With a new month comes a new focus for our Spiritual Goal for the year. For May, we will study the second phrase of the citation from page 340 in Science and Health with key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy,
“One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfills the Scripture, “Love thy neighbor as thyself;” annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry,--whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.”
Our First Reader, Pam Dickson, will share readings on this topic on the fourth Wednesday of this month, May 27. Come and share your inspirations at the Wednesday services or share on our website, ChristianScienceFortCollins.com, by jotting Steve Knox an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or a note on a piece of paper, and he will post your idea. That way we will have all of our ideas in one area for us to refer. We can also participate in a back and forth conversation if desired.
STORY TIME to get you started:
As Durl and I listened online to the inspiring Wednesday evening readings at the end of April by Pam Dickson on the thought, “One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations,” I was thinking ahead to our new focus listed above, “One infinite God, good. . . constitutes the brotherhood of man.”
At the time, I was praying about a lost piece of luggage that our son had left on the jet way of a recent flight without receiving a baggage claim number and without any personal identification on the luggage since it had always been a carry on for him. Our son was upset about this situation and did not think it very likely that he would see his suitcase again.
At the Wednesday service, it dawned on me that because of God’s goodness, oneness, and ever-presence, all of God’s ideas work together for the satisfaction of us all. As I thought about what brotherhood is, I recalled one of my favorite citations from the Bible, but rephrased by Mrs. Eddy, “. . . blessed is that man who seeth his brother’s need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another’s good.” (p. 518). I denied again the belief that any of God’s ideas could be inept, careless, uncaring, or possibly dishonest. I also denied the belief of hopelessness, knowing that right now we are each a complete idea and that nothing can be lost in God’s kingdom. I felt at peace that those airline employees were actively, lovingly, faithfully looking for that suitcase in order to return to our son what rightfully belonged to him.
Of course there is a happy ending to this story. Sometime during church, in fact, right about when I felt at peace, our son texted me to say that his suitcase had been located in a totally different city than he had traveled to, and the airline was in the process of sending it to him. I was so grateful for God’s allness and for the airline employees who were “about God’s business.”
Now I am more excited than ever for our new Spiritual Goal focus and how it can help us to view our “brothers and sisters” as God truly made them. This view really does reveal harmony and the power of Love.