A guest post written by Evelyn Brookins from Laguna Niguel, California
Do you find that listening to the news of the day is enlightening, fulfilling, satisfying? Or does it foster anxiety and trepidation? I know the purpose of the news is to inform us. But how informative and reliable is it? For instance, in 1866 a New England woman sustained severe injuries from a fall on the ice. According to the newspaper report, she was carried into a nearby house and a doctor was called. That’s the end of the report. There was no follow-up, no further interest from the media. I suspect that this is a common factor in today’s reporting.
But, as one famous reporter enjoyed saying, “Here’s the rest of the story.”
Friends had gathered in the living room, anticipating her imminent death – based on the prediction of the medical doctor and the visiting minister. But left alone, this woman took her Bible – a book she had studied throughout her life for instruction, comfort, and wisdom. While pondering a remarkable healing performed by Christ Jesus, a light dawned on her perception of that event. It so illumined her understanding of Jesus’ teaching that she found herself instantly restored to perfect health!
In one piece of news, she was injured beyond repair. In the next untold piece of news, she was completely well, later realizing that she was in better health than before her injury!
This woman was Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science. What’s interesting is that the media didn’t cover her healing or its cause. But her inspired understanding of her relationship to God led to her remarkable, even miraculous, recovery and was the impetus for thousands of cases of healing and the writing of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, a book that is still being published today. She later wrote about her discovery in this way: “…I demonstrated the divine rules of Christian Science. They were submitted to the broadest practical test, and everywhere, when honestly applied under circumstances where demonstration was humanly possible, this Science showed that Truth had lost none of its divine and healing efficacy, even though centuries had passed away since Jesus practiced these rules on the hills of Judaea and in the valleys of Galilee.”
Just as then, the news of today isn’t always covering the news in its entirety.
The short-sightedness and desire to sensationalize the news for profit led Eddy to establish an international newspaper, which she named The Christian Science Monitor. Here you’ll find the daily news presented in a broader prospective, with no intention to create news but to inform the readers of significant events.
It is always beneficial, as modern-day consumers of news media reports, to question not only the validity of the information presented, but also the potential bias of the media outlet. And even to follow the events to subsequent outcomes or results. Being receptive to a deeper understanding of the news cultivates unity and heals the divides that we currently feel. And that’s great news.