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New light and joy

A Christian Science perspective.

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The air is filling with the scent of blossoms in our garden. The warm south breeze is a sheer delight after the hard and unusually cold winter we've had in Europe. The new growth and the young shoots are all promises of exciting new stirring taking place in nature, in contrast to the continuing challenges posed by the economy and its effects on people's budgets, work, education, and future plans.

Even when things look down, I find it helpful to cling to the idea of newness because it includes hope, joy, and anticipation. It opens my eyes to new opportunities, new beginnings. New ways of being creative.

The Bible promises that the Lord's mercies are "new every morning" (see Lam. 3:22, 23). That newness is a sign of God's ever-present grace. It often shows up when we're feeling that God has forgotten us – as a reminder that His love is always with us and always unfolding bigger and wider expressions of His goodness. It is always available, always there. Our role is to let its light show us God's goodness through a resurrected or renewed view of reality.

Mary Baker Eddy described the biblical significance of "resurrection" this way: "Spiritualization of thought; a new and higher idea of immortality, or spiritual existence; material belief yielding to spiritual understanding" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. 593). To me, this explains how Jesus was able to heal. His healing works were the result of spiritualized thought that transforms and regenerates.

When Jesus healed a man who was born blind, the man saw things around him for the first time as a whole new world. But actually those things had always been there; it was the blindness or mental darkness that had prevented him from seeing them. Spiritual healing removes this darkness and brings to light that which has always been there.

When our thoughts rise even slightly to the awareness of the divine Mind's presence in our lives, opportunities that were already there come to light.

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