Coined from three Greek words meaning "beauty", "visible form", and "to examine", Sir David Brewster came up with the word kaleidoscope to describe his new light-reflecting invention in 1817. Initially intended as a science tool, the kaleidoscope was later copied as a toy. It proved to be a massive success. When first manufactured, over two hundred thousand were sold in Paris and London in the first three months. Today kaleidoscopes are still mass produced as inexpensive toys for children, but as works of art, kaleidoscopes also can be found in craft galleries and specialty shops around the world.
What I love about a kaleidoscope is that no matter how often you look into one, the view is never the same. There is always some new combination of color and light exposed with just the slightest adjustment of the reflective mirrors' angle. I can't resist picking mine up and taking another look.
Yesterday's post talked about the Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount as being like a kaleidoscope. It's true that, every time we take them up for consideration in a fresh light, there are infinite views of blessedness to be discovered in Jesus' insights into God's goodness as it is reflected in us.
You are blessed. The first 5 beatitudes bring out the receptivity, consistency, meekness, satisfaction and unselfed love that God expresses in His creation. (See yesterday's post). Each of Jesus' ten statements on blessedness affirms some aspect of spiritual identity and answers a question about what it means to be blessed.
6. What keeps you safe? Your pure heart that sees God's attributes expressed in yourself and others as spiritual qualities. "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." Purity and innocence are spiritual strengths derived from Principle, Love. The pure heart - pure motives, joys, desires - is the strong heart. Blessed are ye pure – for you see God, Spirit, Principle expressed everywhere. YOU ARE BLESSED.
7. What is your mission? Jesus said, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." (John 12:32 ) "Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God." We don’t go out into the world to cope with problems, but to awaken ourselves and the world to blessedness. Living your spirituality, you draw others to an awareness of the infinite Good, God. This helps them to know, feel, understand and practice blessedness, too. Peacemakers live in blessedness that begets blessedness. Paul wrote, “Let that mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” One interpretation of that text is, “See yourself the way Christ Jesus saw himself.” See the effectiveness of your expression of spirituality in the world. YOU ARE BLESSED.
8. How do you fulfill your mission? Blessed are they that aren't afraid of resistance to good. "Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Be good for goodness' sake, not for comfort's sake. One blessing of "persecution for righteousness' sake" is that nothing gets you to clarify your vision of who you are and what you are about like a challenge does. Keep your focus. Yours is a high goal. Yours is the kingdom of heaven, the consciousness of harmony that isn't dependent on human comfort. Blessed are they who are willing to put good sweat-effort into expressing good. YOU ARE BLESSED.
9. And when things get tough? They probably will. Persist. (This is my favorite) "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, ans shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake." Reviled AND persecuted AND they are saying all manner of evil against you falsely for the sake of the Christ you express? Well, now you are likely getting somewhere! Science and Health states, "The divine must overcome the human at every point. The Science Jesus taught and lived must triumph over all material beliefs about life, substance, and intelligence, and the multitudinous errors growing from such beliefs." It's the cross. It's the job. Take it up. Work hard for that crown. Persist. YOU ARE BLESSED.
10. "Rejoice! and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." And there you have it. You are blessed by the good company you keep. Companioning with blessedness, you feel the blessing. And you are in good company. You are surrounded by examples, by angels, by proofs of the triumph of spiritual power over material resistance. Everyday brings more evidence of God's care. Rejoicing - being grateful for the blessings you see and embracing new blessings with joy - brings a sure reward. YOU ARE BLESSED!
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I have practiced Christian Science professionally in
some form since 1979.
But my journey with
Christian Science started
in a Sunday school
where as a young child
I was taught the Scriptures and some simple basics
of Jesus' method of
scientific Christian healing.
A significant experience
at the age of twelve
opened my eyes to
the great potential
of this practice.
After impaling my foot
on a nail,
I prayed the way I had learned
in Sunday school.
the pain stopped
and healing began.
By the next morning the wound had disappeared completely.
the great potential
of Christian Science,
there would be no