Plugged in to Spirit

Stroll through a public space, and you quickly note the obvious. Not everyone physically present is mentally present. They are, in numbers that increase by the day, plugged in electronically to a virtual world that delivers an endless flood of information and entertainment. Plugged in electronically, but often mentally and emotionally unplugged from those around them. 

Is what people gain worth what they give up—in terms of the capacity to think deeply, for example? Maybe the call here is to put first things first. That does not mean quitting a world of electronic devices or depriving oneself of their obvious benefits. But it may mean, in a first-things-first endeavor, admitting our need for a stronger connection with what the Bible calls, “our Father.” Reinforcing one’s connectedness to God by prayerfully reaching out—this mental activity has a spiritual basis. One that underscores the sure and certain linkage we each have to God, to divine Love. One that helps strengthen bonds with family members, friends, and fellow workers.

Sentinel founder Mary Baker Eddy speaks of the divine link: “The real man being linked by Science to his Maker, mortals need only turn from sin and lose sight of mortal selfhood to find Christ, the real man and his relation to God, and to recognize the divine sonship” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 316).

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October 31, 2011

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