Back in March of 2013, I wrote a blog post titled, "What you think is not always what you think." It was picked up today by The Christian Science Monitor and published on their site. I hope you will have another look at it, and enjoy exploring the rest of the newspaper while you are there.
In fact, if you haven't seen it, I recommend that you read the article "Reporting the news with a mission to heal" by the Editor, Marshall Ingwerson. Here is an excerpt:
"We have a bias, and we’re owning it. It’s a bias for healing.
"The founder of the Monitor, Mary Baker Eddy, launched it as a daily newspaper with the object 'to injure no man, but to bless all mankind.' That 'all mankind' part doesn’t exclude anyone, anywhere...
"The fundamentally – but not exclusively – Christian aspect of the Monitor’s mission lies in caring about others. The Monitor assumes its readers are people who care, who want to care, regardless of their religious or political mindset. Nothing is more fundamental to Christianity than love, than caring. One of the two great commandments Jesus cited is to love our neighbors as ourselves. And he made clear that our neighbors were not just the people living next door. Our neighbors are everyone who crosses our path or enters our consciousness.
"And caring about our neighbors begins with knowing something about them – how they’re doing, what they need, what their challenges are..."
"Mrs. Eddy believed healing was possible. More than that, she believed it was inevitable. “[P]rogress is the law of God ... ,” she wrote in her seminal work, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” (p. 233).
Therein lies the Monitor’s fundamental optimism. That’s our other bias. It’s not about avoiding or playing down bad news. We believe bad news needs to be surfaced, addressed, and understood more deeply. But we’re looking for progress. We’re progress-minded. We believe that healing is inevitable and that eventually it will surface – in the news.;;"
I hope they forgive the long excerpt. I hope you will be moved to go read their full post. I am pretty proud to have a paper with such a mission ask to publish one of mine.
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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