Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Comforting Others Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Comforting Others Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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I remember the time of Martin Luther King's assassination very well. I was a young college student at the University of California at Berkeley. Like many others on campus, I gave a lot of thought to Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech. But I was deeply discouraged. The world seemed a pretty bad place to go on living in if someone that good, and that gifted, could be gunned down in cold blood. It seemed to me like King's "dream" for a better world was dead. One day as I was walking to classes, the chimes on the campus bell tower, the "Campanile," began to play. As I listened, I recognized the tune as belonging to one of the hymns I'd sung from the "Christian Science Hymnal," with words by Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of this newspaper: "O gentle presence, peace and joy and power;/ O Life divine, that owns each waiting hour,/ Thou Love that guards the nestling's faltering flight!/ Keep Thou my child on upward wing tonight" (No. 207). I felt comforted. I felt that God, who is divine Life itself, "owned" all our hours. The ideas that King had shared - messages about freedom, perseverance, brotherly love - were eternal. They could not die. The work he had started would continue. About a year ago, I thought of this experience again when I was visiting another college campus. This time it was to attend a memorial service for a friend and professional colleague, who had been killed very suddenly and senselessly in a car accident. My friend was a brilliant scholar as well as a warm human being. He and his young wife had been very much in love. I was myself facing a number of personal challenges. I'd prayed deeply and earnestly about each of them. And yet I seemed to be seeing no progress anywhere. What comfort could I possibly be, I wondered, to a young widow who had just lost the love of her life? I felt very discouraged. Just before the service, I paused and turned around to face the campus. There, within the line of my vision, was another bell tower. And it was chiming the hour. I remembered the comfort and inspiration that the chimer at UC-Berkeley had provided for me those years before - certainly without ever having known how very much he or she had helped me. …

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