Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Angels in the Trenches

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Angels in the Trenches

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A Christian Science perspective.

A plea for support of soldiers on battle assignment overseas sits on

my desk, waiting for a donation. "Whether you celebrate Christmas,

Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa," it says, "it's the loneliest time to be at

the Front."

Prepaid phone cards, which my donation will provide, can shrink the

distance between troops and their faraway families and friends for a

few precious minutes. I long to do more, though. To convey the

message of God's goodness and power right where each man and woman

in uniform is serving. To help erase feelings of isolation and fear.

For centuries, people posted to dangerous places far away from home

have found comfort and protection in a spiritual source - their

heavenly Father-Mother God. It makes sense that God's children, no

matter where they are, would be included in the divine omnipresence.

And it also makes sense that God ensures that we feel this


That's where angels come in. Angels are "God's thoughts passing

to man," according to Monitor founder Mary Baker Eddy. This

description of them, from her book "Science and Health with Key to

the Scriptures," continues: "spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect;

the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting

all evil, sensuality, and mortality" (p. 581).

Angels are not messengers from a remote God to struggling members of

His creation. They are actually as close as thought, with direct and

dependable power. While purely mental, their impact is tangible.

It's felt in specific ways - in useful ideas, clear direction,

profound reassurance, and sure defense.

Nothing can stop or deflect the loving communication God intends for

Her treasured children - no evil purpose or tactic, no forbidding

terrain, no distance. The fact is that where we are, He is; and where

She is, we are. Our oneness with God guarantees our ability to

receive His angel messages.

How can we be sure of this? Often, all that's needed is a deep

desire to feel God's presence. …

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