Sometimes change can seem scary. But recognizing that God’s goodness is constant and unchanging enables us to approach changes in circumstance with peace of mind.

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Often, with change comes uncertainty. As we wonder what life will look like after the pandemic, there are many questions. Yet we can embrace constructive change moment by moment when we are clear about what doesn’t change – the constancy of good.

Even as the form of our experience changes from day to day, year to year, the substance of the actual good of our lives never changes, because it has its source in the unalterable nature of God as divine Love and Life.

The book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible says, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (3:1). Despite how often we tend to resist change, it is actually natural to adapt to changes that come with a new season or a renewed purpose. Fundamentally, the effect of Christian Science “is to stir the human mind to a change of base, on which it may yield to the harmony of the divine Mind” (Mary Baker Eddy, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” p. 162). This Science of Christ invigorates and clarifies our understanding of the spiritual reality of Life and its permanence.

Then the right sense of progress for any endeavor emerges and enables us to see more clearly our own unique way to contribute or participate. Constructive, spiritual change occurs in our consciousness to bring healing and transformation to challenging situations.

This change is continual and inevitable when we’re striving to stay spiritually awake. Then, no change can trick us into feeling separate from the constancy of good sourced in God, or from one another.

Looking deeply into the spiritual substance of our lives, we find that true goodness is unchanging, and is never at the mercy of circumstances. Acknowledging this fact, we can embrace the flow of change with grace, equanimity, and unity.

Adapted from an editorial published in the May 24, 2021, issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.

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