Monthly Prayer Topic

Acceptance

The word accept has a wide range of meaning. We can receive something, give approval, recognise as true, or agree to undertake a responsibility. As a follow-up to last month’s topic of change, let’s explore what it is involved in accepting a new view that will improve our lives. Jacob, who wrestled the night long with his fears in anticipation of meeting his brother Esau after years of estrangement, triumphed both in his willingness to change and his readiness to embrace a new understanding of himself. At the crucial moment of self-realization, Jacob made an important decision. Mrs. Eddy, in Science and Health, says this, “Then said the spiritual evangel: "Let me go, for the day breaketh;" that is, the light of Truth and Love dawns upon thee. But the patriarch, perceiving his error and his need of help, did not loosen his hold upon this glorious light until his nature was transformed.” (SH 308:23-28) When we recognise a truth about ourselves, we then must live it and be it. Like Jacob, let us be transformed as we move forward. During June, the Reading Room has given us the topic acceptance to study.