Progress for humanity

What always comes through to me when I read The Christian Science Monitor is a sense of the universal family of man. Whether I’m reading about places in the world where progress is taking place, or where there are severe challenges, I consistently feel this is one universal family that’s being written about, every member of which is loved by God and is ultimately embraced in the divine promise and purpose stated by Christ Jesus himself: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16, 17).

Christ’s salvation for everyone is deeply spiritual, deeply Christian. It calls all of us, whoever we are, to a transformation of our thoughts and a purification of the heart. But it has tangible, outward effects as well—first and foremost of which is Christian healing.

Mary Baker Eddy’s discovery of Christian Science brought a widespread renewal of Christian healing and reintroduced the hope of freedom that Jesus proved belongs to each of us as children of God—as the offspring, the expression, of Spirit. My family tells of my great-grandfather’s healing of lead poisoning in one visit to a Christian Science practitioner. He had such difficulty walking that his two young sons had to pull him in a small wagon to the trolley station, where he was assisted aboard the trolley so he could go see the practitioner. When they went back to the station to pick him up, he jumped off the steps of the trolley and ran home, his two sons running after him, pulling an empty wagon. That healing brought my family into Christian Science.

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