When I heard, “Mama, will you have lunch with me on Wednesday?” I had to smile. Here she is – growing up, experiencing new things and seeming to not need me so much…yet, she wants me to have lunch with her at her school. “Sure!” I replied. Over the course of the next couple of days, she asked me several more times if I was certain I could have lunch with her, specifically on Wednesday. Finally, I began to realize there was more to this than just her need to have takeout for lunch. Upon further questioning, I discovered that last week I had kept the Math workbook home because she had work to be completed by this week. I didn’t realize she had other work to do during the school day that would require that workbook. Her teacher was angry that she did not have the notebook to work along with the class. Because of this, she received a disciplinary “dot” for the week. And, this Wednesday, all those students with spotless weeks (no dots) were permitted to eat their lunch in the classroom. As it turned out, she was the only girl who was not going to be able to eat in the classroom. All because of me, she was being punished and would have to eat alone. “It’s not fair!” she insisted. And, I kinda have to agree with her on that. At the same time, I knew this was a perfect opportunity to teach her something about healing injustices.
Perhaps there is no greater need today than to correct all the wrongs in the world. Humanitarian and human rights organizations are searching for ways of reform all over the world. Some point to ills of poverty, while others focus on crime, war, dictatorships, and the inhumanity of men. How can we best help to correct human injustices? We can start by acknowledging that man is not governed by mortal forces or laws that divide into groups where some are considered better or stronger than others. In Christian Science, in Miscellaneous Writings, by Mary Baker Eddy, we read: “This so-called force, or law, at work in nature as a power, prohibition, or license is cruel and merciless. It punishes the innocent, and repays our best deeds with sacrifice and suffering.” We can acknowledge that God’s law of Love is indeed operating in all the injustices of the world. Mrs. Eddy also said in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Love is the fulfilling of the law: it is grace, mercy, and justice.” All of God’s children are held in the bonds of Love and are never outside the law of Love, no matter how grave the situation seems. And, the law of Love does not bless one at the expense of another. In the Bible, Galations 5:14, “All the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” This law is a law of harmony to the whole world. It demands that we all love one another. And, it is this love that brings about justice and compassion where injustice and hatred seem to be. The words “It’s not fair!” ring out from Darfur to Iraq to Egypt to Yemin to North & South Korea to even small Appalachian towns in the United States. What better way to be a humanitarian and pray for the destruction of human ills than by starting with actively loving our neighbor? Right thinking for all mankind will lead the way to divine justice where all men can live in perfect brotherhood and in peace.
Back to my story….It was a great lunch. And, guess what?? Our healing thoughts about the situation turned it around. When I arrived, burritos in hand, the teacher greeted me and told me they would postpone the classroom eating day until next week because “something came up” with another teacher. By then, my daughter will be on the positive side again with her “dots” and she can eat in the classroom with everyone else. In the meantime, we had a lovely lunch together and an opportunity to prove there is no injustice too small for the law of Love to heal!