After hard times, a new birth

When tragedy – or the memory of past tragedy – strikes, picking up the pieces of hearts, minds, and lives can seem an overwhelming task. But opening our hearts to God’s love is a powerful starting point for a new birth, one that includes lasting healing and peace.

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Behold, I make all things new.
Revelation 21:5

Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy. Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine “powers that be.”
Mary Baker Eddy, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” p. 249

The new birth is not the work of a moment. It begins with moments, and goes on with years; moments of surrender to God, of childlike trust and joyful adoption of good; moments of self-abnegation, self-consecration, heaven-born hope, and spiritual love.
– Mary Baker Eddy, “Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896,” p. 15

For more inspiration on this theme, check out "A new birth after hard times," a 9/11 reflection in the Christian Science Sentinel, a sister publication of the Monitor.

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