Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Seven Words ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Seven Words ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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The coming centennial anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight (Dec. 17) is a reminder that people are breaking through barriers that were once insurmountable - they're making new discoveries in science and scholarship, and breaking limits in sports, technology, manufacturing, and the arts. Making strides, individually and collectively, toward freedom from the torments of racial, ethnic, religious, gender, and age discrimination and injustice.

The idea that we humans can accomplish awesome good things - even seemingly impossible things - is not a modern idea. It's as old as time.

The Bible is a remarkable treasure chest of "impossible" occurrences that resulted when people humbly trusted in God to help them. Noah built an ark. Moses led his people out of bondage and parted the Red Sea. Elisha healed Naaman of leprosy. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego emerged unscathed from a fiery furnace. Peter walked on water. So did Jesus - and he also turned water into wine, traveled instantaneously, fed and healed multitudes, raised the dead, and triumphed over death. These are just a few examples.

The birth of Jesus is another. As described in Luke, the angel Gabriel announces to Mary - an event known as the Annunciation - that she will be Jesus' mother. An impossibility from a secular point of view: Mary was a virgin. And she expresses no little surprise, even disbelief. But Gabriel reassures her with seven words, "For with God nothing shall be impossible" (Luke 1:37).

Those seven words, cutting through the darkness of limited thought with the dazzling light of divine Truth, echo throughout Jesus' teaching and life. He framed them this way: "For with God all things are possible" (Mark 10:27).

The founder of the Monitor, Mary Baker Eddy, recognized that this Christ-message is relevant to you and me today, in every aspect of life. God, Love, is still omnipotent and ever available to help - making His/Her presence known in practical ways to the receptive thought in all of us.

The idea is so fundamental that Mrs. Eddy started page 1 of her book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," with this "announcement": "The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God . …

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