The title of today’s post is taken from Robert Burns’s famous poem so often sung throughout the English-speaking world as the New Year is rung in. The entire first line reads:
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?
It’s a rhetorical question about bringing to mind those who are no longer with us or of times gone by.
But as I was thinking about that famous line, I saw it in a very different light. A light that made me answer a resounding “Yes!” to his question.
Now, to be clear, I’m not talking about callously forgetting old friends or times, but about another type of “acquaintance.”
Let me explain.
Perhaps, you’ve had too long an acquaintance with some form of illness, or behavioral problem, or you’ve been dealing with employment or relationship issues that just don’t seem to get better. And you’re not receiving the healing that you want and that you deserve. That’s right—the healing that you deserve. As God’s precious idea you deserve to see and experience who you really are—His image and likeness!
Don’t let that supposed acquaintance with whatever the situation appears to be take on any sense of your identity. Don’t let it become comfortable. Don’t let it cozy up to you. And don’t let it in any way, shape, or form feel normal or natural, or something that you can “live with.”
Error—in any form—is no part of you. It has never been part of you. It will never be part of you. And you can never be made to believe that it is!
Mary Baker Eddy wrote:
Truth has no home in error, and error has no foothold in Truth. (Science and Health, p. 282)
And you, dear friends, are the reflection—the image and likeness—of Truth, of God. That’s why you have no home in error and it has no home in you. None!
In his letter to the Philippians, the Apostle Paul stated:
… forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
We are each and every one of us empowered by our Creator to cast away the false beliefs of the dream of material existence as we press on to that high calling that Paul referred to. We can forget the lies of the past. We can see their nothingness. And we can understand and experience the ever-present harmony of our all-good Father-Mother God. In fact, we are authorized by none other than God to do so.
In her Miscellaneous Writings (p. 151), Mrs. Eddy stated:
Brother, sister, beloved in the Lord, knowest thou thyself, and art thou acquainted with God? If not, I pray thee as a Christian Scientist, delay not to make Him thy first acquaintance.
And He’s the only acquaintance that we should never forget!