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The alibi

As innocent children of God, we cannot commit crime.

From the January 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Recently I received a summons for jury duty. On previous occasions I had fulfilled my civic obligation by calling in and then being relieved of any further responsibility. But this time I was instructed to appear in court. I was promptly assigned to a case commencing as soon as a jury could be seated. A pool of 57 prospective jurors was assembled in a courtroom, myself included, and the process began.

As I listened to the judge and attorneys ask questions, an unusual thought kept coming to mind: “He never left heaven for earth.” This thought was so persistent that I began to wonder what it was trying to teach me.

I was ultimately excused from jury duty, but I kept thinking about that idea. Returning home, I found the following statement by Mary Baker Eddy: “Jesus’ true and conscious being never left heaven for earth. It abode forever above, even while mortals believed it was here” (No and Yes, p. 36).

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