Face the storm

In some ways, material life offers a certain kind of ease. Certainly, individuals and societies must cope with challenges—inflation, crime, international tension. But mortal existence provides an array of little material shelters we can burrow into as a protection from stormy circumstances.

Whether difficulties involve health problems or inadequate income, fear or injustice, people retreat from the aggressions of materiality into what they hope will be more benign or perhaps safer forms of materiality. But the problem, of course, is that as long as mortal concepts appear to give us comfort, we'll not want to leave them behind. And we must begin relinquishing mortal concepts if we are to worship one God, immortal Spirit. A material sense of existence wants to be left alone. It wants to smooth over disruptions and keep things as undisturbed as possible.

Christian Science doesn't promise us that every difficulty will always be avoided. In fact, the very effect of divine Science is often to stir up the waters of life to disturb self-satisfied attitudes, apathy, stagnation.

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The way of worship
December 1, 1980

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