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A time for healing

A Christian Science perspective on daily life.

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The resignation of New York's governor is sobering. He isn't the first politician to stumble in that way, and probably won't be the last. Jesus' stern words to the woman taken in adultery and the account of King David and Bathsheba remind us that people through the ages have struggled and suffered deeply from such behavior.

There are many aspects to these biblical accounts, but the account of David's ongoing one-on-one relationship with God teaches us how divine mercy corrects, guides, and supports one through such very difficult times. What's encouraging in light of the former governor's expressed desire to continue to serve humanity in some way is that David's contribution to his people didn't end as a result of his actions. Also, the ex-governor's recognition that he and his family need healing can stir us to pray in support of that desire as well as on behalf of all who are in public office and dealing with various types of temptation.

This psalm seems to capture the burden of temptation, whatever form it takes, and also offers the remedy: "My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word" (Ps. 119:28). Individuals who choose to serve their fellow citizens can be benefited by our compassion for the heaviness of their souls when tempted, and also our recognition of God's readiness to strengthen them in time of need. This strength is spiritual, and lifts them above the weight of public opinions and prejudices. It also affirms their inseparable relation to God, who gives both intelligence and wisdom for every task.

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