Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Before the Socks Go into the Suitcase

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Before the Socks Go into the Suitcase

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A MAP or guidebook is a vital help to the traveler. As the traveler becomes familiar with its clear directions, the map guides actions naturally. In somewhat the same way, many have found the Bible and its companion book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, to be a vital chart for daily living. These books reveal God as divine Principle, Love, infinite Mind-and man as the spiritual idea of God. They teach that God is omnipotent and ever present, and that evil has no real place or power.

These truths are the ultimate "guidebook." A friend of mine once said that the Bible and Science and Health were the first items to be packed in preparation for a trip-"before the socks go into the suitcase." The point was not merely to pack books but to prepare for traveling by filling consciousness with the spiritual ideas they contain-and sticking with that spiritualization of thought along the way. As we do so, we find our thoughts filled with what the Bible terms "the fruit of the Spirit," with love, joy, peace, gentleness, and temperance. ". . . against such there is no law," says the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Galatians (5:22, 23).

A consciousness imbued with such qualities is able to meet, with equanimity and spiritual dominion, any adverse circumstance it may encounter. It partakes of the Christlike awareness of God, good, that Christ Jesus expressed so fully. Mrs. Eddy puts it this way in Science and Health: "Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts" (p. 261).

When you're traveling-and in your daily routine-you can acknowledge that the law of God, divine Principle, is the only governing force. It is ever active. Divine Mind, God, is the only Mind in control, and man, as God's image, is a reflection of this Mind. These truths eliminate the roadblock called fear. …

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