Opening our hearts to God, we experience more of what it means to reflect “Spirit’s pure goodness / like a ray of the sun’s shine,” as this poem describes it.

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Heart open, I reach for
humility like an artist, swept
clean of human push, poised
to catch and take in the next
perfect brushstroke or word
or chord that comes.

Our God, Soul of us all, lift me
to a higher humility where we
– Your children – take on Your
cascade of joy and serenity,
glorifying You; living our
spiritual nature, allied to Yours
– reflecting Spirit’s pure goodness
like a ray of the sun’s shine.

This strong, sweet humility
becomes a refuge of truth
where brazen assertions of
a selfhood apart from God
are shut out – as if darkness
could really enter where
light floods in.

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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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