One of my favorite gospel artists, Richard Smallwood (who composed the renowned anthem Total Praise), has a fun, upbeat song with a powerful message that I'd like to share with you. It's called At the Table, and you can watch a video here. It actually starts with an older song called Feast of the Lord, and then Smallwood shares his "updated version". The message is simple: Whatever you need, you can find it at God's "table".
I don't want to take this table imagery too far (I promise we will discuss other metaphors and ideas in this blog), but I had to share this song because I love how it makes God's presence and power sound so accessible. Over and over in the song we hear the refrain, "It's here!" Love, peace, joy, healing, freedom... they are right here for each one of us to enjoy, as naturally as we might pull up a chair at a welcoming table and enjoy a meal someone has lovingly prepared for us.
One of the things I appreciate so much about Christian Science is that there is no "process" required for healing. This does not mean that we don't have things we need to work through in our thoughts or behavior that may sometimes require disciplined focus over a period of time. Christian Science teaches that healing is a recognition of what God has already done rather than a concerted effort to make God fix something or to fix it ourselves. It is not magic, but it can be immediate. This is a huge comfort and relief to someone who has been struggling with something for what feels like an eternity.
Think of the examples of Jesus healing something that seemed to have been chronic and hopeless for years. He healed a woman who had been crippled for eighteen years (Luke 13) and a man who had been immobile for 38 years (John 5). In both cases, his words to them are along the lines of "You are set free". There was no waiting period. There were no conditions they had to meet, other than in the case of the man by the pool of Bethesda whom Jesus asked, "Do you want to be made well?"
As the song says, "Love is here where the table is spread, and the feast of the Lord is going on." It's here. Right now. Our right and privilege is to acknowledge and enjoy it.