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Spiritual stewards

A Christian Science perspective.

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In 1936, Charles Laughton starred in the film “Rembrandt,” about the life of the 17th-century Dutch painter. In one memorable scene he is reassuring a shy servant girl, Hendrickje, that she need not be concerned about posing for him. He tells her, “Painters have a different way of looking at things. You must imagine I am looking at you like the water with which you wash yourself or the air you move in … or the light that shines on you.”

Rembrandt took the fear out of the unfamiliar with elements that Hendrickje understood: water refreshes, air sustains, and light keeps safe. These things were dependable. They were familiar. She might not have understood the subtleties of his metaphors, but she responded to the sincerity of his appeal. It touched her receptive heart and calmed her concerns.

Perhaps this appeal hints at the way in which God, divine intelligence and infinite Love, nurtures innocent thought. Christian Science also teaches us a different way of looking at things. There may be times when we feel unloved or unlovely, even ashamed of unholy thoughts and actions, fragmented moments of good intentions when desperation longs for peace. But we can turn from these often chaotic and disturbing scenarios. We have control. God has created each of us with the sovereignty of divine Mind, and at no time can this control be abridged or nullified. This is our divine heritage of wholeness and completeness. These new, inspired ideas become our guides, and spiritual intuition leads the way.

We see this kind of spiritual leading written throughout the Bible. The words of the prophets and apostles were touched by the eternal, which inspired their speech and proved their oneness with the divine. Prophetic words animated purpose and inspired revelations. Think of the prophet Isaiah, who wrote, “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God” (40:3). Isaiah, and other inspired seers in the Bible, were to make plain what confounded the worldly wise.

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