This post is from Anna-Lena Hathaway. She is a thinker, activist and blogger. She just graduated from Marist College and is currently based in Berlin. She carries a German and US-American passport. Check out her blog https://frauenderwelt.wordpress.com
I was recently reminded of a greeting that one of my friends and I use. It started once when he asked me, “what’s good with you?” At the time, I didn’t understand the question. I asked him, do you mean to ask “How am I?” He said “No, I want to know what’s good with you?” I thought about the question for a moment and began to tell him the good things in my life. After a while, the question was shortened to “what’s good?” which changed the answer to not only include the good in our own lives, but the good we could see in the world.
I had not talked to this friend for quite sometime, when he messaged me asking “what’s good?” I was so grateful for the timing of his message because I had been so focused on trying to figure out my next steps that I was forgetting about the present. Before responding, I sat down and created a list of things that were good and things I was grateful for, something I could have done sooner, of course. I came up with quite a long list. I am grateful for this greeting my friend and I share because it allows both of us to only focus on the good things, instead of attempting to evaluate how we are doing.
The Bible starts out with good. “Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!” (Genesis 1:31, New Living Translation). In Genesis, God is so pleased with creation that He/She states that it is very good. Sometimes with our daily activities or the negative news reports, it is easy to forget the good things. But this good is always present and we need to recognize it. This is vital, I can see this now. Trusting that we are always taken care of and recognizing the “good already received”, as Mary Baker Eddy writes in Science&Health with Key to the Scriptures an page 3. „The good already received!“ Wow!
It is not enough to be puzzled or outraged if one is again (and again, and again), confronted with violence, a shocking lack of independent thought, a cold disregard of human lives. What is needed is a clear yes and an equally clear no. Enough! There is an intimacy with God, Love, which displaces a sense of vulnerability and actively lives unselfishness. It is closeness with God, good, which inspires forgiveness without naïvité, it teaches constructive thought and action, and instills gratitude for Christ Jesus who acquainted humanity with the all-encompassing love as a Principle to live by, against all odds. The rules of the games are already changed.
Mary Baker Eddy finishes her biography Retrospection&Introspection with this insight, leaving the last word to a contemporary poet of her time, Anna E. Hamilton. You can find this quote on p. 95 of her book. A French translation can be found here.
"I am persuaded that only by the modesty and distinguishing affection illustrated in Jesus' career, can Christian Scientists aid the establishment of Christ's kingdom on the earth. In the first century of the Christian era Jesus' teachings bore much fruit, and the Father was glorified
therein. In this period and the forthcoming centuries, watered by dews of divine Science, this "tree of life" will blossom into greater freedom, and its leaves will be "for the healing of the nations."
Ask God to give thee skill
In comfort's art:
That thou may'st consecrated be
And set apart
Unto a life of sympathy.
For heavy is the weight of ill
In every heart;
And comforters are needed much
Of Christlike touch.
— A. E. HAMILTON"
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In my work as Christian Science practitioner and writer I draw on listening to God and listening to people.
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