Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Migrating Again

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Migrating Again

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A Christian Science perspective.

The other evening I learned something quite remarkable about the little hummingbird I've observed all summer as it sips from the honeysuckle just outside the window and then stops at the trumpet vine in a corner of the garden. Sometime in the next several weeks this tiny bird will migrate to Panama from western Massachusetts. Included in its itinerary is a non-stop flight over the Gulf of Mexico. Its migration is the greatest distance traveled of all the species of birds, in proportion to its size ("Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air," PBS Nature).

I have had renewed respect for this strong and determined creature who is deceptively delicate in appearance. It has provided a helpful metaphor as situations are presented to me in my work as a Christian Science practitioner, of folks facing down fear of new situations and challenges in their work, altered family configurations, changes in schools, even the need to renovate their own character or health. Fear needn't be a factor. It only clouds or obscures views of present good available to us through prayer.

This tiny bird fuels up with the nectar available to it and goes forward according to the divine pattern that protects and preserves it. It embodies spiritual qualities such as resolve, determination, intelligence, courage, and strength - the opposite of the fragility that, at first glance, it seems to epitomize.

As I watched it relax on a vine, without the otherwise constant blur of its wings, which were now folded, I saw not an ounce of fear. And it occurred to me that divine Mind is the originator of all creation. Fearless being is ours too, as creations, manifestations, of God's universal, caring love.

A woman I know is also fearless and much stronger than she might seem to those who don't know her. To appearances, she is advanced in years and her material resources are not plentiful. Recently she found that her happy living situation was suddenly and unexpectedly coming to an end. …

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