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"The Lord [God's purity] reigneth"

From the May 1999 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The Scriptures are living words, and words to be lived. Their voice can't be locked into the past tense. To explore their spiritual meaning opens the heart to new possibilities. This column records insights for life that individuals have drawn from the Scriptures, including their study of the Bible Lessons presented in the Christian Science Quarterly.

Almost Every Day a word comes to me that I need to understand or live better, or a word that speaks of something that seems particularly absent from the world. Purity, honesty, harmony, supply, freedom, church, are some words that have come to thought for consideration. I think of the particular word, or idea, as I study the Bible Lesson and seek to understand its relation to God in every place that God is referred to. In this way I gain a new healing glimpse of its spiritual meaning, and I embrace myself, my family, community, or any specific world problems in what I am learning.

For example, one day I was disturbed about several issues having to do with immorality. I have a daughter who had just started college, and I had been made aware of some challenges to morality at her school. Also, I live in a college town where 10,000 of our town's 20,000 people are college students, and I am well aware of the challenges here. Furthermore, several bars offering adult entertainment had just opened in our community, and there was much concern among community members about this. So one day the word I gave thought to was purity.

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