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RECLAIMING THE PAST
I suspect that at one point or another in our lives, most of us have worried about time that we feel has been lost because of regrettable decisions, baggage from earlier years, or simply a string of unforeseen events. Where's the "rewind and erase" button when we want to fix something in the past?
Fortunately, there is a spiritual solution that goes far beyond wishful thinking. In this issue of the Sentinel, we'll take a spiritual look at the idea of restoring lost years, or what are referred to in the Bible as "the years that the locust hath eaten" (Joel 2:25). Each of the articles in our lead section explores a different facet of divine restoration. Evan Mehlenbacher writes how God, divine Love, continuously refreshes and renews our lives and dissolves thoughts of "if only...." He says, "Real estate values fluctuate, job markets change, and relationships shift, but our capacity to live with balance and contentment, finding joy in the riches of Spirit, never wavers or wanes" (p.9). Curt Edge writes about how his prayer on the subject of forgiveness enabled him to overcome the scars of abuse from his childhood. And Suzanne Goewert talks about how prayer brought personal and financial restoration to her and her husband after a long period of debt, unstable employment, and uncertainty about the future.
We hope this issue inspires you to think more deeply about the concept of "lost years." It's comforting to know that a clear understanding of God reveals that good has indeed been unfolding all along, without interruption, for each one of us.
Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.
with contributions from ELEANOR CARTWRIGHT, CINDY SMITH MARTHALER, BEVERLY JACOBSEN, ANNA WILLIS, PAT GATES
RECLAIMING THE PAST
JEFF WARD-BAILEY, STAFF EDITOR
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Tobi Cohen
A NEW CROP OF BLESSINGS
BY EVAN MEHLENBACHER
FORGIVING MY WAY OUT OF ABUSE
BY CURTIS EDGE
DEBTS REPAID, LIVES RESTORED
BY SUZANNE GOEWERT
A spiritual view of fish farming
BY HEATHER BEDSAUL
105-MILE HIKE MY SPIRITUAL TRAVELOGUE
BY EMILY STEPHENSON
READERS' RESPONSES TO LETTER FROM THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS TO THE NEW YORK TIMES
with contributions from ROZ GUTELIUS, DAVID A. LOPEZ, JOAN ATKINSON, SALLY KINDRICK EKKENS, CHRISTIANE SMITH, DAVID D. BROWN
SILENCING SERPENT TALK
WELCOME ON YOUR LOVE-DAY
LISTENING TO OUR TRUE PARENT
A RETURN TO BALANCE
OUR CHILDREN'S HEALINGS
THROAT INFECTION AND SHINGLES HEALED
QUICK HEALING OF COLD SYMPTOMS