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“Thou [God] art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance”.
Published on Dec 5, 2016
‘To Bless All Mankind’
Progress toward peace
From the November 20, 2017 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
Adapted from an article published in The Christian Science Monitor, September 21, 2017.
For nations to move forward and find peace and stability after war, an awakening to the need to unify rather than divide is important. Often that comes through a realism born of necessity, but lasting peace is spawned by a realism based on something more than human willpower and desire, no matter how well intentioned our efforts.
In my own experience I’ve found that real and reliable progress toward resolution comes with a growing understanding of the reality that God, the universal divine Mind, is the source of true intelligence. This kind of spiritual realism, acknowledging God as infinite and all-knowing good, has inspired me to listen for divine wisdom. This approach fosters unity.
In particular, I’ve come to deeply appreciate what two directives from the Bible bring in order to accomplish unity of purpose to do good, and not evil: the First Commandment—“Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3)—and the Golden Rule. These are not just traditional doctrines, but foundational laws that bring lasting, healing results. When we strive to obey them, we are affirming—and will see—the practical effects of God’s infinite goodness.
As welcome as human pragmatism is, divine Mind offers more. The spiritual truth is that we all truly coexist under the universal banner of divinely maintained peace. Acknowledging this purifies our thoughts and inspires selfless actions. Our earnest efforts to stop clinging to power struggles and instead to humbly seek the guidance of divine Mind ready us to listen for the inspiration of the Almighty, which gives us a unifying understanding that fosters peace on earth.