Reblog: ‘Citizens of the world’

Beautiful blog post and prayer…

Reblog: ‘Citizens of the world’

by Virginia Harris, CSB

“Citizens of the world, accept the ‘glorious liberty of the children of God,’ and be free! This is your divine right.”

Imagine…when this was written by Mary Baker Eddy about 125 years ago, the concept of ‘nationalism’ was newly popular in the United States. The country had recently emerged from the effects of a devastating civil war that sorely tested the coherent identity of the young nation. As a result, celebrating the civil and religious freedom from England each July 4th became a celebration of the unbroken unity of the nation. Read more

Repost: In Jesus’ footsteps

I can’t resist reposting this blog post by my husband that appeared on CSMonitor.com today.

I love these opportunities we each have to step out of our comfort zone and really delve deeper. Truly inspiring growth always comes from such opportunities!

In Jesus’ footsteps

by John Biggs

While power washing my back porch the other day, I accidentally aimed the nozzle too aggressively at the deck. The dull gray color suddenly vanished, replaced by a vibrant red cedar tone. At first, I was upset with myself for scarring the deck. Then I realized that this was the actual deck. I was very pleased with the color and cleanliness, but I hesitated to pursue the in-depth cleaning because halfway was probably good enough, and company was expected soon.

Isn’t this story symbolically familiar? The comfort zone threatened. Something that disturbs the norm. The aha moment telling you that what lies beneath the surface is so much better. Then hesitancy about reaching for that depth and substance. Right here is where so much of life is decided. Do we stay comfortable or dive deeper? The good … or the best?

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