Halloween decor inspirations

Near Halloween, folks around here like to decorate.  They display multiple pumpkins, gigantic spiders, inflated Frankensteins, and anything else they think fits into ghoulish fun.  I passed a mailbox recently that had some décor that offered me some spiritual insight.  Hanging by its tail off this mailbox was a “dead rat”.  This “dead rat” was obviously a stuffed animal.  It never had been a live rat.  It never was a dead rat.  It was just the expression of a concept—yucky dead rat.

This made me think: man is not a dead rat.  Nor is he a live rat.  He is not a rat at all!  More significantly, man is not a mortal.  He is not a live, healthy mortal, nor is he a sadly dead mortal.  He is not an in-trouble mortal.  He is not a sick, diseased, or stressed mortal. He is not mortal, ever.  That “dead rat” hanging from that mailbox hadn’t ever been a “live rat”.  It never was a genuine rat at all.  Man is not a mortal!

“Man is idea, the image, of Love; he is not physique.  He is the compound idea of God, including all right ideas….”  (Science and Health, by Mary Baker Eddy, pg. 475:13-16)  This is the accurate and everlasting statement of man’s being.  Man never left God for residence or penalty in matter.

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