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Maintain a morning consciousness

From the October 1981 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Sunrise on a beautiful morning, the freshness and bold streaks of color, can bring rare inspiration. But moments of exaltation, when based on materiality, however beautiful, do fade. Yet morning's unfailing return hints of an unfading spiritual fact.

We might call this permanent spiritual fact the omnipresence of God, which we feel and recognize through divine inspiration. This illumination is far deeper than a momentary surge of appreciation for the wonder and beauty of the physical world. Spiritual inspiration is a conscious awareness of God's allness and goodness. The knowledge of God's presence could be called a "morning consciousness." Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, defines "morning" as "light; symbol of Truth; revelation and progress." Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, P. 591; We all have moments when we are enlightened by Truth; moments when revelations from God impel us to make spiritual progress in our thinking and our lives.

But how can we maintain a morning consciousness all the time? Perhaps we start our days with the same basic prayer the Psalmist used: "My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up." Ps. 5:3; But then we must challenge the evidence of the physical senses, which always testify incorrectly. The corporeal senses would claim to take from us the inspiration of our morning study and prayer.

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