It was natural for Christ Jesus to reach out to others in his daily walk. In so many examples in the Bible, we see his love for God and for humanity, and his willingness to express this love even in a challenging environment where religious laws were rigidly enforced.
Years ago, I felt mentally abused by my boss. Everything I did on the job was questioned, including my motives and methods.
Some years back I lived on the 25th floor of a high-rise apartment building, where my grandsons loved to visit me. One of their favorite things was riding up in the elevator, and it never escaped their notice that after the elevator reached the 12th floor, it then skipped in numbering to the 14th.
A pivotal moment in the Bible is Peter’s affirmation of Jesus’ spiritual identity as the Christ, followed by Jesus’ reply that his church would be built on the rock, described by Mary Baker Eddy as “the God-power which lay behind Peter’s confession of the true Messiah” ( Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 138 ).
When working through pain or suffering from an unkindness spoken or an injustice done, many folks have found comfort in the words of the famed poet Alexander Pope, “To err is human; to forgive, divine. ” Humanity often seems susceptible to erroneous thinking and acting, and this can lead to the common justification that to err is actually natural.
The gym I go to has positive messages posted on all the walls, cheerful paint, and bright lighting; but more important, I learned recently it is full of peace! Wall to wall, ceiling to floor. Here’s how I saw that.
Driving to a meeting last year, I noticed a light, wispy cloud—delicate, upright, and reaching high into the sky through all the other clouds round about. It was a damp morning, and on the periphery of my vision I could see a dark, leaden cloud signaling the heavy rain that had been forecast.
Editor’s note: Mark Sappenfield is Editor of The Christian Science Monitor. When Mary Baker Eddy took the first issue of The Christian Science Monitor in her hands and called that morning “the lightest day of all days,” she was making a promise to the members of the Church of Christ, Scientist, and to the world (see Irving C.
Have you ever felt as though something were entirely in your hands, and if you didn’t do it just right, things would fall apart? You’re not alone! Of course it’s right to handle responsibilities wisely and reliably. But I’ve found that when I look to God, rather than myself, as the ultimate source of goodness and ability, it opens thought to divine inspiration that brings solutions and progress.
When we’re feeling happy and good things are happening, we may feel that we want time to stand still, and yet it seems to fly by all too quickly. If we’re facing hardships or feeling discouraged or frustrated, time can seem to move at a snail’s pace and feel like a dead weight.