Our Children, Our Compassion

Whenever I hear patients describing how unsure or fearful or confused they feel about what to think or do in a situation, I turn to prayer – and what I do know: There is one God, one Father-Mother Love of all Her children, and Her children are inseparable from this divine and unconditional Love; this all-powerful Love embraces me, my patients and everyone in whatever is the situation. The spiritual clarity and conviction in this prayer always reveals the next practical thought and action.

The crises at the US border and in Central America, as well as the violence in Africa and the Middle East, are heartbreaking as it is indisputable how raging fear and hatred impact the children. In my experience, only prayer that affirms the all-knowing, all-loving, ever-present and active One can effectively break the hatred and dial down fear so that practical, compassionate actions that bless all concerned may be revealed. The post below from a year ago was written to affirm the importance of daily nurturing the world’s children in our most tender prayers. Now, more than ever, these prayers are needed.

Our Children, Our Treasures 

 “Ah, children, you are the bulwarks of freedom, the cement of society, the hope of our race!” Mary Baker Eddy 

What a promise this is to the entire human race – to our children and to ourselves. Many countries acknowledge a Children’s Day observation during the month of June (the United Nations in November) for the purpose of promoting the welfare of the world’s children.

What, then, is our responsibility to care for the treasure that is our children…to nurture them to full promise? In the last several months in the US there have been weather and man-made disasters that have put our children in harm’s way. For this year’s Children’s Day might we ask ourselves are we doing enough to keep them safe?

Many years ago I was an activist in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. It was clear to me then, as it is now, that children must have adult advocates to keep them safe and to maintain their natural purity and innocence. In this way, I felt, we adults would be redeeming a bit of our own natural childlikeness and innocence. Because how we cherish our children speaks volumes about how we value ourselves, hence the quality of our entire society…and the expectations for our future. 

When I became a spiritual healer, Jesus’ love of children was an example to me. “Jesus loved little children because of their freedom from wrong and their receptiveness of right.” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health) Early in my public speaking days I gave talks on spirituality under the title of “Who’s Caring for America’s Children?”

As an advocate for the spiritual and physical wellbeing of my patients, a special place remains in my heart for the care of children. 

Whenever I am asked to provide healing support of a child, it becomes the focus of my spiritual practice. All my metaphysical prayer stands behind and in defense of that priority. My prayers affirm the little one’s untouched and unchanged pure and perfect being as the loved child of the Father-Mother All. I know with my whole heart that the child’s entire being is not vulnerable, weak or at-risk, but rather strong, protected, and aligned with spiritual power. This is the spiritual power that is always, only Love. Anything unlike Love must fall before it. I stand firmly with my prayer until the material picture is transformed, the threat is passed, and harmony and healing are evident.

In honor of Children’s Day – which is every day to me – I am standing with children as my spiritual priority and my profound hope for society. Shall we all stand together for this great treasure?

We are not powerless to resist the despotic influences that would try to prevent us from performing our highest right and most cherished duty: to affirm and protect the life and innocence of every child. As we do this, we are on the side of the angels – God’s children.

All the children of the world deserve our spiritual priority. Not only will they feel the effect of our deepest prayers, so will those who ask for guidance in putting into practice reasonable and effective safeguards.

When we pray knowing our children truly are the hope of the race, we will care for them as the treasures they are.

Foundations of Freedom – for all!

Dear friends, I want to share just a few of the many heartfelt responses I have received so far from the “Foundations of Freedom: Healing for Detroit”  lecture and children’s gospel choir event recently. Many of you, I know, have been standing with the citizens of Detroit in prayer and healing expectation since my first post a few weeks ago. Here is a message I received several days before the event from a friend in Boston: 

“I stand with Detroit and her citizens and with you…it bears fruit in me as, by your example, I have adjusted my image of Detroit to spiritual perfection. I am knowing that many others will do the same as they…feel the effect of our prayers.”

The morning of the event, one of the volunteers said her first thought was, “Today Detroit will be feeling more of God’s mothering love.” What a great way to start the day! How can all of Detroit not feel the spiritual lift of universal divine care and guidance? How can the city not feel all the prayers from spiritual pray-ers located around the world?!

Before the program began, I spoke with a woman who had come with her two young children. I asked what had brought her? She replied that she’d seen the name of the book, Science and Health, on the ad for the lecture and she wanted to come and learn more about it. “I came to get my copy. God just told me to come today.” Over 200 gift copies of Mary Baker Eddy’s book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures were taken.

Without a doubt, I know from my own experience that the healing message in this book will touch each one’s heart – and radiate out to embrace their family and community.

More conversations:

  • A high-ranking Detroit city official attended. He stayed for the entire program and upon leaving said, “When you do another talk like this, let me know!”
  • A woman said she’d come to see her grandson sing in the choir but, “I got so much more. It was like the holiest day ever!”  Another said, “This is just what we needed.”
  • And another woman said, “Today, after this lecture, you have made me feel we are standing beside each other. Not some folks, in front of me, pulling me forward. We are locked arm in arm.” Another said, “I feel so different about Detroit after this talk. This is our city.”

There have been many stories shared of  ‘reconnections’ – between friends, neighbors, school students and teachers, and church members of many faiths. They came together for this holiest of purposes, to acknowledge the omnipotence of Truth to lead the way to spiritual freedom and vitality, and to show their love for one another by praying for the renewed health of their community.

“…ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (KJV Bible, John 8:32)

One of the attendees told of his journey to the event – a journey that has taken many years. Decades ago, he and his wife thrived in Detroit and raised their family there. They watched the city decline and their own neighborhood deteriorate…and neighbors leave. At one point, they organized a “neighborhood watch” group that helped maintain security for awhile. But finally, with deep sadness, they felt they had to move. They were the second to last of their friends and neighbors to leave.

Lately, he had been having some trouble getting around and driving and hasn’t been able to leave the house very often. When he heard about the lecture in Detroit, he knew he had to be there. He felt like it was a wake up call, and he anticipated this event with such joy and love for the city.

The day came and he was able to attend. He felt he had forgotten to really pray for this Detroit he had always loved. Now he knows what he can do. And he was so very grateful to have participated in this community effort to take a stand for love and freedom for Detroit.

Spiritual healers: Wherever you are, whatever community you live in, whatever circumstance you are facing, you stand on the foundations of spiritual freedom in your prayers.

“…whatever blesses one blesses all…” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health)

Standing with Detroit

A friend and famous sculptor, Marshall Fredericks, created the landmark larger-than-life bronze statue “Spirit of Detroit.” Engraved in the stone wall behind the statue is this inscription from 2 Corinthians:

“Now the Lord is that Spirit:

and where the Spirit of the

Lord is, there is liberty.”

A plaque in front of the sculpture bears the inscription, “The artist expresses the concept that God, through the spirit of man is manifested in the family, the noblest human relationship.”

This weekend I will be standing with all in Detroit.


Our Father

This Father’s Day weekend (celebrated in over 50 countries!), I find myself thinking about all the fathers in the world and what unites them, regardless of nationality or culture.

With the incessant news today about the horrors of wars and tragedies at home and around the globe, it seems to me even more important — actually compelling! — that I pray to understand that all humanity from a spiritual perspective is truly embraced and cherished in the family of man by the Father and Mother of us all, divine Love.

So from this perspective, what binds all fathers — and mothers and children and families — are the inherent qualities shared and expressed. These are soul-filled qualities, originating from the Divine and never lost, taken away, or destroyed. Never. No matter what the human condition might present. 

As I watch the news and hear the stories of fathers talking about their children in the midst of suffering I see courageous honesty and principle, enduring and unrelenting love, rock-solid trust and patience, and the strong arms of comfort and compassion — from them and around them.

This may be a challenge, to strive to see and proclaim the inherent good right in the face of tragedies, but if one has decided to be a ‘helper-healer’ for a community and a world, I think this is the demand of our time. The premise, without question, is that all children of the Divine are loved…and loving.

Support for the helper-healer’s prayerful work can be found in the Bible, beginning with two words — two — that are so powerful, so comforting, they have healed humanity for two millennia:

“Our Father…”

So begins this prayer from Christ Jesus to his followers for all time, a prayer that describes and affirms the universal, impartial, and unconditional love of God for all His children. Whatever individual hurt or pain one may experience, the prayer that heals demands that one include, right from the start, all humanity in the affirmation of unchanging healing love! 

Christ Jesus also offers a parable describing this kind of unconditional love in the story of The Prodigal Son. In a recent post I talked about the lessons from the son’s perspective. What is also powerful and deeply meaningful is to view the parable from the father’s perspective. In fact, this story is often called “The Parable of the Loving Father.”

While the son wanders far from home and loses everything he thinks is of value, the father remains at home base, steadfast, patient, loving, trusting, no matter what. When the son returns, hoping for a place to work and just be in the vicinity of his former home of comfort, his father — Our Father! — runs to embrace his precious son and restores him to a place of honor in his never ever lost home. This is immediate — there is no delay, no trial period or doubt, no judgment, no blame. Only forgiving, healing love.

This is such an important lesson from the father for each of us. When the older son could not understand how the father could ignore all the mistakes of the younger son, the father turns to him with the same unconditional, steadfast, patient, enduring love:

“…Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.”

What grace, what assurance, what abundance from the father! This promise and blessing is for the entire family of man from our Father.

May you all have a happy and blessed Father’s Day!

I [heart] Detroit!

There is a tender, grateful spot in my heart for Detroit. My husband and I loved our life there. We worked there, we volunteered for community groups, and our kids were raised there. That’s not all: Detroit is where I experienced a complete healing from a near-fatal car accident through spiritual prayer alone – which changed the purpose and course of my life. (Click here for the healing account.)

In a way, I feel like I was “born anew” in Detroit after that spiritual experience many years ago. It taught me that I had to choose to believe that divine Life was more powerful than death, and that I – as the beloved child of the Divine – was at that moment and forever the whole expression of thriving, active, living Life. I had to choose the love of Life, not death, in order to live.

My “Detroit Life Lessons” have particular meaning for me now, with news reports of the city decaying and working hard to find a solid foundation in order to move forward. Detroit has declared bankruptcy – usually the very last option for struggling individuals and communities because it is the declaration of failure and expresses the belief that there is nothing more that can be done without drastic changes.

For me, Detroit represents living, creative, vital communities of families, businesses, churches, and schools that have not failed – but now are impacted adversely by this ‘declaration of failure.’

And yet – everything in my experience and my prayers tells me that to accept failure as a starting point for progress is like looking through the wrong end of a telescope in order to see where you need to go. Making the view smaller and farther away limits the scope when instead the perspective needs to be expanded and brought closer for more clarity. I think a spiritual perspective can help provide a wider view and reveal more helpful ideas.

Rather than declare failure, we should declare freedom, spiritual freedom that guarantees ongoing creativity, harmony, productivity, vitality, life. This freedom is inherent in individuals because it is bestowed by the source of all good, divine Life and Love. It is expressed where all citizens gather, in neighborhoods, communities, and cities in the endeavor to be better, to help each other, to build a future. Detroit has done this before: for most of the 20th century Detroit led the world in innovation and productivity!

The spiritual freedom to express unlimited creativity is a constant force for good and unconditional blessing. It is not a finite amount, carved up and meted out to a specific person, place or time. It is a life-giving force that expands and never diminishes, demands progress and never falters, leads the movement of creative thought onward to reinforce active, growing and bestowing Life. Every prayer that affirms this spiritual fact has immediate access to the Source of unlimited creative ideas. Imagine whole communities praying from this starting point!

“God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies. Never ask for tomorrow: it is enough that divine Love is an ever-present help; and if you wait, never doubting, you will have all you need every moment.” (Mary Baker Eddy

Those many years ago when I was lying in my crushed car on Woodward Avenue, frequently I felt like going to sleep, fading into unconsciousness, giving up. But there were moments of absolute clarity when I prayed, “God is my life and I am inseparable from this life!” This conviction, I believe, came at several life-or-death moments in the next few weeks and made all the difference in my eventual healing. I was, with that conviction, born anew.

There is no doubt that Detroit needs to “start anew,” to have a clean slate and a fresh outlook on how to provide an improved quality of life for its citizens, pay its financial obligations and move forward. These are not mutually exclusive objectives with a winner-loser or loser-bigger loser. These objectives are principled and inclusive, showing a spiritual foundation of strength in righteousness, not fear, and abundance for all, not lack or loss.

Best of all, cherishing these objectives is a way to expect freedom, not failure…to express Life, not death.

Calling all spiritual healers: let’s not be lulled into an acceptance of failure or death for Detroit. Instead, let’s mentally take our stand and prayerfully support those tasked with navigating Detroit through these stormy waters, and expect to see evidence of life – life expressed in principled ideas and good progress that embrace and bless all the citizens of Detroit.

Please join me, if you are in the Detroit area, for a free talk on “Foundations of Freedom: Healing for Detroit” and sharing of spiritual ideas.

Date and Time: June 21, 2:00pm

Location: C.H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E Warren Ave, Detroit 

For more information, go to www.HealingforDetroit.com

A Prayer for the Military

There are many reasons to appreciate Memorial Day weekend in the United States: it’s a welcome three-day holiday, it’s the unofficial beginning of summer, and for many, it’s a good excuse for a barbecue party (or ‘cook-out’ in New England) with friends and family.

In all the fun of the weekend, how about pausing in quiet reflection and deep gratitude for the real purpose of this day…to remember all those in military service who selflessly gave their lives for love of country. Let’s embrace their families in our prayers as well, because they need to feel especially the love from their grateful country in return.

It seems to me that our service men and women live to the fullest measure the second great commandment of Christ Jesus, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” In Science and Health, the book that has brought comfort and healing to generations of military families, author Mary Baker Eddy relates this biblical commandment to what our military is ultimately striving to do, to help eliminate injustice and create a foundation for peace:

“It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth and Love. Mankind will become perfect in proportion as this fact becomes apparent, war will cease and the true brotherhood of man will be established.”

So, on this Memorial Day I am praying with a video poem from spirituality .com of omnipresent protection for those who serve, and those who serve with them: 

A Prayer for the Military (click on this link) 

The Golden Rule of Mothering

I must admit, there are lots of pluses about social media in this day and age. Sure, it’s easy to see the minuses, but one of the overwhelming positives is when people share what is truly meaningful to them. I love that. 

These tweets or Facebook posts are usually very simple moments of every day life that resonate – maybe it’s a quote, a blog post or video that shows extraordinary acts of kindness that occur naturally, not for show. In a video for example, the true heart of the person – or even animal! – is captured, and the heart of all the observers is touched. Like a pebble in a pond, a single unconscious and selfless act radiates out to hundreds of thousands.

The stories that really move me – and I mean move me to tears! – are the examples of individuals being good neighbors to those who are in need, stepping in without hesitation, caring for each other, lifting each other up, going above and beyond the conventional response to make a meaningful difference in the other person’s life. It is as if they have unfailingly answered, “If I don’t, who will?”

To me, these examples give evidence of the Golden Rule in action – a practice specifically recommended and revered by enduring faith traditions and philosophies of the world. Christ Jesus, following Judaic law, stated that loving your neighbor as yourself is the second most important commandment to follow after the first commandment of loving God supremely and only, and in all ways. In fact, adhering to the second commandment is how one fulfills the first. That’s how important it is.

This weekend is Mother’s Day in the US, Canada, and Mexico, as well as over 50 other countries in the world. I like to think this day is much larger and deeper than honoring a loving parent – it is a symbol of unconditional love for your neighbor, regardless of family connection.

When you remove gender from ‘mother,’ the definition becomes all inclusive and the genuine mothering qualities become accessible to everyone. Therefore, ‘to mother’ is to care for or protect someone – anyone – as a loving mother would.

Think how uplifting your day can be by seeing your neighbor, mothering your neighbor, as the Father-Mother Love sees the neighbor: inherently spiritual, good, cared for, safe, free and loved.

In this way, your light shines because you are seeing the light in others. And whoever especially needs this touch, this embrace, will feel loved and lifted up from whatever is attempting to keep them down and suffering.

About a year ago, a powerful video was shared on Facebook that showed how one man cared so much about protecting and preserving the dignity of a stranger that he saved his life. It is a short documentary called Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge (click here for alternate link on YouTube), and the story is about Sergeant Kevin Briggs of the California Highway Patrol whose job includes persuading individuals not to jump from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

While this role may be in Sergeant Briggs’ job description, the comfort and hope he expresses, the light he shines, the mothering of his unconditional love comes from a power within, it seems to me. There is simply no judgment in his kindness, only care, respect, dignity. In fact, at the moment of choosing life or death, only this mother-love touched and saved a man’s life. And, as you will see from the video, this man’s life was truly changed for good. (For an epilogue, click here.

Wouldn’t you love to change someone’s life for the better, meet their need or even heal their pain and suffering? You can. Live the second commandment “…love thy neighbor as thyself,” let your light shine by seeing the light – the spiritual qualities – in your neighbors. Live your inherent mother-love and you will make a difference in someone’s life. It’s that important…it is a golden lesson for life!

We Will Run, We Will Rise

Last week I attended a private screening of the Boston Globe television documentary “5 Runners”, at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. The film profiles five 2013 Boston Marathon runners who were crossing the finish line when the first bomb exploded.

While their individual stories describe the impact of that event, the documentary focuses on what happened to them physically and emotionally in the many months that followed. After the film, there was a panel discussion with the filmmakers and one of the runners.

As I watched the film and listened to the personal stories move from grief and despair, to mental wrestling with fear and loss, and ultimately to overcoming physical and emotional trauma in order to run again, my heart soared with each individual triumph. Because ‘rise up’ is what our spirit compels us to do. With every daunting experience – our own or another’s – that gives evidence of one’s ability to overcome whatever the challenge, we all rise up a little bit higher. We all get closer to believing in the unquenchable spirit of eternal life.

This documentary is about life lessons, those moments of facing fears because you know you must. Deep in your very being, you know you can.

The coincidence this year of Easter Sunday leading into Marathon Monday is especially poignant to me. While sitting in the preview audience my thoughts rested on that world event of 2,000 years ago. Jesus alone, bearing the cross, struggling mightily with doubt, then being crucified, his followers shattered and scattered. But this is not what we cherish – rather it is the dawn of Easter day that we consecrate, the glorious resurrection, the joyful rising of Christ Jesus proclaiming the triumph of everlasting life over grief and death.

The life of Jesus – the unconditional love, the healing testimonies, the hatred overcome, the victory of spirit over matter! – shows the inseparability from his Father-Mother Love. Jesus’ life proves that the Divine embraces the human experience for each of us every step of the way.

This week, reflecting on the dedication of these five runners portrayed in the film, I thought how each one of us is on a singular journey – each one of us must face moments in life that call forth our divinely-bestowed courage, tenacity, perseverance, bravery and faith in order to accomplish something we never thought we could! We are all running a life-marathon and learning imperative and indispensable life lessons along the way. It’s how we overcome our feelings of loss, and our greatest doubts and fears. These are our personal resurrection moments…the relevance of Easter to each one of us.

In a letter to early Christians urging unrelenting devotion and faith regardless of challenges, St. Paul wrote

“…let us lay aside every weight, …and let us run with patience the race that is set before us…”

This coming Marathon Monday, let’s run with the families of the fallen, the recovering injured, the runners, and all of Boston and show how we have risen from the grief. What stands and remains is the healing balm of compassion, faith in good overcoming evil, and the victory of everlasting life.

Another Origin to Consider for Chronic Sufferers

Is chronic pain, chronic disease, chronic fatigue, chronic anything endless and hopeless?

The Institute of Medicine estimates that chronic pain affects roughly 100 million Americans, which is one-third of the entire population! Further, this affliction is identified as one of the main reasons that the use – and abuse – of pain relief medication is at an all-time high.

Unfortunately, the longer an individual takes the medication, the higher the dose required to gain some measure of relief…putting the sufferer at a greater and greater risk of addiction and overdosing.

When the perspective of life is limited to a material body, then there is a constant search for an origin or cause of the pain in the body. Fix the origin, you fix the pain. Unless, that is, the origin or cause can’t be found and there are no answers…all one can do is attempt to manage the pain.

A cycle of pain and increasing drug-taking with no end of pain in sight  can make one feel helpless, because the outcome appears hopeless.

If you or a friend feels the hopelessness of this kind of situation, here is another perspective that can provide relief: change the starting point of reasoning from a material to a spiritual basis. In other words, instead of focusing on the origin of chronic pain, consider the spiritual origin of who you are.

In this spiritual perspective, you are a spiritual being that is ever and always one with the divine Creator; you are inseparable from the comfort and peace of divine Love; every function of your being is healthy and harmonious, governed by divine Spirit. Nothing in you or about you can fall or fail or be disturbed or fatigued. Your being – your life! – is an unalterable whole of the one only Life.

This spiritual life isn’t a passive ‘duplicate’ of your current life waiting to kick in at a future time. This is your present being, and choosing to identify yourself as inseparable with the one Spirit is a present power that has total dominion NOW over every function of your body. Spirit governs the harmony and health of your body and eliminates anything unlike it.

The ‘fix’, then, for any pain or discomfort, is to change your perspective and begin to understand your spiritual origin. Whenever the questions come – ‘Why do I have this pain? Where did it come from? It has gone on for so long, when will it end? Will I ever be free?’ – this is a call to action to turn away from searching for the origin of pain in the body and instead turn your thoughts toward the divinely-impelled reasoning of your spiritual origin. In this consciousness, you are surrounded by an army of angels, those spiritual guides that illuminate your true heritage as inseparable from the harmony of health.

Under the marginal heading, Spiritual Origin, in the radical explanation of the science of being Science and Health, author Mary Baker Eddy states:

“…man is the offspring of Spirit. The beautiful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry…Spirit is his primitive and ultimate source of being…Life is the law of his being.”

A friend of mine recently told me of a healing of acute pain. She had just finished a lovely lunch with her brother, catching up on family activities. As they were walking to their car, her brother suddenly groaned and doubled over against a parking meter. “The pain…I cant go on! It must have been what I ate…or maybe what I ate this morning…oh I don’t know!”

My friend mentally turned to prayer and affirmed what she did know, that he was right at this moment the spiritual ideal of the one Source of all life, and that nothing could change this and separate him from this power. There couldn’t be any ’rogue’ bodily functions originating this pain with any separate power of their own…every single function is subservient to Spirit and, therefore, harmonious.

She quietly said to her brother, “I don’t believe that something so small as your stomach has the power to challenge the allness of the Creator, do you?” He looked up, a bit startled, then chuckled at the thought. And then a wave of relief. He was healed.

All of us are hard-wired to be one with the Creator. This is our spiritual origin. Chronic anything that attempts to separate us from this power is unnatural, powerless and eliminated.

Know God. Be better. Help others be better…That’s life.

Recent scholarship on how Americans think about the Divine is very revealing as there appear to be four distinct ‘definitions’ of God among believers. But even more surprising to the researchers is how these deeply-held definitions dramatically influence the way individuals think about and act on social and moral issues in society today.

Since 80% of Americans have no doubt that God exists (PEW Research 2012), getting a better understanding of the Divine influence on one’s individual thinking is pretty critical to the wellbeing of society as a whole.

In “America’s Four Gods: What We Say About God and What That Says About Us” the authors describe four types:

  • The Authoritative God—who is both engaged in the world and judgmental;
  • The Benevolent God—who loves and helps us in spite of our failings;
  • The Critical God—who catalogs our sins but does not punish them (at least not in this life);
  • The Distant God—who stands apart from the world He created.

The attributes of these four definitions are rooted in many of the Abrahamic-based religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. What is interesting to me is that the basic premise of each is how God negotiates the material world (and us) and the assumed evil in it.

How radical and progressive, then, is the definition of God as described by Mary Baker Eddy in her ground-breaking work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:

“God is…infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love…omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Being…The attributes of God are justice, mercy, wisdom, goodness, and so on.”

She also adds,

“…we have not as much authority for considering God masculine, as we have for considering Him feminine, for Love imparts the clearest idea of Deity. 

In fact, the entire book is revolutionary in how it describes who God is, who we are, and who we are in our forever and tender relationship with God. Having this understanding fosters healing – physically, morally, spiritually.

Eddy recognized what future scholars and authors would come to see, that what you believe about God tangibly influences your daily life. She courageously challenged thinkers of her time – and our time – to accept a wholly different view of God as,

  • Authority of Life – the Creator and consistent preserver of the all and only life that is spirit not matter, and has dominion over the material;
  • Unconditional Love – the Merciful, who guides and guards with the sole purpose of goodness, never evil, and embraces all of humanity;
  • All-knowing Wisdom – who is always just and never judgmental, because all God knows is what She creates, and all She creates is good, orderly, supremely logical;
  • All-present, Ever-active, All-powerful One – the very atmosphere of Spirit, allowing for no other atmosphere, the only operating and never passive influence in which we live and have our true being.

Eddy’s premise is that the more one knows the truth about God – she calls Her ‘Adorable One’ – the better one lives as love, and therefore the better one is able to help family, friends, and community. This is the purpose and meaning of a divinely-oriented life. What a contribution this woman has made to humanity!

In describing how to think and act each day, Eddy states:

“Jesus urged the commandment, ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me,’ which may be rendered: Thou shalt have no belief of Life as mortal, thou shalt not know evil, for there is one Life, – even God, good.”

Knowing this, living this, is your unique contribution to humanity.

Women’s History Month in March recognizes the contributions of women to events in history and their influence on contemporary society. The theme for this year is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment. Mary Baker Eddy has earned her place in this shining constellation of many stars. Science and Health is acknowledged by the Women’s National Book Association as one of the 75 books by women whose words have changed the world.

How are you contributing to your world today? Ask yourself, ‘What is influencing me? Am I knowing more about who God is and Her qualities and who I am as Her creation? Am I better expressing these qualities in how I think and act?’  Each day, consider a new attribute or quality of God – then embrace it for yourself and live it for others! It is the purpose and light of your life.

“Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.” (Job 22:21)