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.

For light in Somalia

There's a saying that from small acorns, mighty oaks do grow. The progress toward stability in Somalia in the last year or so may be represented by the acorn, and many have hopes that a great oak of peace, supporting a strong, stable government, will grow from it.

The fatal attack by two men on an unarmed British soldier in the streets of London last Wednesday has been severely condemned by Prime Minister David Cameron. One of the alleged attackers was filmed voicing extreme political views consistent with beliefs promulgated by a small minority of Muslims who hold radical views. Few on either side of the Atlantic could fail to be shocked by the nature of this crime. It follows not long after the bombs set off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, also reportedly by individuals who held views consistent with radical Islam.

Watching a baseball game recently that was a tribute to the contributions of players from the Negro Leagues of the past, I was transported back to 1968 when I moved to Greensboro, N.C., to start a new job. It was three days after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. There was tension in town, a feeling of fear and instability in the wake of the tragic shooting. Greensboro had been a site where some of the “sit-ins,” a series of nonviolent protests against racial segregation, had taken place.

Some years back a major earthquake hit Mexico City. Amazingly, many newborns at a central hospital that collapsed survived for days beneath mountains of rubble before rescuers finally reached them (see The New York Times, Oct. 16, 1985). Without diminishing the heroic efforts of first responders, perhaps the survival of those infants hints at the strength of innocence, the power of purity.

If you’ve been following the news of the devastating tornado that struck Moore, Okla., Monday, you may have stumbled across a short video online that is quickly going viral. In this video, a survivor – whose home has been completely destroyed – is reunited with her pet dog, while giving an interview to the media. The woman explains that when the tornado hit, she held her dog and hid in her tiny bathroom. After the tornado passed, she rose up from the rubble and called for her pet. When the dog failed to come to her, she knew it was trapped somewhere nearby.

I started knitting as a way to do something relaxing. But in those early days it was far from a peaceful hobby. I worried about dropping stitches and getting the yarn in knots. My stitches were tight, leaving barely enough room for the other needle to enter the loops. Total focus was required.

In business, politics, or our personal lives, instant gratification continually confronts us, and usually in the form of willful attempts to win the day with too little regard for tomorrow's consequences. Michael Burry, physician, hedge-fund manager, and a predictor of the economic collapse of 2008, addressed the 2012 University of California, Los Angeles, graduating class in economics. He said: "[M]any if not most people will do questionable things that obviously make money and earn respect from common peers....

Graduations are Life-affirming exactly because they are proofs of progress. This is a reason to rejoice! As we pause to acknowledge these outward manifestations of lessons mastered and advancing stages of growth, we need to remember the divine underpinnings of it all.

Lots of media attention has been focused on economic crises in the United States lately – from the fiscal cliff to the “sequester” to the debt ceiling. Pundits and politicians are concerned about what will happen to the economy as tax cuts expire or as spending cuts kick in. But while it’s important to understand what’s happening in the news, we can also rely on our universal Father-Mother, God, to tell us where our true source of supply comes from.

A new book titled “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, is prompting much discussion. It focuses on the challenges women face in the corporate arena and how women can best be visible, impactful, and effective. As healthy dialogue continues about Ms. Sandberg’s views, much can be appreciated about the importance of bringing one’s talents and inspired leadership into the world of work. While there are indeed helpful strategies for finding work, advancing our careers, or achieving “best fit” job alignment, many people find that more than human effort and analysis is required – that God’s guidance and wisdom are needed. And for this, we must lean up.

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