Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Plan for All Seasons Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Plan for All Seasons Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Another equinox this week! Is it autumn or spring that's just arrived for you? Are long cold winter nights just around the corner? Or are you heading for long hot afternoons on Bondi Beach in Sydney?

While some readers may be feeling sad that they'll soon be watching the leaves detach themselves from blazing red maples in the woods of Vermont, others may be anticipating a sweet renewal at the sight of daffodils opening in the spring sunshine beside Zoo Lake in Johannesburg. Some will be looking forward to a warm Christmas in Harare. Others can't wait to see the colored lights twinkle beside the ice rink at Rockefeller Center in New York. Then, there are people who have lived in both Northern and Southern Hemispheres and, invigorated by memory, joyfully anticipate a sort of double equinox.

But you know, every season has a luster of its own when we discover it's not the calendar or the weather that controls our lives. It's our understanding of God. He is the creator of a universe in which the seasons mark a supremely natural unfolding of His goodness. The Psalmist declared, ''The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein'' (Ps. 24:1).

The Lord's Prayer includes this invocation: ''Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven'' (Matt. 6:10). This is interpreted by Mary Baker Eddy, who founded this newspaper, in these words: ''Enable us to know, -- as in heaven, so on earth, -- God is omnipotent, supreme'' (''Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,'' Pg. 17).

This leaves us in no doubt about our starting point. God, divine Mind, is supreme over all. Christ Jesus addressed God as ''Lord of heaven and earth'' (Luke 10:21). And so He is. Always has been. Always will be. There is no other power or impulsion. God is our Maker, controller, and preserver.

Many people theoretically admit this truth, and may have a certain amount of faith in it. But to others this is fundamental in all their thinking. It is the truth upon which an unwavering faith is based, and which is demonstrable in the overcoming of all manner of evil.

It would be impossible to estimate the protective value of being convinced of the allness and omnipotence of God, of good itself. …

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