The devil will permit me to accept the notion that I am God's perfect spiritual reflection provided I continue to receive and read the business mail he sends to my address. There is no better time than now to send that foul stuff back to him stamped "Return to Sender". Even his tempting holiday specials with 0% APR for 60 months need to be rejected without even a curious peek at the exciting details. They may sound attractive, but so does a con man to a rube.
Some current tv ad slogans are worth thinking about vis-a-vis the Adversary's persistent appeals to "Come on down" as a car dealer used to say nightly. Two are from the same company, Capital One (credit cards), I think: "Don't leave home without it" and "What's in your wallet?" If I leave home without doing adequate protective work or without a solid spiritual sense of God with me, I'm leaving the mail box open to receive whatever the letter carrier, like the cat, brings. I'd also be foolish not to have God always in my mental wallet. I don't ever go out without my credit card, so why should I leave something vastly more important at home? Some of us might be chagrined to find out what is in our wallet (our consciousness) as we head out the door.
The third slogan is from an auto manufacturer, I think: "Expect more". I know, first, I need to expect more from myself. I can be a better Christian Scientist, a better healer, a better church member, and maybe even a better contributor to the periodicals. I can also rightly expect better from others and work to appreciate their sincere efforts to do good. Obviously, however, a tentative or doubting faith or expectation is not going to be a flood tide that will lift a Styrofoam cup. The needs of mankind, and even Christian Scientists are great, and, perforce, our prayerful work must be up to the need. "When the destination is desirable, expectation speeds our progress." (S&H 426: 8-9)
Note: The poem in the previous entry was a fresh effort. I do not intend for now to revisit earlier (sometimes rejected submissions to CSPS) poems, which go back now 10-15 years. For me, poetry is quite labor, and hence time, intensive. I'll see what the stork of inspiration brings.