Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

What's New? ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

What's New? ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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A couple of days ago, we said goodbye to spring in the Land Down Under. Though summer is grand, spring is my favorite season.

I tend to get a bit philosophical in the spring, when the air is filled with the fragrance of wisteria. Walking my dog in the early morning, listening to birds hover noisily over their young, I think about the beauty of nature and the wonder of renewal. One spring morning, I discovered a couple of plants in the garden I'd completely forgotten about that seemed to have popped up out of nowhere.

Renewal is an exciting concept. The Bible says that the Lord's "compassions" don't fail, that "they are new every morning" (Lam. 3:22, 23). That says to me that God is constantly conferring blessings on us, regardless of who we are or where we are in life - or in the world.

Another aspect of renewal is changing, starting over. It is positively liberating to think we can change our course whenever we're so inspired.

Lots of people launch into entirely new careers after spending years doing something else. Some folks return to school for a degree after their kids are grown. In the same way, we can change old habits, regardless of how ingrained we think they've become. We can become more thoughtful of our spouse, more patient with our neighbor, and can strive to reach out and love the world more. We can drive more carefully, learn a new skill, become more punctual. There's no limit to what we can do if we're inspired. And inspiration comes from listening to God. Our Father-Mother is always there to guide us.

Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of this newspaper, once wrote that "Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," pg. 454). The word Love is synonymous with God, indicating the nurturing, caring, mothering aspects of Her nature.

Some time ago, I recall sitting in my small apartment on a long holiday weekend, wondering what I was going to do to entertain myself. I'd failed to make plans, so there I was, staring at the four walls and trying to conjure up some activity. I knew I could be happy. …

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