Who ‘has your back’?

Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously. When the condition is present which you say induces disease, whether it be air, exercise, heredity, contagion, or accident, then perform your office as porter and shut out these unhealthy thoughts and fears.

SH 392:24-30 Stand
From Concord Express – A Christian Science Study Resource: The King James Version of the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s published writings

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“Conflict and persecution are the truest signs that can be given of the greatness of a cause or of an individual, provided this warfare is honest and a world-imposed struggle. Such conflict never ends till unconquerable right is begun anew, and hath gained fresh energy and final victory.”

[Extract from “Message to The Mother Church” for June, 1900]

Mary Baker Eddy

Who ‘has your back’?

From the October 19, 2015 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

If you’ve ever felt targeted or misrepresented, you know what it’s like to long for an ally. Someone who “gets” who you are and what matters to you. Someone who will stand up for you.

One time I faced a whole battery of strong negative opinions from people who didn’t even know me well. I was applying for a position that had never been filled by someone with my background. Even my gender counted as a strike against me—only one woman had been accepted in the past. I was tempted to drop the whole application process—until prayer brought an advocate to light.

An advocate is someone who defends or comforts, represents or pleads, another’s cause. My advocate wasn’t a person, though. It was an awakened sense of what was going on spiritually. It came to me as a phrase: “endorsed pre-eminently by the approval of God.” I found these words in the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. Here is the entire sentence: “Though entitled to the homage of the world and endorsed pre-eminently by the approval of God, his brief triumphal entry into Jerusalem was followed by the desertion of all save a few friends, who sadly followed him to the foot of the cross” (p. 42). The author is describing Christ Jesus, a man who decisively overcame misunderstanding and outright hostility throughout his ministry, including his crucifixion and resurrection.

Ultimately, it’s God’s love, the divine love Jesus expressed so completely, that touches hearts and breaks down barriers. When we feel the “hand of love,” we find the generosity of spirit to welcome into the circle of our own approval even those who have treated us badly. We become active witnesses to the accuser being “cast down,” kicked out of our thought and experience. Having been advocated for by the Christ, we become advocates for everyone around us, no longer willing to label anyone as a victim or a victimizer. And we experience the sweet confidence of having the ally we need in every situation.

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