Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Seeking Inspiration

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Seeking Inspiration

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A Christian Science perspective.

We have all stood before a beautiful building, watched a play, or listened to a concert, and been lifted to a vision beyond our everyday lives.

Although I appreciate the effort, discipline, and sheer fortitude it takes to accomplish such works, it's often the inspiration behind these works that moves me. When I've experienced that feeling, I've found that it in turn inspires me, and helps me see that inspiration is available to everyone.

Even if you're not designing a building or writing a play, your home or work tasks and decisions probably demand inspiration as well as effort and time. Without it, activities, including prayers, can become routine. Inspiration is the divine influence of Spirit, God, that moves within one's thought - perhaps at a time of prayer - and, for me, indicates that the things I'm doing are not merely for material ends. Inspiration moves within the heart to reveal something more about life as completely spiritual. It glorifies God and God-given qualities instead of mere human effort that fluctuates in its strength and capacity. Divine inspiration is the communication from God that lights and leads the way. It is sometimes surprising, always reliable.

We can pray to God to reveal the inspiration that is inherent in us although it seems hidden at times. Since Spirit has created us, we are wholly spiritual. Spirit communicates its love and guidance, and prayer opens the way for inspiration in the form of tangible and pure spiritual desires, aspirations, and motives. These forward the understanding of our true spiritual nature and also bring us a right sense of companionship, abundance, home, and health that fulfills our needs.

A number of years ago I saw the movie "Wings of Desire." It was the story of an angel who wanted to become human. Although angels were portrayed as people, for me the characterization lifted comfort and compassion to something more permanent and universal. The angels were a loving, tender presence, invisible to those they were helping. Suddenly something would change in the people. Their faces went from sadness to a smile, or from a look of fear to one of hope. …

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