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IN the book of Acts there's an account of a remarkable event.1 The disciples, ``filled with the Holy Ghost,'' began to speak in different languages. Those from other nations who lived in Jerusalem gathered around and were able to hear their own language spoken. At the beginning of the account is a statement that helps explain the phenomenon: ``And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.'' There was a sense of unity. Individually and collectively there is a need to strive for accord. How can we best go about this? Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes, ``For true happiness, man must harmonize with his Principle, divine Love; the Son must be in accord with the Father, in conformity with Christ.''2

Motives and acts, then, that are in obedience to God's law of goodness and love, that conform to the Christly qualities Christ Jesus exemplified, can't help adding to the harmony of both home and workplace. They also have a bearing on our health and overall well-being, as this statement by the Discoverer of Christian Science brings out: ``A little more grace, a motive made pure, a few truths tenderly told, a heart softened, a character subdued, a life consecrated, would restore the right action of the mental mechanism, and make manifest the movement of body and soul in accord with God.''3

On my first job out of college, I found myself working with individuals of very different backgrounds, views, and temperaments. At first it seemed impossible that we could even work together, let alone in harmony. But I knew the power of prayer, and I earnestly asked the Father for strength and grace to express more of the Christ-spirit in my daily encounters with others. As a result, I found myself able to express joy, patience, love, and forgiveness in even the most difficult situations, including one occasion when I was unfairly blamed for a costly mistake in order that my boss might not lose face with her superiors. Before many months had passed, the office staff was truly of one accord, and we even enjoyed social contacts together outside the office.

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