The first step in any relationship is recognizing who it is we’re in relationship with! First, let’s assume that God is both Father and Mother. So often, God is referred to only as Father which leaves out a sense of motherly qualities.
Second, it’s really important to recognize that God is not anthropomorphic; in other words, S/He does not resemble human form or being.
Third, God is not material, S/He is spiritual. So, we can’t recognize God in the same way we recognize humans and the things in the world.
So, how do we recognize God? Elijah was a spiritual seer written about in The Bible in I Kings, and he learned that God is in “the still small voice”. (I Kings 19:12) But, how do we identify that voice and distinguish it from our own?
Okay, so there’s one example of what God is not.
Now, let’s familiarize ourselves with what God is by exploring seven synonyms:
Contemplation and awareness of the synonyms and their qualities on their assigned day, without skipping ahead, is recommended! Why, you ask? Because specific focus on them deepens your understanding and purifies your thoughts about God, and familiarizes you with His/Her character so you can recognize or witness Him/Her as the still small voice. Doing so gives one the opportunity to witness God, Spirit, in operation!
Witnessing means being authentically present with what you are examining. It creates the space for fuller connection with the good that is present. To feel that connection is to experience yourself as one with God.
One thing is for sure, God is infinite, and so the qualities covered in this 28-day project are just the infinitesimal tip of the iceberg in exploring God’s nature! But, we need to begin somewhere ...
so let’s get started!
Day 1 – Goodness
Good·ness /goo d-nis/ η: the state or quality of being good: 1 moral excellence; virtue. 2 kindly feeling; kindness; generosity. 3 excellence of quality: goodness of workmanship. 4 the best part of anything; essence; strength
“God, God, a God of mercy and grace, endlessly patient – so much love, so deeply [good and] true.” (The Message, Ex. 34:6)
Awareness Exercise: Throughout your day, notice the natural goodness all around you - in yourself, your family, friends, and others. Watch where the idea of goodness is represented in everything you see.
“God is natural good, and is represented only by the idea of goodness”. Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures (SH) by Mary Baker Eddy 119:21-22)