A Heart for Community – Daily Bread – 07/31/2013

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It’s natural to care deeply about community.  Real love for family extends to neighbors—and overflows for the whole of society. This occasional column tells of how a spiritual perspective has been helping Sentinel readers help others and make a contribution to healing some of the collective challenges facing communities today.

 

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Heart For Community

From the March 4, 1991 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

 

It’s natural to care deeply about community.  Real love for family extends to neighbors—and overflows for the whole of society. This occasional column tells of how a spiritual perspective has been helping Sentinel readers help others and make a contribution to healing some of the collective challenges facing communities today.

 

In recent years I have worked with several nonprofit groups to develop subsidized housing for persons with disabilities. Christian Science guides me in my working relationships with a wide variety of clients, including those who are considered mentally or physically disabled.

Most disabled persons want to be treated as ordinary people—like you and me. Christian Science gives me the understanding that each individual’s true spiritual identity is beautiful and whole, as God’s child. This understanding helps me to check paternalism and pity —which are often tied up in self and preoccupation with our own response—and replace them with normal, caring interaction.

When I start from the basis of individual spiritual perfection for everyone, I’m just not that impressed by the picture presented by the material senses. And my contacts with disabled people naturally fall into an ordinary, matter-of-fact pattern, and we can learn from each other. We can move forward together to find human needs met in a practical way. It often seems to me that God brings us together and we’re all blessed.

Overcoming discrimination against people with disabilities is an important part of today’s civil-rights movement. I have begun to recognize that my most important and lasting contribution to disabilityrights issues is my vigorous prayer. My quiet, spiritual affirmation of my own God-created perfection and my recognition of His ongoing support and protection of each of His children help everyone with whom I work. The spiritual strength in this prayer is what the Bible refers to as “treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt.” It’s really much more lasting than the housing I build.

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

II Corinthians 1:3, 4