Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Working the Crowd

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Working the Crowd

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TODAY I attended a political rally in support of the presidential candidate of my choice. After his speech, he "worked the crowd," shaking hands, greeting his supporters. I felt a rush of excitement as he approached my area, and then a surge of disappointment as he moved away.

After we cheered him on as his car drove by, I went back to the local Christian Science Reading Room. I had been spending the day there. As I entered, I felt the joy and peace I had experienced there earlier while reading articles in the Christian Science publications. I realized that both of my experiences that day involved responding to words and ideas. But there was something radically different between the political concepts and the spiritual ideas I was studying.

The topics were similar--health care, the economy, the environment, peace. But the articles I had been reading, which were based on the spiritual truths of the Bible, had presented each of those issues in the light of the healing Christ, the true idea of God. Not as hoped-for possibilities that might or might not occur depending on circumstances, but as divine ideas, created and forever maintained in perfect harmony by our Father-Mother God, the one Mind.

Jesus taught that the harmony and goodness of God are ever at hand, and he demonstrated the healing power of Christ. The Gospel of Luke in the Bible records that one day "as he went the people thronged him. And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years . . . came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched." Jesus stopped and said, "Who touched me?" Even his faithful disciples, looking around at the crowd pressing in on them, didn't understand his question. Lots of people were touching him!

But Jesus persisted, and the woman did come forward. …

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