Feed My Sheep, by Mary Baker Eddy
Shepherd, show me how to go
O’er the hillside steep,
How to gather, how to sow,–
How to feed Thy sheep;
I will listen for Thy voice,
Lest my footsteps stray;
I will follow and rejoice
All the rugged way.
Thou wilt bind the stubborn will,
Wound the callous breast,
Make self-righteousness be still,
Break earth’s stupid rest.
Strangers on a barren shore,
Lab’ring long and lone,
We would enter by the door,
And Thou know’st Thine own;
So, when day grows dark and cold,
Tear or triumph harms,
Lead Thy lambkins to the fold,
Take them in Thine arms;
Feed the hungry, heal the heart,
Till the morning’s beam;
White as wool, ere they depart,
Shepherd, wash them clean.
Peace Pilgrim wrote in Her Life and Work in Her Own Words: “Those who wish to choose peace must act meaningfully for peace. And become a part of the stirring and awakening which has begun and is accelerating.”
The subject of peace requires ongoing modification. True peace isn’t human beings getting along, but is love and faith in action.
Human beings have a track record of not getting along. Fear, greed, and envy provoke hatred and peace falls apart. But, it’s just as bad as going along with fear, greed, envy and fear in order not to rock the boat. But, some boat rocking is sometimes necessary to attain spiritual peace.
If we need to stop being at peace with a bad habit, or if we need to confront a blathering co-worker, or if we need to take a stand for integrity, it may feel unpeaceful. But we can think on what Jesus was reported to have said in John 14:1, 27-28 (ESV)
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. 28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.”
Our Parent is divine Love. The faith of Love is extraordinary and clear. We can trust the words and actions of love to restore spiritual peace, even if it disturbs our human situation temporarily. God is greater, Love prevails.
With the growing body of evidence that life existed before human beings, we can admit that even if human beings annihilated one another, life would go on.
With my practice of identifying life with God, rather than functioning bodies and human minds, I catch a glimpse of that which gives us purpose. It is our spirituality that offers purpose in life, the home, and at the work place.
Here is an interesting comment made by Peter Drucker in his book, The Daily Drucker, “The individual needs the return to spiritual values, for he can survive in the present human situation only by reaffirming that man is not just a biological and physiological being but also a spiritual being, that is, creature, and existing for the purposes of his Creator and subject to Him. Only thus can the individual know that the threat of instant physical annihilation of the species does not invalidate his own existence, its meaning, and its responsibility.”
From 21st Century Science and Health, “The infinite never began and it will never end. Mind and its formations can never be annihilated. God’s child is not on a roller coaster, reeling between evil and good, joy and sorrow, sickness and health, life and death. Life and its faculties are not measured by calendars. The perfect and spiritual are the eternal likeness of their Maker.”
Wording to the American Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag has been altered since its inception in 1892. Socialist minister, Francis Bellamy (1855-1931) originally published a shorter version in The Youth’s Companion.
In 1923, the words, “the Flag of the United States of America” were added.
In 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words “under God,” creating the 31-word pledge we say today:
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
As a news reporter who covers town meetings, I stand with my right hand over my heart and repeat the Pledge of Allegiance frequently. Some people choose not to. Others choose to say the pledge but not the words, “under God.” That is their right and I’m thankful Americans have that choice.
The word God carries diverse undertones and meanings. God, to me, is love, love itself. With Flag Day, June 14, 2014, I can appreciate thinking on a A nation “under love.”