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Shaking off regret

From the April 2018 issue of The Christian Science Journal

When we find ourselves overwhelmed with regret over something we’ve done, either intentionally or unwittingly, what can we do? I’ve learned through my study of Christian Science that a flawed human history, including past mistakes, can be put off, because healing and transformation through Christ bring newness and wholeness. No matter how difficult our situation may look, we can find redemption and solutions by turning to God.

This idea was sweetly and modestly illustrated to me several years ago, during a winter of heavy snowstorms and freezing temperatures, when my daughter and I rescued a bird stuck in the crevice between a roof-high pile of snow and our sliding glass door. The bird, a robin, was upside down and looked as if he was frozen.

Turning away from the spectacle briefly, I had a simple thought: “That bird’s life is not in his body, not in his feathers or tail or wings, not in matter at all.”

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