Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Does Summer Have to End? ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Does Summer Have to End? ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

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Last week I received a call from a friend. As she spoke wistfully about the end of summer, I could tell she was bracing herself for the demands of fall and winter.

She paused for a moment, fondly remembering the week she spent this summer with her family on Lake Champlain in Vermont. "It was so lovely," she said, "so serene - like a Matisse painting - with the mountains across the lake and behind us, and white hydrangeas everywhere."

As I listened to her, I myself felt that the fullness of summer had come and gone too fast. But then I had a realization. "Wait," I said to her, "That summer view is not lost to the past!

"The whole purpose of what we saw in those summer moments was to reveal what is - to reveal the fullness of Life that is ours to see continually in every facet of our lives."

Each of the seasons seems to have its spiritual lessons, such as harvest, purity, stillness, endurance, growth, unfoldment, renewal. But the special lesson of summer to me is fullness, completeness, wholeness. In summer we see the petals of the rose fully unfurled. The branches of the maple laden with leaves. The sea brimming with boats, seagulls, and reflections of light. Here we see, as a favorite hymn says, "the wide horizon's grander view" (Samuel Longfellow, "Christian Science Hymnal," No. 218).

Why are we given this view? I think it's to illustrate the full - nothing held back - essence of Life. To me the spiritual message from God is, "This is the way I created my universe - in scintillating, clear color; in perfect wholeness and beauty. This is the way I created you, child."

God created His universe at the point of completeness, not of infancy or partial development."Let there be light"; "Let the earth bring forth ... cattle"; Let there be "man made in His image and likeness" (see Genesis, chapter 1). …

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