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THE TRULY CLEAN SLATE
independence day , which Americans, have just celebrated, recognizes July 4, 1776, one of the seminal dates in the birth of the United States of America. The culmination of that birth came 11 years later in Philadelphia, when "the framers" met to draft the US Constitution. This document enshrined many of the principles of government that had been theorized upon but not yet put into practice in any major way. What made this possible was the fact that a new nation was being formed—the slate indeed was clean, and the framers didn't need to graft their ideas onto something old.
Something akin to this process can happen in individual lives when one adopts a spiritual way of thinking. When we begin to see ourselves as the children of God, as perfect representatives of all that is Godlike, the limitations of one's former sense of identity begin to drop away. In each one of us, God expresses the intelligence of infinite Mind, and the liveliness and vivacity of the divine Life—two of the synonyms that the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, gives for God. Since God is also divine Love, we begin to see that not only are we cared for, but that God has the same relationship to all His creation. Thus we begin to expect and to experience more harmony in our relationships with others, whether they are those intimate family relationships or the broader ones of business and social life.
About the author
Richard Nenneman is a former editor-in-chief of The Christian Science Monitor.
with contributions from ROBIN PRYOR, MARGARETE HOLENDA, CAROLYN HILL, BEVERLY J. LARSON, SHIRLEY PLOUGHMAN
'The peace that passeth all understanding'—right now
MARILYN JONES, SENIOR WRITER
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Kate Kellaway
Wiping the slate clean
By Margaret Rogers
'Beauty for ashes of the vanished years'
By Tony Lobl
I got a 'next time'
By Evan Mehlenbacher
LOOKING FOR YOUR DREAM HOME?
By Beverly Peake
LIFE GOES ON
By Marlene Chatterton
WINNOWING BREEZE OF SPIRIT
JUST KEEP CLIMBING
DANCING IN THE STREET
FOCUS ON GOD, NOT ON THE RECORD BOOKS
THE TRULY CLEAN SLATE
LUNG CONDITION DISAPPEARS QUICKLY THROUGH PRAYER
FEAR AND PAIN HEALED
'NOTHING COULD HINDER MY PROGRESS'
PATRICIA SEBASTIAN HULBER