Although the holiday was yesterday, I hope you’ll appreciate the following guest post from my friend and colleague, Eric Nelson in Northern California.
As I was thinking about today’s celebration of Martin Luther King, it occurred to me that he and Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, had something pretty significant in common – other than the fact that they are both generally referred to by all three of their names.
Both Martin Luther King and Mary Baker Eddy had a dream. Most of us are familiar with Dr. King’s vision:
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
“I have a dream that one day… little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”
And so on …
But far fewer of us are familiar with Mary Baker Eddy’s equally ambitious vision. In her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, she writes:
“Truth’s immortal idea is sweeping down the centuries, gathering beneath its wings the sick and sinning. My weary hope tries to realize that happy day, when man shall recognize the Science of Christ and love his neighbor as himself, — when he shall realize God’s omnipotence and the healing power of the divine Love in what it has done and is doing for mankind. The promises will be fulfilled. The time for the reappearing of the divine healing is throughout all time; and whosoever layeth his earthly all on the altar of divine Science, drinketh of Christ’s cup now, and is endued with the spirit and power of Christian healing.”
In short, Mary Baker Eddy’s dream – indeed, her divinely inspired vision – was that someday we would all be healers.
Just as Dr. King’s comments were not targeted at people of a particular race, so, too, Mrs. Eddy’s hope was not just for those calling themselves “Christian Scientists.” Both were keenly aware that their vision included all humanity regardless of race, color, or religious creed.
Today I celebrate the dream of Dr. King, the hope of Mrs. Eddy, and the promise for all mankind.