A Christian Science Perspective

When Mary Baker Eddy founded The Christian Science Monitor in 1908, she gave the directive to publish one article on Christian Science every day. Each article delivers a response to a topical issue in the news from a Christian Science perspective. These articles inspire readers to look through a spiritual lens when responding to the news and focus their supportive prayers toward an issue facing the global community. For more articles than the ones listed below, visit the Christian Science perspective section on csmonitor.com.

It’s not always easy to set aside our worries and concerns. They gnaw at thought, keeping us in a state of confusion. But right where they seem so real, right there is an ever-present, all-powerful God, ready to reveal to us what He already knows. 

If we face down the impersonal impulse to act evilly or to see God’s creation as vulnerable to evil actions, we’ll find ourselves better protected. And ultimately, we’ll find all of society itself fully secure.

During summer and fall, television reports of tornadoes, hurricanes, and wildfires are fairly common. The images can almost be overwhelming as I sit and watch, feeling concern for the affected residents and first responders. It wouldn’t be as bad if there was something we could do to help during the immediate crisis. But there is! We can follow the example of Jesus. Let me explain.

Who that has heard about someone’s suicide has not been deeply touched? Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that suicide is on the rise in the United States. Once viewed as a problem for teens and the elderly, there’s been a surge in suicide among middle-aged Americans and veterans.

“Little things mean a lot,” Kitty Kallen sang in her 1954 hit recording. In Shakespeare’s play “King Richard the Third,” the king’s horse loses a shoe in battle and throws him to the ground. Facing the enemy on foot, the king cries: “A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!” For want of a shoe, a kingdom falls. Little things mean a lot.

“Who’s your rabbi?” It’s a question often asked in the TV business, theater, and Hollywood. Although “rabbi” is loosely used there, for someone looking for a job, it really means: Whom do you know on the inside, and are they willing to look at your audition tape, listen to you sing, or watch you act? Who will stick his or her own neck out for you when the corporate doors are otherwise closed? 

A favorite Bible promise, found right toward the beginning of the book, is: "My presence shall go with thee" (Exodus 33:14). No matter where a person goes, right there is God, fully and entirely. The presence of God – whom the Bible also calls Love and Spirit – is truly an ever-presence. This divine presence never could be bounded or excluded by any thing, opinion, or decree. While it's appropriate that theology is not to be legislated by any government, that doesn't mean that this presence of God can somehow be excluded from a school building. One's knowledge and awareness of God resides within – a person takes it wherever he or she goes.

I’ll never forget the day I became a dad. My wife and I had registered to adopt a child with our state’s Division of Youth and Family Services. Then one day we got a call from them saying there was someone special they’d like us to meet. A few days later little Christopher crawled into our life. When I held him for the first time, I knew he was going to be my son.

In our homes, schools, businesses, and governments there continue to be significant issues to resolve. Whether it’s a family member’s well-being and place in society, or whether it’s about a whole population, there’s a need to keep coming together to make decisions and bring momentum to our efforts for good.

As the housing market slowly recovers in the United States, people may start looking to move. Baby boomers may accelerate a current trend of downsizing to smaller homes, while younger families may begin to upsize.

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