Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Safe from Real Identity Theft ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Safe from Real Identity Theft ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

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It wasn't until some hours after my wife had left the park that she realized she'd left her coin purse there - with her driver's license and credit cards inside.

She went back, only to discover that the bag, with the purse and everything else she had taken to the park, was gone. I called the credit card companies immediately to cancel our cards, but we still felt vulnerable. We knew we had to do more.

I was impelled to pray - to think more about our lives as spiritual. I've found that this approach has had a profound effect in many instances.

By striving to be more conscious of the original, spiritual condition - the order and perfection that God has established - I experience more of this divine order. It's a matter of recognizing the presence and control of the divine intelligence over all of life. Everything in my life and in the lives of those around me falls in place to reveal more of the goodness, honesty, and integrity that God establishes.

I prayed specifically to understand better the good identity that God has given everyone. It was only this record that could remain. I thought of myself as accepting the Bible's invitation to "come and see the works of God" (Ps. 66:5).

The next day at the park, a man approached my wife and kids. He had found the bag and recognized my wife from the picture on her license. Everything was returned to her just as she had left it. And nothing more came of the incident.

We were both relieved. But even more significant to us was having understood a little more how the good identity that God has given us is the only identity that each of us really has. And through whatever experiences, it is protected.

The identity we have with God, the divine Mind, cannot be truly hidden or altered. Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, wrote, "The divine Mind maintains all identities, from a blade of grass to a star, as distinct and eternal" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. …

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