Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

That's Entertainment! Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

That's Entertainment! Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

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A movie in the 1970s revived joyous memories of dozens of film stars who had danced or sung their way through the golden era of Hollywood musicals. It declared, "That's entertainment!" The film's wholesome escapism has enjoyed several reruns on American television.

But do you feel that people sometimes take escapism to extremes, when they restlessly click away at their TV remote controls and their computer mice, in search of stimulation? For some, quietness seems threatening -- every moment of dead air on radio or TV, every natural pause between songs or commercials, causes anxiety. "What happened?" "What's wrong?" "How can we think without the noise?"

Ironically, this points to what we most need -- more pauses! Not dead air, of course, but more gaps in the whirl of daily life that establish what we should really be "clicking into." We need to slow down long enough to do some entertaining of our own. But entertaining here means more than just diversion, amusement, or hospitality; it means keeping, or holding, something in mind. How good it would be if we would constantly hold in mind the example of Christ Jesus, who knew how to pause for spiritual refreshment. We read in the New Testament in the Bible of several occasions when Jesus went off alone to commune with God. One of those occasions is related in Matthew, chapter 14, when Jesus sent his disciples ahead of him by ship, across the Sea of Galilee. In the meantime he went to a mountain to pray. He returned walking across the water, and rescued the disciples from a storm at sea, bringing them safely into the land of Gennesaret. There his healings were more impressive than ever; Jesus healed even those who simply touched the hem of his garment. In our search for balanced lives in which work and play, activity and stillness, blend harmoniously, the example of Jesus stands supreme. Following this example is how Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of this newspaper, chose to live her life. Her article called "The New Birth," in her book Miscellaneous Writings, calls upon fellow students of the Bible to "entertain a higher sense of both God and man. …

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