“Thy kingdom come” – Q&A #5

Thy kingdom come.
Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.

Question: How does God let us know He is ever-present?

Answer: We know God is present by the expression of spiritual qualities in all that is beautiful and good, and in the spiritual ideas that are revealed to us. These ideas, or messages from Love, are angels. Mary Baker Eddy describes them:

“Spirit is symbolized by strength, presence, and power, and also by holy thoughts, winged with Love. These angels of His presence, which have the holiest charge, abound in the spiritual atmosphere of Mind, and consequently reproduce their own characteristics. Their individual forms we know not, but
we do know that their natures are allied to God’s nature.” (S&H 512:8)

We see from the above that God’s presence is filled with angels! Angels are God’s messengers, telling us God is near.

Mrs. Eddy also defines angels as “God’s thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and
perfect; the inspiration
of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality.” (S&H 581:4)

You can read what Mrs. Eddy says about two special angels mentioned in the Bible — Michael and Gabriel — on pages 566-567 of the textbook. She refers to Gabriel as bringing a sense of God’s presence.

Angels come in response to prayer, and we realize that “the angels of His presence — the spiritual intuitions that tell us when ‘the night is far spent, the day is at hand’ — are our guardians in the gloom.” (S&H 174:11-14)

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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