March 2, 2016

Putting this lesson together reminded me of children’s dance lessons years ago. In order to do a pirouette (spinning around in a circle on your toes in ballet), you are supposed to always spot —meaning pick a point of reference before you spin that your eyes can come back to. Focus your eyes there at the beginning of your turn, and bring your head back to that same spot at the end of the turn. Otherwise, you would be making yourself dizzy and spinning all over the floor. This concept of focusing for balance can be applied to many other sports, and so I’ve included a lovely poem about skating and its perfect balance, that God-centered equipoise.

Here’s an excerpt from a Journal article about this:

Because Jesus, our Way-shower, put all weight on the side of good, he struck a sound equilibrium between his faithfulness to divine realities and demands, and his response to apparently human demands made on him. He found time in his Spirit-focused life to go to a wedding when it was appropriate for him to do so.3 He showed an effective balance between the time he spent alone in thought and prayer4 and the time he spent with his disciples and the general public. He had a sensitive agreement, too, between speaking and being silent.

Sound balance doesn’t mean setting up a modus vivendi between total opposites, as between Spirit and matter, since the two are mutually exclusive. It doesn’t mean a state of equilibrium between the mortal and the divine, since they are wholly different—the unreal and the real. But there is a spiritual sense of proportion that ought to be evident in our living. We find it by keeping the realities of Spirit uppermost in our thinking. This leads to moderation in our opinions, to our curbing of extreme points of view and actions, while leading us to make more intelligent and fair judgments. (“For better balanced lives — less and more,” Geoffrey J. Barratt, June 1998 issue of The Christian Science Journal).

The Bible readings are mostly from the book of Amos who was a prophet of social justice. I’ve included a Bible notes page about Amos because comparing his struggles with today’s political climate is quite insightful.

Also, we’ve been readings testimonies from other people in the “Fruitage” chapter, but did you know that Mrs. Eddy gave a lengthy testimony in Science and Health about dyspepsia using the third person?  The link to that podcast,”MBE mentioned Sylvester Graham,” is included as well.

And I love these readings of Proverbs 16:11:

“A just weight and balance are the Lord’s: all the weights of the bag are his work.” King James

“God cares about honesty in the workplace; your business is his business.” The Message

Yes, we are all in God’s pocket!  So, perhaps you thought this Wednesday’s readings were just going to be about standing on our tiptoes, but we all need balance — whether in sports, social justice, governmental checks-and-balances, checkbooks, or in body. Balance truly is our center and circumference, our God-center and our God-focus.