Thy kingdom come.
Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.
Question: What does “ever-present” mean?
Answer: It means always being, or existing, here and now. For something to be always ever-present to everyone, it would also have to be everywhere. There would be no time or place for it to be absent. For instance, it seems like the air we breathe is ever-present, although we
know that there are places without oxygen. But God is limitless Spirit, everywhere. He embraces the whole universe!
Mary Baker Eddy tells us that God’s kingdom is ever-present, always with us. Let us see in the
following citations what this fact means for us:
“Because God is ever present, no boundary of time can separate us from Him and the heaven of His presence; and because God is Life, all Life is eternal.” (Un. 37:11)
“God is infinite, therefore ever present, and there is no other power nor presence. Hence the
spirituality of the universe is the only fact of creation.” (S&H 471:18)
“God is everywhere, and nothing apart from Him is present or has power.” (S&H 473:8-10)
“If God is Mind and fills all space, is everywhere, matter is nowhere and sin is obsolete.”
This fact of God’s ever-presence is important to ponder as we pray daily. It will help us in our day. As the Bible says: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Ps. 46:1)
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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