I didn’t have the energy to cry, but tears streamed down my face anyway as I stared up at the stark sky. In the past, I’d loved thinking of the sky as a symbol of God’s infinitude.
Christ Jesus stated in his Sermon on the Mount, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” ( Matthew 5:16 ). And each week, in Christian Science Sunday Schools around the world, teachers are doing just that—helping their students understand their relation to God, and how this can be lived in their lives every day.
In the past few months, I’ve been in regular communication with my daughter who is living abroad in Germany for the year. She is a recent college graduate, and while navigating the waters of life beyond school, she has had many new experiences to think and pray about.
When our children grow up, leave home, and move from our immediate care, it can feel as if we lose a connection with them. But we can embrace our adult children in our prayers.
It could be argued that learning to trust God is one of the most significant things a human being can do. But this trust must be based on an understanding of God’s all-power and goodness, as Christ Jesus illustrated, and then it can bring to our experience a feeling of calm and an expectancy of good with complete confidence.
What is the nature of our true spiritual being, which is always at hand for us to discern and demonstrate? Whenever I delve into thinking about this, about what we truly are, I just get blown away. (I’m not new to this kind of thinking, either!) My amazement must be similar to the wonder and awe the Psalmist felt when he asked the same basic question and then received his answer: “O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
“I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also” ( I Corinthians 14:15 ). There are many ways to pray.
The glass slipped out of my hands and shattered all over the kitchen floor. Then I heard a familiar sound.
Academic and professional arenas provide many challenges and opportunities. Over many years spent in them, I have found it key to listen for God’s guidance and inspiration—to reason from a spiritual basis of knowing that the divine Mind, God, is always present to guide me in doing my best.
My favorite way to watch a sunset is to be still, to stay in place and watch as the colors of the sky change and the glowing sun settles over the horizon. Lately I have been considering this idea of stillness, not so much as it relates to watching a sunset, but to prayer.