Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Mirroring Goodness

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Mirroring Goodness

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HAVE you ever noticed that certain things are high on the scale of what motivates people to pray? In times of tragic illness, catastrophe, war, or other disasters, aren't we impelled to reach out to a source greater than ourselves?

Many aspects of everyday life tend to mirror the bad things going on. But prayer brings a clearer concept of God's goodness and of man as His perfect reflection. As our understanding grows that God is good only, never wrathful or changeable, we begin to see increasing evidence of the power of prayer to change our lives.

In a mirror we see the exact reflection of the object in front of it--unless there is a distortion in the mirror. Any belief that portrays God's creation, spiritual man, as a sinner subject to sickness is a distortion incapable of accurately mirroring man's perfect reflection of his Maker. Learning more of the omnipotence of good corrects the erroneous beliefs that lead to sickness and sin, thus restoring our undistorted view, which shows that the understanding of perfect God and perfect man is the basis of health and harmony.

An incident in my life helped me understand more clearly what it means to be God's reflection. Negotiating the steps to the second floor of our townhouse was a many-times-a-day occurrence. This day, however, my hands were filled with laundry. When my slippers caught the top stair, I was unable to catch myself before I fell against the wall immediately in front of me. Because my nose, which took much of the impact, began bleeding profusely, I went into the bathroom. As I looked in the mirror over the sink , however, I found myself remembering a passage from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. She writes: "Call the mirror divine Science, and call man the reflection. Then note how true, according to Christian Science, is the reflection to its original. …

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