In a time of enormous upheaval, typical worldly promises are often seen to be incapable of providing what’s needed. That’s when people go looking for what’s really true and reliable in ways they might not at other times. These moments provide ripe opportunities for the light of Christian Science, “built on a hill,” to shine and light the way to human progress, health, hope, and salvation.
In part of what’s known as the Sermon on the Mount in the Bible, Jesus says, “A city built on a hill cannot be hid.… In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14, 16, New Revised Standard Version). The imagery is vivid. When it’s dark out and one is wandering through the wilderness, that welcoming beacon of light promising refuge is unmistakable. And the same is true during our own dark times, when the light of divine Love is reflected in the actions of individuals showing their neighbors there’s a Christianly scientific way to find stability, health, and freedom from fear—here and now.
Throughout this past lecture year, many shared the light of Christian Science in their communities by hosting a lecture on Christian Science. We’ve appreciated hearing from people how meaningful it has been that so many lectures were able to go forward online and over the phone during times when public gatherings were restricted. Many shared that friends, family, and former church members attended these lectures—either for the first time, or after a long time away—and that they’ve heard feedback of significant comfort and healing.