance of all devotion. So if my reflecting and demonstrating divine Love isn’t healing sickness and destroying sin (demonstration, following Jesus’ example), then my devotion lacks substance. For me, that’s food for thought.


    Thank you both. This is a really good test of whether my life has meaning or not. I believe that Mrs. Eddy referred to the “reflection and demonstration of divine love, healing sickness and destroying sin” as the substance of ALL devotion, because it is the only thing that matters. If I have a devotion (dedication, consecration, etc.) for anything else, I’m just wasting time and energy on something that will never satisfy or leave a lasting positive impression on anyone. Why? Because, as you implied, it has no substance.
    I just love the way Christian Science gives clarity to life (Life!) and all it’s meaning.

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