Impeachment. Saber rattling. Partisanship. Division. Disunity. Disrespect.
Politics and the world situation looks hopeless at times. “But why should we stand aghast at nothingness?” the book Science and Health reminds us.
Instead, let’s rest our thoughts on something better that can contribute worthwhile energy to this scene. Here are some ways to envelope the mental atmosphere of our country and of the world in Love as events unfold. We can refuse to react to the ugly images portrayed of men and women in opposition with each other, and instead, see one Mind in charge and one man in action. Spiritual logic states that if two statements are contradictory and one is true, the other is false. We cannot believe both evil and good to be the ultimate governing power in God’s creation. We cannot believe both one Mind and many minds to be governing. Let us lend the weight of our thought to the side of justice, honor, goodness, harmony, divine Principle and divine peace.
“Human sense may well marvel at discord, while, to a diviner sense, harmony is the real and discord the unreal.” (SH 563:1–2)
“One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils 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. (SH 340:23)
“In Science, divine Love alone governs man” (Man. 40:7–11)
“Christian Science reveals Truth and Love as the motive-powers of man.” (SH 490:6–8)
“Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.”(SH 261:4)
1. “Eternal Mind the Potter is, / And thought th’ eternal clay: / The hand that fashions is divine, / His works pass not away. / Man is the noblest work of God, / His beauty, power and grace, / Immortal; perfect as his Mind / Reflected face to face.
2. God could not make imperfect man / His model infinite; / Unhallowed thought He could not plan, / Love’s work and Love must fit. / Life, Truth and Love the pattern make, / Christ is the perfect heir; / The clouds of sense roll back, and show / The form divinely fair.
3. God’s will is done; His kingdom come; / The Potter’s work is plain. / The longing to be good and true / Has brought the light again. / And man does stand as God’s own child, / The image of His love. / Let gladness ring from every tongue, / And heaven and earth approve.
From a testimony in Science and Health:
“I learned that the infinite good is the one Friend upon whom we can call at all times, an all-powerful, ever-present help in every time of trouble; that His children are really governed in peace and harmony by spiritual law, and as the right understanding of it is gained, the other things soon follow, bringing a peace the human concept can never know.” (SH 695:13)
These quotes are by Mary Baker Eddy, except the last one which is a testimonial from a reader of the book Science and Health with key to the Scriptures. The poem is by Mary Alice Dayton.