The next chapter
Right now you’re holding a new issue of the Sentinel—or looking at or listening to it on a device. And you may be doing any of these things while taking a walk, working from home, or eating lunch. You might already have used your smartphone to scan a QR (quick response) code in an article or testimony and found yourself instantly online and able to listen to an audio recording of that same piece. But wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, you are at a significant moment because of the ideas you’re about to engage with.
That’s the important thing. The ideas. Because as much as technology and connectivity and speed affect how we read or listen to (or, eventually, watch) Sentinel content, it’s the spiritual ideas and inspiration you find here that make all the difference.
We live in a world of thought. So how and what we think determines everything about our experience, and daily affects the world beyond us. No wonder the first page of the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of this magazine, claims, “The time for thinkers has come.” The author goes on to say what really deserves and needs our thinking: “Truth, independent of doctrines and time-honored systems, knocks at the portal of humanity. Contentment with the past and the cold conventionality of materialism are crumbling away. Ignorance of God is no longer the stepping-stone to faith. The only guarantee of obedience is a right apprehension of Him whom to know aright is Life eternal.”
The thinking that Science and Health is talking about—and that the Sentinel offers every week—is spiritual. It isn’t a limited, human-mind effort to approach God or to appreciate the Divine in some intellectual way. It’s not an occasional communing with Deity. It’s thinking that starts with God—from God, the one infinite Mind—and with realizing that this Mind and consciousness are not just a goal, but our home. Our Mind. Now. It is knowing God, divine Truth and Life; growing in the understanding of the Love that is our Father-Mother; and realizing that we are each always Godlike, the child of divine Love.
These views of God and God’s kingdom, as Christ Jesus proved, have the capacity not only to uplift and guide us, but also to heal—mentally, morally, physically—through these divine ideas understood and increasingly lived. It’s why the Sentinel exists, and it’s an entirely realistic expectation on the part of any reader.
The Sentinel also enables readers to recognize what isn’t of God, good: the material thoughts and limiting assumptions that would take up residence in our thinking and defeat us—fear, inharmony, discouragement, illness, sin, lack, self-centeredness, etc. It explains and illustrates how these can be challenged and actually wiped out of our lives.
On thousands of occasions, an article, sometimes even a paragraph or sentence of Truth, has so heartened or awakened a person that they stood up to a hindering fear and accepted God’s all-love and all-presence to such a degree that they were healed, heart and body. Letting the Science, or understanding, of the pure, infinite Truth that is God “sink down into your ears,” as Christ Jesus admonished his students to do (Luke 9:44), joins us with others doing the same and makes for profound and mighty change for the better in collective human consciousness, character, and experience.
Such a Spirit-based community of thinkers and doers must of necessity include giving as well as receiving. Just as breathing involves both exhaling and inhaling, and sentries don’t keep what they’ve observed during their watch to themselves, but share that news with whoever needs to know, the Sentinel requires of its diverse, thoughtful readership a willingness to report what they’ve seen, heard, and proven spiritually.
In the transforming of collective thought and life, every individual fills an indispensable niche. Each voice counts, every healing insight does something. In this Sentinel, you’ll get a taste of this diversity and the power of spiritually scientific prayer in healings involving heart attack symptoms and a disfiguring wound, and articles that explore how spiritual alertness protects and divine intuition heals. We invite you, too, in this new year, to share an experience or inspiration (or both!) for the benefit of your fellow readers. And we warmly welcome you to the Sentinel’s next chapter.
Ethel A. Baker, Editor