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The Journal, Sentinel, and Herald—Feeding the Hungry
By David C. Kennedy
From the October 2014 issue of The Christian Science Journal
Mankind’s deepest hunger is spiritual. Whether it’s a longing for peace and security, a yearning for freedom, a simmering desperation over finances, or wanting to be healthy and happy—many of us are searching for something whose source is not found in the conventional view of life. We are, often without knowing it, seeking God. We are seeking the abundant goodness of ever-present Spirit, the comfort of unchanging divine Love.
Material systems look to matter as the source for health, happiness, and security because matter seems to be the source and controller of our lives. Yet many people’s hopes still go unfulfilled. The book of Jeremiah in the Bible poignantly describes what many encounter: “We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble!” (8:15).
Mary Baker Eddy speaks to the underlying problem in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “A mortal, corporeal, or finite conception of God cannot embrace the glories of limitless, incorporeal Life and Love. Hence the unsatisfied human craving for something better, higher, holier, than is afforded by a material belief in a physical God and man. The insufficiency of this belief to supply the true idea proves the falsity of material belief” (p. 258).
This “unsatisfied human craving” is what the Bible and Mrs. Eddy’s writings satisfy, through the inspired Word of God, which speaks through them, meeting each human need. This same message of Truth is what this magazine seeks to convey. The Christian Science Journal, theChristian Science Sentinel, and The Herald of Christian Science—periodicals established by Mrs. Eddy—feed us with a higher understanding of God. They promote healing by sharing what authors have gleaned from their study and practice of the truths found in the Bible and Mrs. Eddy’s writings.
This is far more, though, than authors communicating to readers. It is the Christ itself, ever-present Truth, quietly speaking to and transforming the thought of both authors and readers. It is the Holy Ghost—divine Science, or the spirit of Truth—operating in each one’s thought, to comfort and save. In this redeeming activity of divine Love there is no distinction between readers and authors, because all of us are turning to Spirit for healing. And all are being born again through spiritual growth.
In their mission to feed mankind spiritually, the Journal, Sentinel, and Herald each fulfills a particular purpose (see The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 353). TheJournal, Mrs. Eddy writes, is “to put on record the divine Science of Truth.”
Divine Science takes us beyond the impressions of the physical senses. If God is infinite Spirit, then each of us, as the very image of Spirit, must be
entirely spiritual, good, and free. Perfect Spirit could create nothing less. The expression of perfect Spirit could be nothing less.
Further, if God is the loving divine Principle of all being, then men and women are not helpless specks in a chaotic, sometimes lawless universe. They are the highest ideas of divine Love, held safely in the laws of Love that govern the universe, and they have God-given dominion. What’s more, the spiritual reality of our being can be proved here and now through the scientific system of healing discovered by Mrs. Eddy. Through articles that explain, and testimonies that provide present-day proofs, the Journal puts the truths of divine Science on record for the benefit of everyone.
The Sentinel is “to hold guard over Truth, Life, and Love.” The motto Mrs. Eddy placed on the cover is Jesus’ counsel, “What I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” That’s what a sentinel does—stand watch.
How deeply important to humanity’s welfare to have a magazine standing guard, watching to see that the healing currents of Life, Truth, and Love are not obscured or misrepresented by aggressive materialism or by the antagonism of the carnal mind toward infinite Spirit. The Sentinel stands up for the allness of God. It lovingly upholds the true idea of man, God’s image—affirming man’s purity and wholeness. It takes on the aggressive arguments that man is brutal, immoral, vulnerable, or sick. It shows such concepts of man to be error—misconceptions that seem solid and real but which the truth of being, understood, destroys.
The Herald is “to proclaim the universal activity and availability of Truth.”
Truth is indeed universal. The Christ is without borders, and it speaks to human consciousness everywhere, gently urging on us the realization that we are the very manifestation of God, radiating God’s perfection. Humanity’s innate spiritual sense—that hope-filled, promising evidence of each one’s real individuality—naturally responds to Truth. Ultimately, human ignorance of Truth cannot resist the transforming activity of the Christ, because Christ is the presence and power of omnipotent Love, whose untiring purpose is to heal and save. By regenerating individual thought, the leaven of Truth uplifts all cultures. It overturns whatever is limiting and strengthens whatever is based on spiritual good.
The individual missions of these periodicals blend as one in showing us the infinite applicability of divine Science to the needs, challenges, and deepest questions that we all face. Christ Jesus said, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6). Whether we are first-time readers or already have a deep familiarity with Christian Science, each of us can come and be fed according to our need, by the very truth that Jesus himself taught, embodied, and demonstrated.
The healing that flows from these periodicals is the effect of the Christ and the Holy Ghost, moving on the waters of human consciousness, fulfilling divine Love’s purpose for these invaluable magazines.
David C. Kennedy, Editor