The following was written in support of Church Alive, a focus of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, that explores the meaning and possibilities of awakening to the spiritual basis and impact of Church. 

Church alive – and kicking!

A young professional soccer player used to attend our church. The way in which he ran with purpose, all over the field, making sure the ball did not get past him, was impressive. I admired his unselfish contributions to the success of the team. His constant training, dedication, and cooperation had been critical to our team’s championship season. He stayed focused, even when members from the opposing team tried to distract him or trip him up. He maintained that focus, even when he seemed outnumbered, or when the ball repeatedly came back into his territory.

I equate his efforts, as a defender focusing on the ball, with the way a Christian Scientist handles their own thought. If thoughts involving anger, fear, or self-righteousness approach you from the wrong direction, then you can stop that “attack,” and correct it by steering your thought in the right direction.

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