One day some years ago , when I was serving as an attendant at a Christian Science Reading Room, the librarian informed the staff of a problem with our daily deliveries of The Christian Science Monitor. When she arrived at the Reading Room in the mornings, our copies of the Monitor were often missing, though she was assured by our delivery service that they had been delivered to our doorstep.
When a loved one passed away, I felt a sense of separation and aloneness. Endeavoring to pray and overcome the grief, I recalled an earlier experience I’d had during one of my daily walks that took me past several blocks of art galleries.
Whenever I pray about a world problem, it helps me feel less abstract in my prayers if I can see how to purify my own heart on that particular issue, even in a small way. Christ Jesus encouraged his followers, “First cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye” ( Matthew 7:5 ).
When I was a child, attending Sunday School was an important part of my life especially on Easter Sunday. The flowers were springing up, and there was a sense of renewal all over.
One recent day , as I considered all the healings I’ve experienced and witnessed through the practice of Christian Science, I noticed quite vividly a common denominator to them all. Each and every case, no matter what the trouble seemed to be, was primarily the result of believing the lie that man could be separated from God’s love.
Do you find yourself deeply inspired by the truth of being—the eternal harmony of God and His creation—yet not as successful as you want to be, or need to be, when it comes to rejecting material evidence to the contrary? The Scriptures tell us, “God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good” ( Genesis 1:31 ). Therefore, in an absolute sense, whatever is not Godlike and good, whatever is not spiritual and perfect, is not real.
I learned something of how prayer can protect us during the early 1970s when I lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the height of what was to become a thirty-year sectarian, political conflict known as the Troubles. During this time over 3,600 people were killed, and many bombs, too many to count, were exploded.
Today, we place so many demands on ourselves—working for more productivity at our jobs, continuing education, parents managing their children’s myriad activities—all that along with daily activity. When asked to take on a role or task for church, however, the hesitancy to take on another commitment sometimes sneaks in.
It was the first snow of that winter, and I headed out of my hotel for an early morning run. This was decades ago, but I still remember it vividly—the ground was covered with a thin blanket of white and everything seemed extra quiet.
The 18th-century English poet Alexander Pope wrote, “Order is heaven’s first law,” an often-quoted line that Mary Baker Eddy refers to as “so eternally true, so axiomatic, that it has become a truism; and its wisdom is as obvious in religion and scholarship as in astronomy or mathematics” ( Retrospection and Introspection, p. 87 ).