Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Ongoing Resurrection Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Ongoing Resurrection Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Yes, the Easter season has come and gone. But an ongoing contemplation of the concept of resurrection can fill the rest of our year-and the rest of our days. We choose to dwell either in the resurrection or in the crucifixion. The former awakens brighter, more productive lives. I know; I've seen it.

Years ago, during a time of many tears and trials, I began to recognize consciously that God was present with me. The Christ (the understanding of God with us) aroused me from self-pity. It came to me, with sudden inspiration, that Christ Jesus was resurrected-was risen above all hatred, evil, and mortality-through his consciousness of God.

After the chief priests, in consultation with all who conspired against Jesus, bound him and carried him to Pontius Pilate to be questioned, Jesus did not speak in his own defense. He relied on God to defend him, evidently recognizing the inability of material means to rescue him. He told Pilate, "Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above" (John 19:11). This recognition of an omnipresent, all-powerful God was the very thing that would enable him to endure the crucifixion and burial in the sepulcher. He would rise from the tomb through this same conscious recognition of God, Life eternal. And this would lead to his ascension-his complete dominion over the flesh. We might not feel we could approach this dominion. But today we can begin to follow in Jesus' footsteps. We can learn that God is the source of all strength, health, and happiness. Then another's (or our own) mistaken views will not bind us. We can rise above the circumstances that place us on a cross of sickness or misery. No one can bind thought without the consent of the thinker. Keeping our thought free of encumbrances such as self-pity, revenge, and resentment frees us to lead healthier, happier lives. Independent thinking can go on regardless of what is occurring around us because we are, in reality, the image of God. Again, power lies in thought, and your thought can't be imprisoned unless you allow it. …

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