The way we communicate with others continues to change. People today talk less and text more; there’s less “snail” mail and more e-mail; and geographically distant friends are connecting in online communities through social networks.
In print, on the Web, and via e-mail, millions of individuals come into contact with The Christian Science Monitor and other publications of The Christian Science Publishing Society each month. But then what? Jesus’ parable of the sower and the seed might provide an answer (see Mark 4:1–20 ).
Dear Readers, In January we introduced a new size and design for the Full-Text Edition of the Christian Science Quarterly, and invited your comments. Many of you love the simplicity of the new design, the larger font, the space for notes.
Journal, Sentinel, and Herald readers continue to embrace the new design, launched this year. The goal was a fresh and contemporary look, but more than that, a desire to give a sense of sacredness, accessibility, and elegance.
We’re so grateful for all the letters, e-mails, and online responses we’ve received about the redesign of The Christian Science Journal , Sentinel, and Herald . As soon as the first issues were delivered to mailboxes, correspondence began to pour in from across the globe.
To many English readers, The Herald of Christian Science may seem inaccessible or even irrelevant. But to someone who does not read English, the Herald— published in four languages in print and ten other languages online—may be their first and only ongoing experience with Christian Science.
What was the first thing you noticed when you pulled The Christian Science Journal , Sentinel, or Herald out of your mailbox this week? You most likely saw the physical changes—the new cover design and nameplate, the smaller 7 x 10 inch size, the new layout and design of the articles, columns, and testimonies. These are visible signs of three years of prayer and listening; but the deeper signs of this work are in the words and ideas that make each article and testimony a blessing to the reader.
Wow! It is hard to believe, but this issue of the Journal marks the end of 2012. It has been a very exciting year.
For the past three years the Trustees of The Christian Science Publishing Society, the editors, and the managing publisher for The Christian Science Journal, Sentinel, and Herald (JSH) have embraced Mary Baker Eddy’s statement, “The discoverer of Christian Science finds the path less difficult when she has the high goal always before her thoughts, than when she counts her footsteps in endeavoring to reach it” ( Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 426 ).
“At midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them” ( Acts 16:25 ). Paul and Silas had been imprisoned for preaching the gospel, but their songs of praise and their understanding of God set them free.