Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Where Is Church? Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Where Is Church? Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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I used to think church was limited to a particular place and time every Sunday morning, for an hour or so.

As the years went by, I gained a better understanding of church-as something more than a human institution-by gaining a greater, clearer understanding of God. I found Him to be ever present, completely powerful. I saw that He loved me unconditionally. I was learning I was truly in His very presence anytime, anywhere. The more love I expressed to others, the more I was reflecting God and feeling His presence. I was seeing Him as He is-eternal Life, infinite Love, unchanging Truth.

Here is a spiritual description of Church given in the textbook of Christian Science: "The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle" (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 583). Truth, Love, and Principle are all synonyms for God discussed in this book. We experience this spiritual concept of Church when we come together to glorify God in places of worship. Church is also expressed in doing an unselfish deed, stretching out the helping hand to those in need, or turning a smiling face toward heaven, away from our problems. We find it in silent thoughts of gratitude to God. In the heart overflowing with love. Christ Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 17:21). And so the inspiration of Church can even be found on the athletic field while you're running a race, in the office while you're conducting business, or at home while you're taking care of the kids. Many times I've had opportunities to share with others my understanding of God and of the unbroken unity with Him that we each have. Recently I was doing a simple job that allowed me to talk while I was working. I became engaged in a conversation with someone who asked me about myself. I mentioned that I was a Christian Scientist. The man started asking many questions about Christian Science and how I practiced it. I was answering questions until lunchtime! Then the conversation picked up after lunch and went on. It lasted a good portion of the day. …

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