Knowing that it was my day to send in a prayer in support of the Christian Science Eco Summit, this favorite old hymn (#218) came to thought, but with a new twist:
"O Life that maketh all things new,
The blooming earth...."
All right, I thought, these lines are about celebrating the renewal of affections, possibilities, resurrection - all this is regularly played out in the natural world. All of nature affirms our link to our Creator.
And then came the rest of the line "- the thoughts of men."
I had never thought of this before ....
Life is the impulse behind the thoughts of men (this term including all of mankind). Life demonstrates life. And so all the thoughts of all individuals are receptive to all that is Life-giving, Life- affirming.
The intelligence, balance, continuity, nourishment, shelter and self-regulating nature of Life is reflecting in all God's creation. And we are led toward an intelligent, balanced, and nourishing and self-sustaining solutions.
We are all blessed by and benefit by the ideas in the last part of this hymn:
"The freer step, the fuller breath,
The wide horizon’s grander view;
The sense of Life that knows no death,
—The Life that maketh all things new."
"Mind, God, sends forth the aroma of Spirit, the atmosphere of intelligence.*"
The natural world reflects intelligence - a balanced order of things. Divine Mind, another name for God, creates in a way that is sustainable, accessible, reliable. Mankind is an expression of this intelligence, and we can hold up a standard of sustainability, responsibility and dignity to all our actions.
Years ago, I worked with a friend to help develop his outdoor adventure business. The main activity was whitewater rafting and kayaking on a river where a large paper processing plant was situated. For years, the river was polluted and abused. But intelligent legislation and cooperation from the paper company led to the total renewal of the river.
As a result, the river had purified itself ( the self-renewing quality of Mind!) and was deemed safe for public recreation. What resulted was an increase of use on the river, which led to more people coming to the area, which improved the economic conditions and strengthened the protection of the river, as it was now seen as a valuable resource for the entire state.
Soon, that same area was attracting whitewater kayakers and racers from all over the world and became the site of several World Cup races.
Praying to see that the river was created and governed by the one Mind, the atmosphere of intelligence, removed any discouragement that the river was beyond hope. The negative buildup and pollution were literally flushed out with the caring and thoughtful actions of others, which led to bigger blessings to the river and to all who played on it and near it. I learned that we all thrive under "the atmosphere of intelligence."
*From Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p. 191
Kim C Korinek, CSB
banner photo (c) Micah Korinek; other photos by Gabe Korinek, Kim Korinek, Brad Crooks. Leslie Larsen (c) 2016