Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Always Included ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Always Included ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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"Thank you, Father, for including me." These were very surprising words, but they came to my thought as clearly as if a voice had spoken them. Even more important to me than the words, though, was the feeling - an overwhelming feeling of being included, of being totally, lovingly, warmly embraced.

The scene, on the other hand, was the opposite.

I had just been excluded from - not informed of, or invited to - a staff meeting. The company was in the process of restructuring and downsizing, and my high-level management position had been eliminated. My salary was cut nearly in half, and for several months I had been in a somewhat nebulous position in sales.

Friends and family members had expressed outrage during this time, encouraged me to leave the company, and offered suggestions. I must admit, it was tempting. I sensed, however, that there were deeper lessons, and I would be the loser if I walked away from them. How true this proved to be.

No stranger to employment challenges, the founder of this newspaper, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote, "Be of good cheer; the warfare with one's self is grand; it gives one plenty of employment ..." ("Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896," pg. 118).

After many years of ill health and financial insecurity, struggling and searching for a way out, she had discovered a deeper basis of life. She called this discovery Christian Science because it was provable in her life. In 1875 she wrote a book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," clearly explaining what she had learned of this deeper, spiritual reality and identity. The impact on her own life was profound. Mrs. Eddy regained her full health and went on to become a strong, independent businesswoman, successful healer, teacher, lecturer, author, and publisher.

In an address delivered in 1893, which includes the lines quoted above, she advised others from her own experience: "Self-ignorance, self-will, self-righteousness, lust, covetousness, envy, revenge, are foes to grace, peace, and progress; they must be met manfully and overcome, or they will uproot all happiness."

I asked a friend to pray with me in this new line of employment. …

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