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Eye on the world: Healing a nation
In “After election, faith leaders seek spaces for healing” The Christian Science Monitor reports that as “part of a traditional post-election ritual of American democracy: a call for the country to step back from the partisan vitriol and demand the peaceful transition of power,” people from different faiths and congregations are coming together to heal the tears left by a divisive campaign season. “Throughout this week, both before and after the election of Mr. Trump as the nation’s 45th president, a number of faith leaders across the country had been planning services of healing and reconciliation, most citing the depth of the rancor and bitterness that had characterized much of the election.” This timely Monitor story highlights the need for healing, because while “protests continue to erupt, and despite the rituals of unity, some of the deep tensions within the campaign season have hardly begun to abate.” Every individual, not just political leaders, must seek to heal any rift in his or her experience by reaching across the divide and advocating for the civility and unity that characterizes the true fiber of a nation.
Ideas on this subject:
From the Bible:
Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:
“The scientific unity which exists between God and man must be wrought out in life-practice, and God’s will must be universally done.”
— Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 202
“God creates all forms of reality. His thoughts are spiritual realities. So-called mortal mind — being non-existent and consequently not within the range of immortal existence — could not by simulating deific power invert the divine creation, and afterwards recreate persons or things upon its own plane, since nothing exists beyond the range of all-inclusive infinity, in which and of which God is the sole creator. Mind, joyous in strength, dwells in the realm of Mind. Mind’s infinite ideas run and disport themselves. In humility they climb the heights of holiness.”
— Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 513–514
Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:
In “The individual and the model community”: “The question logically follows, Is there any way through which an individual today can so cultivate his spiritual sense that he can see such an ideal community and help to bring it about for the benefit of all mankind? Yes, there is a way.” And “Spiritual qualities of thought and action, which have their source in God, can be applied to the communities in which we live and work. They can correct and heal, not just for our own comfort and well-being, but for all in the community.”
In “Seeing man as Love’s image”: “One could not wish for a more stimulating experience than to behold in some measure the glorious and glorified man of God’s creating, the man our Leader [Mary Baker Eddy] has revealed as the expression of God’s being.” And “Man, the idea of Mind, is the expression of all of Mind’s qualities. Thus as the true nature of man, the compound idea of God, dawns upon human thought, we perceive that men express in ever greater degree the qualities of honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, loyalty, compassion, tenderness, thoughtfulness, consideration, strength, permanency, completeness, obedience, meekness, might, and so forth.”
The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.