Who or what is the enemy?

Huge snowflakes were falling through the frigid night air and reflecting the bright lights that lit up the Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral. My wife and I had been invited by the Russian government to participate in an international educational symposium. And there we were standing in Moscow's Red Square having our picture taken with a Russian guard.

Another member of our group commented, "How can anyone behold the beauty and wonder of this moment and not acknowledge the presence of God?" As I drank in the special nature of that moment and pondered this display of friendship—especially with a citizen of a nation considered a political enemy for so many decades—I was reminded of the incisive questions Mary Baker Eddy asks in an article that appears in her book Miscellaneous Writings. "Who is thine enemy," she says, "that thou shouldst love him? Is it a creature or a thing outside thine own creation?" (P.8).

In next week's SENTINEL
March 20, 1995

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