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    Kari O.

    This morning I felt compelled to do some work with “tyranny”. What is it? I looked up the definition and its synonyms and antonyms. Of course, tyranny appears to be going on “out there”, but that is illusion. I need to handle it in my own thought. Some synonyms for tyranny include dictatorship, oppression, reign of terror, maltreatment, one-man rule, coercion, abuse, control, and hardship. These are counterfeits. Just like counterfeit dollar bills. They are not real, not created by God, and are absolutely powerless. They are not in or of God’s child. The antonyms of tyranny include, liberty, compassion, fruit of the spirit, self-government, considerateness, friendliness, disentanglement, and favor. These are the realities. These are attributes of our Creator which man includes in his being. This reminds me of Jesus’ declaration, “The kingdom of God is within you.” I continued the research and found a few passages that clarified this subject. Tyranny does not include “one iota of power. Then seen as the myth it is, it is seen as completely powerless, whether practiced between individuals or nations.” And, “Mind is not divided into a lot of little minds. Mind is reflected.” (Love-The Antidote for Tyranny by Gladys C. Girard, Oct. 26, 1968, Christian Science Sentinel) Edward Kimball writes, “There is no power in anger, ill temper, scorn or contempt. There is no power in prejudice or superstition. There is no power in selfishness, envy, jealousy, pride, hate malice or revenge. I am a law against all that is false and foolish and I declare the influence of all such passions null and void in me. I declare all such passions powerless to harm any one.” (Quenching the Fiery Darts of the Wicked – From Teaching and addresses by Edward Kimball)


    Thank you for your post. This post along with a letter read from a Ukrainian soldier, at this morning’s Round Table Discussion, prompted me to submit this post and join in sharing one of the ways I have been praying this week about the war in Ukraine. The story of Hezekiah, in our Lesson, wonderfully illustrates what happens to the tyrant and one of my favorite verses is something Hezekiah says, “With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles.” (II Chronicles 32:8) It puts things into perspective. Mrs. Eddy states in Science and Health in the Chapter on Genesis (page 508) that the “seed is in itself” and “The only intelligence or substance of a thought, a seed, or a flower is God, the creator of it. Mind is the Soul of all. Mind is Life, Truth, and Love which governs all.” So armed with Hezekiah and Mrs. Eddy, my prayer takes shape in knowing that ‘the seed’ in all men respond to messages from their Father-Mother; thoughts of goodness; thoughts of righteousness; thoughts of brotherly love; and thoughts about what is just and right. Those messages are the great reformers and restorers of right, representing God with us, ‘fighting our battles’ by uplifting thought.

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