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).