Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

It Was the Flak Jacket ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

It Was the Flak Jacket ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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It was the flak jacket that did it. I've been following the debate on gay marriage and civil unions thoughtfully. I've been saddened by the deep divisions it has caused in some churches. But when I read about a minister who had donned a bulletproof vest - just in case - before addressing a conference of church people on the subject, I knew it was time to be more than a concerned spectator. I believe that deep and unselfish prayer has the power to unify and heal society as the world finds its way through this issue.

In her book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy, the Monitor's founder, pointed to four actions that have consistently moved humanity's progress forward: prayer, watching, working, and self-immolation. "Prayer, watching, and working, combined with self- immolation, are God's gracious means for accomplishing whatever has been successfully done for the Christianization and health of mankind," she wrote (page 1).

Monday, as a state Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage takes effect in Massachusetts, people may want to consider how prayer, watching, working, and self-immolation can bring peace and healing to all.

Prayer. Prayer is a way to feel God's comforting love embracing everyone in the world. In the privacy and deep humility of our prayers, we can pray to see creation the way the Bible says God does - as His very good image (Gen. 1:26, 31). God is pure Spirit, above any material description. Spirit's creation reflects its nature. This divine nature includes wisdom, clarity, love - everything good. This is how I want to view every man, woman, and child. Seeing people as the manifestation of divinity - rather than as merely physical, psychological, or sexual beings - invariably helps to restore one's faith that God protects and governs everyone.

Watching. Most people set a high value on justice and principled action. Living up to those values requires close watching of one's everyday thoughts. Consider the transforming effect on society of 10, 100, or 1,000 people asking themselves regularly, Is what I'm thinking true in the eyes of the divine Spirit? …

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