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Accessing Your Un-limited Resources   Leave a comment

Beth2A ps JuneWe invite you to follow this link to a special talk.  This lecture by Beth Packer, a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, outlines how anyone can access unlimited supply. It is entitled Accessing Your Un-limited Resources and explores ideas on how to transform material limitations by accessing infinite spiritual solutions.

You might ask yourself….

Am I looking for a job or a better one?

Am I worried about the international budgetary restraints?

Am I under personal financial pressure?

What if we could tap in to unlimited resources?

You can find out how your needs can be matched by supply by checking out Beth Packer’s inspirational lecture.

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Gratitude That Heals   Leave a comment

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For years I had no working concept of God, at least not one that satisfied my yearning and yet was answerable to reason.  The anthropomorphic God of my childhood had stopped seeming credible to me once I reached high school. 

I searched world religions and philosophies for decades until finally settling into an uneasy truce with this apparently unknown and inaccessible being.

Then the tragic loss of a friend shattered this standoff, and the timeless question of why bad things happen to good people demanded an answer.  During this time another friend shared some thoughts about God as not someone who had to be pleased or appeased, but as infinite, divine Love, as Principle.  And I realized that a God that is pure Love and unchanging Principle does not force tragedy upon us, but rather rescues us from it.  And this concept of God became alive and meaningful to me.  This understanding of God restored my faith in good, and for that I am deeply grateful.

I certainly have many reasons to feel grateful, which I celebrate quietly in my own thought, and by directly thanking those for whom I am grateful.  I am often awed and humbled by stores about kind and selfless acts done on behalf of others, sometimes by persons unknown.  And there must be thousands upon thousands of good deeds, both untold and unacknowledged, occurring daily.

So Thanksgiving Day to me has always seemed like the most important of holidays, a day in which to step back acknowledge all the good in the world, obvious or not.

How does one do that? I learned a good lesson about this from a friend who was healed in childhood more than 50 years ago of a crippling disease through Christian Science treatment.  She’s been asked by a Christian Science practitioner who was praying for her to take inventory of everything she could think of to be grateful for.  One item that stood out from her list was the “sidewalk outside her window” because even though she couldn’t walk on it, other people could.  And so she was grateful on their behalf.

I can only guess what else showed up on my friend’s list, and I recall her saying it became a very long list indeed.  She improved until all evidence of the ailment disappeared, never to return.  But the gratitude and the simple practice of acknowledging it has remained with her to this day.

Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, wrote, “Are we really grateful for the good already received?  Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more” (“Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”, p3). These ideas remind me to take inventory of all the blessings in my life, great and small; to acknowledge good; and to expect the continuation of good.

So every day I add to my own gratitude list.  At the top of that list is my gratitude for the reawakening in my awareness of the presence of God, always with me.  And on Thanksgiving I gratefully acknowledge, in the timeless words of George Washington’s original Thanksgiving Proclamation, “that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.”

The full text of this article by Joan Furlong was originally published in the Christian Science Monitor – A Christian Science Perspective – November 21, 2011.

Everyone is welcome to join in giving gratitude for blessings received at the Thanksgiving service being held at 6.00 pm at the Christian Science Church on the corner of Macquarie & Bligh Streets in Barton.

Posted November 19, 2013 by cscanberra in Gratitude, Thanksgiving Service

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Worldwide Gratitude   Leave a comment

$ dreamstime_7479511In the United States, Thanksgiving is usually identified with a traditional, national celebration. It’s an essential feature of the nation’s historical heritage, with understandably special meaning for its citizens. The celebration is also a deliberate focus of thought on gratitude for God’s goodness.  Australia doesn’t have a designated “Thanksgiving Day” on its calendar. … As an Australian, I give gratitude each day for the fact that God is always with us. It’s a moment-by-moment activity. I listen prayerfully to the good thoughts that divine Love is always communicating to me. And I’m sure that I’m not the only citizen doing this.  Read more …

This article, Worldwide Gratitude, was originally published in the Christian Science SentinelNovember 22, 2004.  It is currently available through JHS-Online.

Posted November 19, 2013 by cscanberra in Gratitude

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Children Develop Spirituality   Leave a comment

shutterstock_123166411A research on Google reveals a multitude of studies that make links between student academic success and the development of spirituality in a religious context.

Studies have found those with gratitude are more likely to have a high grade point average.”

Children who are encouraged to know their spiritual identity find a valuable poise reflected in both academic and secular activities.  In general, students are found to be more successful, resilient and happy.

There have also been studies by psychologists and sociologists on gratitude.  According to the Christian Science Monitor, if you’re grateful, you are more likely to be happy.

It stated that grateful people are more helpful, more satisfied with life and have better friendships.  It said studies have found those with gratitude are more likely to have a higher grade point average.  They tend to be healthier both physically and mentally.

At the Christian Science Sunday School, gratitude for good is fostered along with deep reflection on the nature of God as a law of eternal truth, as well as an all-encompassing divine love.

The Sunday School operates around small discussion groups with students, up to the age of 20, who are encouraged to discover and demonstrate more of their spiritual self as described in the Bible.

Choosing a religious educational context for children is important. It can encourage the life of the child and the community. To find out more about the Christians Science Sunday School in Canberra visit the Christian Science Canberra website.

God’s Children: Responsive, Not Rebellious   Leave a comment

$ dreamstime_2626206As a young parent, I so wanted the best for my children, as do all parents. I wanted them to be successful in life and to wisely govern themselves. In raising my children I often turned to Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy for guidance. One of the many statements I took to heart reads: “Children should obey their parents; insubordination is an evil, blighting the buddings of self-government” (p236).  Since I knew how important it was for all of us to obey our divine Parent, our heavenly Father’s laws outlined in the Ten Commandments (see Exodus 20: 2-17) and Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (see Matthew 5-7) I felt it must be equally important for our kids to obey the rules patterned after those laws in our home—to not tell lies or hurt others, but to treat them kindly; to respect others’ property; to share; to be gentle, courteous, and helpful; in short, live the Golden Rule (see Luke 6: 31)—doing “unto others as we would have them do unto us” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, (p497).  Not only would that help them as adults, but it would also make family life happier, more peaceful, orderly, productive, the way we’d all like it to be! But the big question was, How could I best aid my children along these lines? How could I help them be responsive to the rules they needed to follow, rather than rebellious?

This article, God’s Children: Responsive, Not Rebellious, by Glory Holzworth was originally published in the September 30 2013 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.  The full article can be accessed via JHS-online .

Kids, Parents and Teachers Talk About Safety at School   Leave a comment

skateboard_lHere in Australia, where the school year starts in February, rather than in September as it does in many other countries, kids want to learn in a safe and caring environment. Parents want to feel confident that their children won’t be in danger while at school. Teachers want to do their work free from harm. Issues of safety can vary from country to country. And methods for achieving security at school may differ. But many who are involved in education are finding practical spirituality to be especially helpful.

This article, Kids, Parents and Teachers Talk About Safety at School, by Beverley Goldsmith was originally published in April 2002 issue of The Christian Science Journal.  It contains comments from children, parents and teachers regarding the practical benefits of spirituality. The full article is currently available on JHS-online.

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