Faces on Faith: Refresh, renew, restore
Summertime leads many of us to seek cooler climbs and fresh vistas.
We long for change, not just from oppressive weather, but from entrenched habits, tiresome tasks, and burdensome responsibilities.
So we take the trip to the mountains, or tour the national parks, or perhaps even manage a trip to Europe, looking for a brighter perspective, an unencumbered state of being, the freedom we felt as kids just starting on a new adventure.
Webster’s Dictionary defines “renew” as: ” to make new, as if new again; make young, fresh or strong again; bring back into good condition; to give new spiritual strength.”
Ephesians from the Bible challenges us to: “Be renewed in the spirit of your mind, putting on the new nature, the divine pattern”.
Mary Baker Eddy in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures suggests: “You embrace your body in your thoughts, and you should delineate upon it thoughts of health and not of sickness.” There are numerous examples in Mrs. Eddy’s textbook on Christian Science, of people of advanced years who gained such inspiration and insight from their study, that bodily movement and activity were revitalized and restored.
Theologians of many persuasions have glimpsed God- inspired views of freedom and restoration.
William Sloane Coffin, the great progressive Christian leader and late pastor of the prestigious Riverside Church in New York City stated: “I believe the power of God is lodged in the very marrow of our substance and is pressing, constantly pressing for release in order to permeate every fiber of our being.”
So, can we really be restored to a state of newness, freshness, wholeness? Christian Science assures us that the divine law of harmony—God’s law of health—operates efficiently and reliably for us each day. When we are inspired to utilize these divine laws, the body naturally responds and manifests health.
Regardless of our religious or spiritual persuasion, each of us can identify ourselves as God’s immortal idea, refreshed with the assurance of our uncompromised, unaged, undefiled, unafflicted perfection as purely spiritual beings residing in the Mind called God.
Then our days take on a harmonious hue, and our purpose and perspective receive a divine impulse. Thus our lives, our very beings, are, in fact, “made new”.
-June Sieber, Christian Science Church