Armed With Spiritual Clarity on Capitol Hill

Armed With Spiritual Clarity on Capitol Hill


by Don Ingwerson

For today’s blog I wanted to share with you a new metaphysical article from the Federal Committee on Publication site. This blog is about a December trip that Christian Scientists from Delaware took to visit Capitol Hill to talk to their representatives about a legislative effort  to promote an exemption to purchase health insurance as required by the Affordable Care Act. Josephine Bayard, an interior designer and owner of Plain and Fancy Interiors in Wilmington, initially felt a strong resistance to making the trip. She writes about how she worked through her sense of “I didn’t want to go” and ended up finishing the day thinking, “I’m glad I went.” This article can be found here: From “I didn’t want to go to I’m glad I went”: armed with spiritual clarity on Capitol Hill and is written by Josephine Bayard.

I didn’t want to go.

For so long I had felt inadequate, uninformed, and unwilling to try to represent Christian Science publicly. Finally, Christ broke through that resistance with the thought that Mrs. Eddy asked members to show up for various assignments on short notice regardless of their resume, obligations at home, or lack of self-confidence. I have always admired those early workers and now it was my turn.

Alfred Farlow’s metaphysical points were surprisingly relevant in 2013! His mention of fairness and justice struck me as all that we are asking of our legislators in their provisions for Christian Scientists. Considering our Constitution, fairness and justice are not too much to ask, and this strengthened my resolve and confidence in our mission.

His reminders to stay awake did keep me focused when my mind wandered during discussion of political ramifications. I could feel myself beginning to daydream about the artistry of the architecture, and lovely lunch we had shared. Very quickly Farlow’s words came to me, “my usefulness to the Cause is in proportion to my wakefulness.”

In preparing for the day, I noticed the story of the man healed of a withered hand in the lesson. I felt the Christ calling me to “stand forth” – stand up for what I knew to be the Truth, and “stretch forth” – extend my conviction beyond my comfort zone, trusting the Comforter, in the zone of divine Love, to govern man. Bearing witness to the patience and persistence of the Federal Office as it performs its vital work with our Congressmen and women, was evidence that the restoration of justice and fairness was and is going on.

The idea that “angels are God’s representatives” (see p. 299 ofScience and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy) stayed with me that day as we watched the members of the House of Representatives voting and networking with each other. It was a precious opportunity to see government, prayer, and the Christ in action.

As a church member and constituent of my state, I look on that day with great gratitude for Christian Scientists working in Boston and Washington, and for our elected officials, committed to getting it right. There was definitely the presence of Mind in our meetings, and obvious prayerful preparation, leading to a collegial meeting and a successful result.

I’m glad I went.


About the author

Don Ingwerson Don regularly blogs on health and spirituality and lives in Laguna Beach with his wife - both Christian Science practitioners. He brings his years serving the public in education to his work as a liaison of Christian Science, where he maintains contacts with the media and legislative offices.


  1. Adrienne says

    Good to know and thanks for sharing your trip! We are all in this together and can experience the results of…loving our neighbor as ourselves.

  2. Belle says

    It’s time we each “stand up and be counted” in our own communities as well, bravo Josephine!

  3. Evelyn, Laguna Hills says

    What a helpful report – like a wake-up call to reach out for our own individual contributions to right causes.

  4. says

    This is a true testimony of placing our love for God and the cause of Christian Science over self. This response to God’s impulsion is vital in bringing forth justice in Capitol Hill to see that the EACH Act becomes a law. We can continue to overcome barriers as Isaiah 55; 12-13 says: “For ye shall go forth with joy and be led forth with peace: the mountains and hills shall break before thee into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the briar shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.” E.A. Nelson

  5. says

    Putting aside self and listening for the Christ-directive clearly moves us to do what is instrumental to progress, including in key legislative areas such as this.

  6. says

    Yes to all of the above and my thanks along with everyone else for this “awakening” article. We all need to step out of our comfort zone, our box so to speak, because without realizing it we tend to box ourselves into certain ways of thinking and forget that with the Christ, Truth we can break out of any limited long held concepts of ourselves or others. This article clearly shows us that turning to God for direction will give us the ability to take our stand for Principle.

    I agree with what Alfred Farlow said because our usefulness to the Cause is most definitely in proportation to our wakefulness.

  7. Rhonda says

    What stood out to me was how vital Josephine’s preparation for the day was to the success of the day. Preparation is the key! Kudos Josephine! (=