Embracing, rather than bracing for, Mondays

Today’s contributor shares some spiritual ideas that inspire her to greet each new day with joy and an expectancy of good.

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Sometimes it can feel as if we need to brace ourselves for Mondays – marking the end of the weekend and, for many, the start of a new working week.

Thinking about this recently, I just felt so grateful for what I’ve learned in Christian Science about God as the source of our well-being, caring for all of us, the spiritual offspring of divine Truth, Life, and Love. This understanding inspires me to greet each new day with joy and an expectancy of good.

Here are some ideas I’ve found especially encouraging in starting each day on upward wing:

This is the day the Lord has made;
Be glad, give thanks, rejoice;
Stand in God’s presence, unafraid,
In praise lift up your voice.
– Laura Lee Randall, alt., “Christian Science Hymnal: Hymns 430-603,” No. 585, © CSBD

(No dreary Monday there!)

And in Mary Baker Eddy’s textbook on Christian Science, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” she includes a “Glossary” chapter that offers spiritual explanations for biblical concepts. There we read such things as:

DAY. The irradiance of Life; light, the spiritual idea of Truth and Love.
p. 584

MORNING. Light; symbol of Truth; revelation and progress.
p. 591

(No dreariness there, either!)

Each of us can make a conscious decision to welcome into our day the divine light that brings inspiration and progress – whatever day of the week it may be.

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