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.