"Take time to be holy"

The words "take time to be holy" Hymn by William Longstaff, The Methodist Hymnal, 1932 Edition, No. 251 sang through my thinking as I awakened one morning. Over and over the fragment of a hymn unremembered since childhood repeated itself. How impractical the command seemed! The schedule for the day was unusually heavy. Indeed, I felt burdened just thinking of what had to be done. There seemed no time for holy things, even for my usual hour of prayer and study of the Lesson-Sermon in the Christian Science Quarterly.

However, as I thoughtfully pondered the refrain, I understood that such messages are God-sent to bless us. So instead of rushing immediately to the first task at hand, I paused to listen, to take time to commune with God. I carefully studied the lesson. I affirmed my unity with God. I denied that mortal mind dictated the modes of my action. I listened for divine Mind's guidance. I realized that spiritual sense and holiness are inseparable and that, in Mrs. Eddy's words, "spiritual sense is a conscious, constant capacity to understand God." Science and Health,p. 209

Blessings resulted. The work load was lightened. No burden! I was joyous and lighthearted as I completed every necessary task. I did the wash, cared for a baby, made important decisions, dispatched business papers, ran errands. And as I worked, I continued to listen for God's messages of direction and inspiration.

October 12, 1968

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