The 'balm,' not the bomb

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During the decades I have spent running a business in California, I have often prayed for the “deep-settled calm” Sentinel founder Mary Baker Eddy spoke of in her Message to The Mother Church for 1902. Commenting on Jesus’ invitation to the “burdened and weary” to come to him, she said: “O glorious hope! there remaineth a rest for the righteous, a rest in Christ, a peace in Love. The thought of it stills complaint; the heaving surf of life’s troubled sea foams itself away, and underneath is a deep-settled calm” (p. 19).

How many of us have longed for that calm in the face of life’s simmering challenges! All too often when busy people enter a room, tension, political debate, manipulation, or human will monopolize the room’s energy. It’s as though someone’s brought in a mental bomb primed to explode.

However, most of us know people whose influence has the opposite effect. When they are present, things calm down, everyone relaxes, and a peaceful and cooperative atmosphere is established. It’s as though they carry with them a soothing and comforting balm.

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