Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Freedom Quest ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Freedom Quest ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

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Countries around the world dedicate a day each year to celebrating liberty. France recently paraded her flag and sent fireworks into the sky for Bastille Day. As a citizen of the United States, I've seen another Independence Day come and go.

As July approached this summer, I was drawn to many of the things a truly revolutionary thinker and spiritual healer wrote about freedom. In her major work, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy, founder of this newspaper, devoted several pages to the discussion of true and enduring freedom from all forms of enslavement. In this discussion are found these provocative statements: "The enslavement of man is not legitimate"; "Mortals will some day assert their freedom in the name of Almighty God"; "Love is the liberator" (see pp. 224-228).

While joining friends for dinner and watching fireworks, an urgent call came from our daughter. Her toddler son suddenly had become very feverish and unwell. After requesting I pray right away to heal him, she held the phone to his ear so he could listen to what I had to say. At once, the spiritual truths I'd read and pondered over the previous days welled up and became solid and powerful ammunition against this assault on his peace and happiness.

My heart was bursting with love for this child, and for his Maker, and for the freeing truth about him and his Father-Mother God. Speaking to him about how much God loves us, cares for us, really cherishes us, was as natural as feeding him the cereal and fruit I give him when he comes to visit. And I sensed it was going down just as easily. St. Paul stated in the Bible: "I was free born," and "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (Acts 22:28; II Cor. 3:17).

I knew this God-given liberty was part of this child's spiritual make-up and was a permanent feature of everyone's identity as God's creation. …

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