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Church Alive

Rolling stones away

From the October 2011 issue of The Christian Science Journal

I work in a Christian Science Reading Room that is located in a small shopping mall in southwest Illinois. Like other Reading Rooms around the world, we have done our best to be well located as the Church Manual stipulates, and we work hard to present fresh and relevant displays that engage the community in thinking about both local and national events from a spiritual perspective. 

However, some days it seems like no one is interested in visiting the Reading Room. As I’ve been praying about this issue though, I have come to understand that the Reading Room is a divine and eternal idea that cannot possibly operate outside God’s natural laws of harmony and attraction. The fact is, God’s man is yearning for the goodness found in each and every Christian Science Reading Room. When we align our thought with this truth, it corrects and rebukes the opposite view. 

There is an imposition on mortal thought that says Christian Science is irrelevant and outdated. This false imposition asserts that Christian Science is not capable of meeting humanity’s current needs, and that it is not attractive in today’s fast-paced world. Those notions simply are not true; Christian Science is the promised Comforter. By virtue of that fact, this Science is destined to forever be on the cutting edge. It is destined to forever be out in front of the world and infinitely far in advance of mortal thought. Nothing could be more relevant and wonderful than man’s salvation from sin, disease, and death. 

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