“…White as wool, ere they depart,
Shepherd, wash them clean,”
Mary Baker Eddy, Poems 14:23-24
A fresh start, a clean slate, a New Year, a new decade. Such ideas hold great promise for everyone. Surely the world yearns for the ability and the occasion to start anew. Who would not wish to find himself or herself figuratively washed “white as wool?”
This is the hope inherent in the teachings of Christian Science, so lovingly expressed by Mary Baker Eddy in her poem entitled “Feed My Sheep,” referenced above. We learn that the tender ministrations of our heavenly Father-Mother God offer us the very ability and the opportunity for which we long. We can leave behind past errors, mistakes, regrets, sadness, disillusionment, burdens, illness etc. – when we turn to our loving Shepherd to “wash [us] clean.” The New Year offers the happy symbolic moment to start fresh.
We have a wonderful Biblical assurance of success in this clear view of the loving nature of our Father-Mother God:
“Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee
with lovingkindness and tender mercies;”
Dedicated Christian Science nurses, Christian Science practitioners and students of Christian Science find this understanding of divine Love a firm basis for a fresh start, a clean unwritten page.
Happy New Year, Happy Fresh Start!
Marivic B. Mabanag