Today is Memorial Day in the United States. Many people enjoy a federal holiday and some may reflect on the significance of this day.
Regardless of the diverse opinions out there about war, the military and patriotism, each person who has served in the military and each civilian are united by Christly qualities. It is the Christ which impels us to give unselfishly — to sacrifice ourselves so that others may experience some happiness and good. This sacrifice may come by serving in the military, as a schoolteacher, giving to a non-profit, or devoting one’s life to helping others in some way. We each give self-sacrifices of time, patience, money, and devotion to one another everyday, for which I am grateful.
These qualities and the impulsion to do so doesn’t come from who we are humanly; it comes from deep within our divine nature. It is God who is impelling us to give, guiding us, blessing us and replenishing us. It speaks of our eternal identity, which He created, that is all-good, skilful in expressing divine intelligence, compassion and integrity.
It is this eternal identity which unites all of us in appreciation, love, and forgiveness for one another. We have a deep well of divine strength that we can draw on each moment. This Source gives us solutions and answers to the problems we face and the skill to act on them. It is a deep spiritual love, compassion and integrity which unites us all.
Thanks to everyone who serves in whatever capacity they feel divinely led to do. Your self-sacrifice blesses you and all the world.
Recently my husband and I watched “The Hobbit” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
The “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, in particular, is quite intense with epic battle scenes and constant toil for the characters. I often find myself echoing the Hobbit’s sentiment of being a peaceful people who don’t like adventures. Even watching these movies can be quite exhausting!
As one might already know, watching the extended version of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy is quite an endeavor in and of itself. So I figured I should get the most out of it. Well, I did because I had a spiritual breakthrough!
We might want to run away from the challenges that confront us, like Bilbo & Frodo Baggins wanted to. However, we have the “sword of Truth”, the “armor of goodness” that we can wield to overcome the deception of evil.
For instance, was the ring that Frodo was carrying actually physically heavier as he was climbing up the mountain of Mordor to throw it into the fire? I don’t think so. The ring weighed the same as it always had. However, the resistance to good and the temptation of evil is what seemed to be heavier in Frodo’s thought and he had to summon the courage and will to overcome it.
What if Jesus simply wanted to have a peaceful life and avoid conflict? We wouldn’t have his supreme example of overcoming every obstacle of evil and demonstrating the victory of good, divine Love and spiritual Life. Jesus’ example proves what is possible, and his life-work has been inspiring to me many times.
So, though I may echo the sentiment of the Hobbits, I can feel the dominion of their victory by the end of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. The young Hobbits return home with an understanding of what it takes to overcome evil (love, unity, strength, etc). Conquering their fears, instead of hiding from them, has made Middle-earth a better place for all of its inhabitants.
The Olympics are so inspiring! And this blog post by a Christian Science practitioner and teacher points out so many ways the Olympics have propelled mankind forward to break even more limitations!
by Virginia Harris, CSB
Oh the glorious Olympics! It seems like everyday since the Games began there has been some new ‘first’, some previous limitation or barrier broken through, left behind, gone beyond!
Almost daily there are new world records being established, and each breakthrough lifts all of us by showing the potential to surpass previously believed limits. And once a threshold has been crossed, there is only going forward to cross the next.
But there have been so many other breakthroughs as well…