By Jillie Webbe
From the October 2018 issue of The Christian Science Journal
One day, after hearing more news about disagreement and impasse in negotiations between countries and leaders, I finally asked myself, “What’s needed here? What can I do to help bring unity and agreement to these meetings?”
The answer came, “What’s needed is spiritual mediation right where there seems to be confrontation.” But what is spiritual mediation? I knew that it didn’t have to do with believing in spirits, or anything otherworldly. But it had everything to do with the one divine Spirit, God.
The Bible says, “There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (I Timothy 2:5). Then I discovered this statement from Mary Baker Eddy’s book No and Yes: “Jesus cast out evils, mediating between what is and is not, until a perfect consciousness is attained” (p. 31).
The idea came that I could hold in thought that the mediating spiritual presence of the Christ, God’s healing message of love for all, is already there, firmly in place, providing right ideas at any meeting or summit. It makes no difference whether there are two people or many negotiating—our job in our prayers is to make sure we acknowledge the reality and presence of the Christ!
In the Bible there’s a story of three Hebrew men put into a fiery furnace for refusing to worship a golden idol. But King Nebuchadnezzar, the one who had them put there, observed: “Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?… Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God” (Daniel 3:24, 25).
While this was before Jesus’ time, the saving Christ was present—as it is today. Holding to this can take discipline and faith, but the more I open my thought to the Christ, I find I’m getting better at feeling and acknowledging Christ’s presence more consistently. It’s certainly bringing more peace to my thought. And I know its reach is unlimited.