Even when we don’t see eye to eye, there’s a divine basis for feeling and expressing “a softened look, a kinder thought” toward one another, as this poem highlights.

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If the two of us do not see eye to eye,
then let us meet in the encircling glow
of what we truly see – a sister, a brother,
a child of our Father-Mother.
To embrace this loving light
brings a gentleness to our common tie,
a softened look, a kinder thought,
a heart won over, as Christ draws back the veil
and repentant eyes now glimpse
the perfect likeness always there –
a cherished gleam of God’s own countenance.

With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science.
Mary Baker Eddy, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” pp. 469-470

Poem originally published in the Sept. 2001 issue of The Christian Science Journal.

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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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