Mankind is going through a period of almost unprecedented turmoil. For decades, millions of otherwise good people have stood witness with bovine tranquility to humanity's sating of itself on greed, depravity, salacious pleasures, violence, cruelty, hatred, rape, murder, and anything that provided instant gratification. Now the tab, with its crushing gratuity added, has arrived at the table of men and nations. And few of us, perhaps, have hands that are wholly clean. The idol of the great deity Geegaw, once so devoutly worshipped, today stands in silent and sullen reproach, and the same venal politicians who helped create the crisis are being called on to alleviate the results of some of their own corruption.
If ever there were a time to heed the command of James 4:8, this is it: "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you." To make Sarah F. Adams' wonderful words (hymns 192/93) a constant companion isn't a bad idea either. Mrs. Eddy advises us in "Retrospection" (70: 18-19): "Each individual must fill his own niche in time and eternity." To undertake this duty would obviously provide every one of us with full-time employment, with guaranteed overtime, and help lift our troubled thoughts above the unholy spectacle unfolding before us. As we purge our thoughts of every insidious particle of error hiding there we not only bring healing Truth to our own experience, but to the Church and world as well. A consciousness spiritualized is the reign of God made manifest.