Waking-up moments

When I was a kid, something prompted me one day to get the vacuum cleaner out and vacuum the upstairs of our house. My dad was ecstatic and thanked me profusely. I have to admit that my cleaning house without being asked was highly unusual since, for the most part, I didn’t help with chores without a great deal of cajoling on the part of my parents.

I’ve been thinking about that incident, because I believe there was something significant about it. What was prompting me to do the right thing? My parents had nearly given up asking for my help. There was no material reward being offered for me to do it. But somehow I woke up sufficiently to recognize a need, and I was energized enough to respond to it. What woke me up? I believe it was the Christ waking me to the eternal consciousness of good, which is forever active. In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy defines the Christ this way: “The divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error” (p. 583).

Looking back, I see similar “waking up” moments throughout my life—moments of kind, positive action, or realization, that gave me a hint of a better way to be. These moments brought me to Christian Science in the first place. And they also laid the basis for my taking Primary class instruction.

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