New beginnings

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A season of new beginnings and transitions. . . .

January represents new beginnings and transitions. In Miscellaneous Writings, Mary Baker Eddy speaks of new beginnings and transitions in her article The New Birth (p.15) when she shares with us, “The new birth is not the work of a moment. It begins with moments, and goes on with years; moments of surrender to God, of childlike trust and joyful adoption of good; moments of self-abnegation, self-consecration, heaven-born hope, and spiritual love.”

How’s that for a New Year’s resolution? Heart-felt resolve to “lay off the ‘old man’ until man is found to be the image of the infinite good that we name God, and the fulness of the stature of man in Christ appears.” (Ibid., p. 15)

What a blessing to know that at any moment we can return to the beginning — where God saw all that He had made and called it good. That’s where we reside, that’s where our consciousness is, in the infinite good that is God. That’s also where mortal aches and pains (physical or mental) have no existence and cannot haunt our thinking or hold us hostage. The past may keep reminding us of mistakes, but the past has no power when divine Love is present. We can always heal past mistakes with the realization that right when mortal mind claims a mistake occurred, right then Divine Love was present, no matter what claims to have happened. (See article “Right When, Right Then” by Paul Stark Seeley in The Christian Science Sentinel dated March 24, 1958.) God’s love and gentle care for us have always been present and active.

During this season of new beginnings and transitions we can be more compassionate with ourselves. Let this New Year wash over you with the pure sense of God’s unceasing love for His/Her children. Divine Love never fails to bring the healing Christ to our consciousness and our expression of life.

Elizabeth Harned
Executive Director

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