London Olympics 2012

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The establishment of the London 2012 Paralympics (Aug. 29-Sept. 9) as a related event is evidence of progressive inclusiveness. It shows an understanding that God loves and honors all His children, giving strength and ingenuity to overcome obstacles and challenges.

Christian Science Monitor

Toward peaceful, inspiring Olympics

A Christian Science perspective.

* photo – CS Monitor

 The Olympic rings are illuminated while suspended from Tower Bridge, near the HMS Belfast museum warship.  The London 2012 Olympics run from July 27 to August 12.

Mary Baker Eddy, the author of the Christian Science textbook, believed that every individual has the right to live up to his or her potential, something each Olympic athlete is striving to do. As she says in that textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” “God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis” (p. 258). To maintain this view of the purpose behind athletic competition – that each individual strives to express his or her best – will help protect against the negative, disrupting influence of the wrong idea of competition.

Additional concerns include security threats, possible political maneuverings, and potential logistical problems. These worries can be addressed effectively through prayer. The care, planning, and expense that the British hosts have put into the summer Games during a time of recession indicates that the Olympic ideal fosters a love for others and an outreach that includes the world. In Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy states, “[A] right motive has its reward” (p. 453), and so we can expect that the ideals that motivate the Olympics will have their reward in peaceful success.

Amid what’s described as the largest security effort ever undertaken in Britain, the prayer that affirms God’s safe, all-powerful government will aid in proving the spiritual fact that God-inspired safety and security can be expressed in all aspects of these Olympic Games. God, Mind, is the intelligence that brings insight and intuition to ensure that the myriad details that go into coordinating such a large-scale event can unfold in a way that blesses all who participate – athletes, spectators, disrupted London commuters, and even television viewers.

And what about the British weather? The Bible assures us that God has gathered “the wind in his fists” (Proverbs 30:4). All-powerful Spirit can bring to the Olympic venues conditions that allow events to unfold smoothly and orderly. No cynical views about adverse weather patterns, climate change, or “bad luck” can cloud the proceedings or prevent athletic excellence.

May these Olympics be an occasion for the highest qualities of athletes to shine forth in the beauty, strength, and joy of active expression.

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