Grace for today

“Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you.”

— Mary Baker Eddy 

Every now and then, a situation arises that makes me so aware of the daily bread I’ve been given — the “grace for to-day,” as Mrs. Eddy puts it — that all I can do is stand back in awe and watch the Christ work.

I got an example of that the other day, when a group of people got upset with each other and lapsed into childish behavior for no apparent reason. In a matter of minutes, I found myself surrounded by angry people, and I really had no idea what had set them off.

In the past, I’ve often handled such situations by jumping into the fray, verbally roughing people up until I’ve intimidated them into silence with scathing remarks about their conduct. That sort of behavior usually ends the squabble at hand, but it also hurts people and makes me look like a mean bully who uses fear to control others — obviously not acceptable side effects.

This time around, I felt so thoroughly “clad in the panoply of Love” and in such full possession of the “daily bread” (grace) that Christ promises that it never occurred to me to run interference. I just let mortal mind have its tantrum, the way a mother waits out a toddler’s rage, refusing to take any of it personally or to give it any opportunity to draw me in.

The material picture was pretty unsettling, but when the crisis had passed, I found myself basking in the warmth of the Christ’s borrowed light as others commented on my calm. I wish I could take credit for that, but the situation unfolded so fast that I didn’t even have time to think, so I’m sure my response was nothing more nor less than a simple demonstration of “grace for to-day” as divine Love once again met “every human need.”