Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Life That Keeps Blooming ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Life That Keeps Blooming ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

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On my bulletin board is a favorite verse:

Kind hearts are the gardensKind thoughts the rootsKind words the flowersKind deeds the fruits.

Maybe these metaphors have special meaning for those of us who tend gardens - who drop seeds expectantly into furrows, or cover root balls gently with good soil, and rejoice to see delicate petals unfurl their heavenly hues. But as this verse suggests, everyone is a gardener, in a sense. Each of us is cultivating thought.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Christ Jesus emphasized the importance of watching our thinking. He gave numerous examples of how the thoughts we cultivate bear fruit in our lives. And St. Paul described such qualities as love, joy, and peace as fruits of the Spirit (see Gal. 5:22).

The implication is that a life rich in such qualities begins with diligent thought-tending. Thoughts that don't come from the Spirit, or God - fearful or discouraging thoughts - need to be weeded out of consciousness to give place to those more natural to us - thoughts of peace, hope, gratitude, and affection. These flow constantly to us from the divine Mind, our true source.

A visitor to a grand estate open to the public was moved by the beauty of its extensive gardens. Seeing the gardener, she remarked, "You must spend hours and hours weeding!" His reply surprised her.

"Actually, I rarely have to," he said. "The perennials are so profuse, there's no room for weeds to sprout."

In that vein, Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered and founded Christian Science, wrote to her students: "Beloved Christian Scientists, keep your minds so filled with Truth and Love, that sin, disease, and death cannot enter them. It is plain that nothing can be added to the mind already full. There is no door through which evil can enter, and no space for evil to fill in a mind filled with goodness" (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany," p. …

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