Press the reset button

At our family’s Thanksgiving holiday gatherings, we select a topic as the focus of our gratitude. One year the topic was “family.” One person said he was most grateful for family because it allows us to “press the reset button”—to forgive and forget one another’s mistakes, shortcomings, and offenses. Once again, we feel our wholeness and innocence and our belonging in the family.  

His words continue to resonate with me, and have prompted me to think more deeply about what it means to “reset” in terms of the practice of Christian Science.

In this high-tech world, most of us probably have an electronic device that has a “refresh” button or “restore to factory settings” option. Clicking on the restore option prompts a reminder that everything previously downloaded onto our device will be erased, and the device will return to its original settings, or condition. Like many, I can think of more than one occasion when I’ve wished I could press a refresh or restore button on life. But I’ve learned in Christian Science that it is possible to hit “refresh” in a spiritual sense and experience the health and harmony that spiritual regeneration brings. 

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