The Rule of Perpetual Harmony

The Rule of Perpetual Harmony


A guest post written by Jodie Fisher

Welcoming back our honored veterans from their overseas deployments, I feel there is much that can be done to support the transition back to civilian life. For example, businesses and agencies are supporting this transition by helping these individuals find jobs.

But finding a job isn’t the only concern to reintegration. Another concern that needs to be addresses is PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder). Instead of accepting this label, I think it’s important to see this as psychological and moral injury, which allows for more focused prayer. What does that mean from a spiritual perspective? Knowing these men and women as loved children of God leads to the understanding that their spiritual identity is untouched by any injury. God’s man is all about being good, diligent, well-meaning, full of integrity, expressing leadership, teamwork, commitment, and courage. I love the thought that all mankind abides “by the rule of perpetual harmony.” And, “It is man’s moral right to annul an unjust sentence, a sentence never inflicted by divine authority.” (Science and Heath with Key to the Scriptures)

I teach Sunday school to Marine recruits at Camp Pendleton and see such commitment, earnestness, and courage in these young men. I feel it’s important to love the Christ consciousness in each of them. While volunteering in Sunday school and helping facilitate workshops to transition Marines back to civilian life, I’ve learned to see that God, the perfect Principle, and man, the reflection of this perfect Principle (God’s law), as being so good that it does not include any“…lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, …unchanged.” (S&H)

Keeping my thought focused on these men and women as the blessed children of God is a freeing and healing perspective that lifts consciousness. This Principle, or God’s law, is something that we can each hold to, which will support each of these American heroes.

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  1. Evelyn Brookins says

    This needs to be posted widely. It provides all of us with something more than appreciation for these returning veterans. The belief of PTSD can linger in thought for many years until its issues are dealt with. Perhaps “a truer sense of Love” will lift us all from the “need” to go to war. This is what Jesus did. It’s ours to apply today.

  2. Pamela says

    Thanks Jodie, I am on your prayer team and I so love these young men and women for the committment to good. Their courage and determination is wonderful and they deserve our prayers.

  3. Kathleen Cramer says

    I rejoice in your post and what you are doing for our troops as they return. It truly is the most important in their reintegration into civilian life. Thank you.

  4. Kathleen says

    Thank you Jodie, for this thoughtful post. We can all pray to lift our thought of these dear men above any “unjust sentence” for their good deeds and courage. As they have worked to secure the freedoms of others, we can work to protect their freedom from any lapse from perpetual harmony!

  5. says

    Thank you, Jodie, for the work you are doing at Camp Pendleton. My dad was a US Marine for 23 1/2 years and received the benefit of knowing the Christian Science chaplain when we lived in San Diego and Oceanside. He had many examples of protection and healings during his tours of duty. Mom was our personal “at home” practitioner. We always enjoyed meeting church friends when we moved to a new duty station and we always felt at home when we went to church and Sunday School. Thank you again for all you do for our Marines.

  6. Anne says

    You are doing a wonderful work and I salute you and support you in your unselfish service to the Marines. We owe a great debt of gratitude to them and all men and women in the armed services. Their dedication to our country deserves our highest respect and our deepest prayer for their safe return.

    Thank you for sharing your great contribution to the young men at Camp Pendleton.

  7. Bonnie says

    Thanks for your post, Jodie. A spiritual perspective is always a healing perspective. Thanks for all you are doing at Pendleton. Love the idea of God’s children in harmony . . . unchanged.

  8. Tracy says

    Great post, Jodie. I feel it’s incredibly important to have chaplains present at military bases for this very reason. If military people have the opportunity to talk with spiritual counselors whenever they wish, I think PTSD would feel much less intimidating and much more treatable through prayer. Keep up the amazing work and thank you for supporting our troops!

  9. Anne Hughes says

    Thanks Jodie, a young friend from our church is at Pendleton right now. It is good to know of your presence and availability there. We do need to cherish these Marine recruits. My husband’s description of some of his experiences there in the 50’s don’t need to be repeated. He has long since forgiven, and he values his experience as a proud Marine. It is comforting to know of Gods presence everywhere, even when we are not seeing it at the moment.