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Our direct connection with God

Once, a manager asked me to make an organizational chart for every position in the company I worked for at the time. This manager was a former military officer, and his request took me back to my basic training days in the Army, where we had to memorize the chain of command.

Shut the door on evil!

Closing the door on a mistaken concept of ourselves is an essential element of Christian healing. In the Bible we read, “Put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and … put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” ( Ephesians 4:22–24 ).

On the web

Christian Science Sentinel—Audio Chat Satisfaction: What does your spiritual identity have to do with it? with Kari Mashos Kari addresses questions such as: How can I stop feeling alone and unable? How can I find satisfaction when it seems it is tied up with a person’s social and economic situation and I am lacking in both?   for more, visit: sentinel. christianscience.

Finding greater certainty

The December 1 “Monitor’s View” on CSmonitor. com, “Spotting the inviolate in oil price volatility,” got me thinking not only about the uncertainty relating to oil price fluctuations—and how they affect people and nations—but about how to experience certainty in an unstable world.

Let’s be good porters!

Do you know what a castle looks like? Some castles were built with moats of water and drawbridges. Many others had a big locked-and-barred door.

Ready to rely on God’s guidance

When my husband and I each had applied to the same Christian Science teacher to take Primary class instruction in Christian Science, neither of us knew of the other’s application. But we were both accepted to the class, and so we made our plans to attend.

Hold thy gaze to the light

       Hold thy gaze to the light, and the iris of faith, more beautiful than the rainbow seen from  my window at the close of a balmy autumnal day,        will span thy heavens of thought. —Mary Baker Eddy, Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p.

What we owe to our children

When my first grandchild was three months old, I had the pleasure of taking care of him for about ten days. I had forgotten what it was like to be immersed in caring for such a pure and precious child, whom I knew to be truly an idea of God.

Reading and studying: a spiritual adventure

Once I was working as an editor with a writer who despaired over the prospect of naming the title of a book in an article he was writing. He didn’t want to encourage anyone to read that book.

Nurturing morality

This past year I found myself becoming increasingly concerned about the lack of morality in society in general. I knew I really needed to pray about this issue when I heard a reporter on national television begin a statement with “Since morals don’t matter anymore ….