“No need to feel forever trapped,” assures this poem, which highlights everyone’s God-given right to progress, safety, and strength. 

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No need to feel forever trapped
by years of wasted time
and effort brought to naught.
Shut out bleak images of
barren days gone by
and what they’ve left undone.

Your heritage is strength divine
to do the right,
reject the wrong.
Use that strength
to leave the wilderness
of doubt and fear behind.

Securely held in God’s embrace,
emerge from darkness into light.
He’ll tell you what you ought to do
and what you need to know.
Did you not know?
You’re one with Him!

The past is naught;
there is just now!
Safe with Father-Mother Love,
progress ever will unfold.
You are the child of God!
Claim freedom as your prize!

Originally published in the Oct. 8, 2018, issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.

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Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

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