Are you a chicken or a Christian?

Don't be afraid to love your neighbor.

It was A terrible argument, punctuated with obscenities and steadily increasing in volume. When I first arrived, the couple arguing were in a car several spaces from mine. But while their altercation became more heated, people who had parked their cars in between us returned and drove away. Soon I had a front-row seat.

We were in a parking lot overlooking the beach where I had come that beautiful sunny day to spend some quiet time reading the Bible and Christian Science literature. I had scarcely opened my books before the commotion began, and it was very difficult to concentrate. First, I was annoyed. What had I done to deserve this? Then I looked more closely at my Christian Science Quarterly. The topic of the Bible Lesson that week was "Christian Science." Clearly, the spiritual truths I had learned in Christian Science were needed in this situation, and although I'd had other plans for my precious hour of study time, I decided that this was an important opportunity to pray.

I affirmed that God, divine Love, is ever present and that He made everyone in His own image and likeness. So, all reality is spiritual, even though the material senses suggest otherwise. No matter where I was or who was involved, all that was really happening was spiritual, the expression of God, good. I turned away from the physical senses and endeavored to discern what spiritual sense was showing me: that only good could ever be present or actual.

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November 9, 1998

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