Mrs. Eddy, although she prayed continually that her discovery would be established, found it refreshing to laugh and be joyous whenever circumstances aroused and promoted gaiety. At a time when false rumors were being circulated about her voice and her health, she responded in one of the periodicals (Miscellaneous Writings, pp. 238,239): “While I accord these evil-mongers due credit for their desire, let me say to you, dear reader: Call at the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, in 1889, and judge for yourself whether I can talk—and laugh too! I never was in better health.”
From the September 29, 1962 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
“Gentlemen, why do you not laugh? With the fearful strain that is upon me day and night, if I did not laugh, I should die. ”
From the October 3, 2011 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
Reaching out with compassion
Humor—a great way to laugh at ourselves and something which often breaks the mesmerism of challenges we may be facing. The cartoon in the June 13 issue of the Sentinel [“Prayer about food and body”] made me laugh, not because of the plight of beached whales, but because the cartoon was making light of what many Christian Scientists do—hand someone, who is in need, a flyer and invite them to a church service, hoping that meets their need.
Just as with the whale, being invited to church was not what the whale needed, and it most often is not what our struggling fellow man needs. What is needed is compassion and love and a practical reaching out of our hands to help them.
I only hope people will lighten up and really look at the meaning of the humor being included in the Sentinel and realize it is all a way to laugh at ourselves—a way to wake us up to how we can better reach out to humanity (and animals, the environment, etc.) in helpful, practical ways. We all need to laugh more. So with regard to publishing humor in the Sentinel, I say, publish on, publish on!
Pickerington, Ohio, US
- Class photo below. I can’t remember laughing as much as with my students. And it felt healing!