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The Grace of Gratitude   Leave a comment

beverley-beddoes-mills-csb_smallA 12 minute audio podcast by Beverley Beddoes-Mills.

Beverley is a full-time Christian Science healer and a teacher of Christian Science from Sydney.

In this podcast Beverley talks about the spiritual importance of gratitude and its healing effects.  She gives an example from her own life of how gratitude for God’s infinite goodness can transform even situations that seem to be hopeless.

Follow this link to listen:  The Grace of Gratitude.

 

 

Gratitude for Lessons from Nature   Leave a comment

shutterstock_75963259On Thursday 19 November a Thanksgiving Service was held by the members of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  Many in the congregation gave thanks for the good in their lives:

Gratitude always comes to mind when moving in nature and having close contact with the animal kingdom as there is a certain sense of a universal language of good.

At the moment we are enjoying two horses grazing our paddocks.  Last autumn one of them hobbled around on three legs and seemed to be in pain.  I spoke to the owner, someone who informed me that she could not afford a vet and could not do anything for the horse.  The condition worsened and the leg became very swollen and the horse lost all ability to move around.

When I became aware of this situation early one morning, I felt very alarmed, then went into the house to pray until I saw the right idea of horse. By this I mean that I cleared my consciousness of all that my physical senses were telling me about the situation and instead affirmed the true nature of a horse being foremost a spiritual idea held in a state of perfection within the thought of infinite Mind or God. I spent the next few hours in study of the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy and regained a clearer conviction of the eternal Truth that:  God saw every thing that he had made, and behold, it was very good (Gen 1: 31).

I also felt the need to pray about home and harmony and became totally absorbed in this Truth of an infinite Love caring for the whole of the universe.  The sense that every idea was cared for replaced the dismay I had felt about the sight of this innocent creature.

In the evening both horses were grazing next to each other, the leg soon took on a normal appearance and there was no further difficulty.  Several people commented about this surprising change.

This testimony was submitted by CN of Canberra.

Gratitude for Healing and God’s Abundance   Leave a comment

shutterstock_142676716On Thursday 19 November a Thanksgiving Service was held by the members of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  Many in the congregation gave thanks for the good in their lives:

Very recently I was listening to a Christian Science lecture in which the speaker outlined a wonderful example of problem solving through prayer, and then went on to share her awe at the overwhelming abundance of the divine solution.

This brought vividly to my mind the first time I experienced this divine ‘extra’ in an answer to my prayer.  I was staying alone in an absent friend’s home when over several days I found myself feeling sicker and sicker and weaker and worrying about how I was to get home.

Finally, I looked in a Christian Science Journal for the name and number of a local Christian Science practitioner to help me through prayer.  She so readily and lovingly took me under her spiritual wing.  I don’t remember now whether the healing took 2 or 3 days but completely healed I certainly was, for which I felt much gratitude, but not surprise, because new as I was to Christian Science, I’d already learned enough to know God’s readiness and love and power were always there.  The dazzling remembrance that sprang to my mind when His abundant good was illustrated in the lecture was my trip home a day later.  When I presented myself at the airport the clerk said – completely out of the blue – that my seat had been up graded to first class!

Something which had, and has, never happened to me before or since.

A God … abundant in loving kindness and truth (Exodus 34: 6).

This testimony was contributed by FM of Canberra.

The Power of Gratitude   Leave a comment

$ dreamstime_9118465It has been proven to me time and time again that nothing lifts our spirits or lightens our burdens like gratitude. Recent books on the subject and reports in the media indicate that many others are finding this to be true. In an article published two years ago in The New York Times, John Tierney writes, “Cultivating an ‘attitude of gratitude’ has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others …” (“A Serving of Gratitude May Save the Day,” November 21, 2011).  … Read more …

The full text of this thoughtful article, The Power of Gratitude by Pamela McKnight, can be found on JHS-online by following this link.  In it she relates how her days and moments have been lifted and brightened by learning to give thanks for the little as well as the big things.

Want to be Healthier? Say Thanks!   Leave a comment

shutterstock_100186745A special day for thanksgiving hasn’t really caught on in Australia yet, although other parts of the world celebrate it around this time of year. However, it may be time to consider its inclusion as part of a preventative approach to health care, because gratitude is so good for you.

In his inspiring book, Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, psychologist Robert Emmons cites research that found saying “thank you” measurably increases our happiness and health. He refers to an earlier study published in 2003 in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology that found that participants who kept weekly ‘gratitude journals’ felt better about their lives as a whole and were more optimistic about the coming week. They also reported fewer physical symptoms, and lower levels of depression and stress than people who are not grateful.

I’ve noticed that gratitude is often the catalyst that brings healing into my life, too. For instance, stress and anxiety have lessened when I’ve changed a resentful attitude to being thankful for someone’s creativity, intelligence or community-mindedness; or when I’ve stopped belittling myself and been grateful instead for my unique abilities.

To feel thankful, you must consciously stop the insistent negative whirring in your head, be still and replace that negativity. Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts, suggests spiritual thinker, Mary Baker Eddy in her primary work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (p261).

Like many others, I can relate to the connection between a grateful heart and a healthy body. But for me it goes even deeper than that.

As a practitioner of Christian Science, I’ve found that gratitude is more than now-and-then positive thinking or a verbal expression of thanks. To make a difference, it needs to be shown in greater patience, humility and good deeds.

As such, it forms part of a preventative approach to healthcare and becomes a natural, foundational part of life, inextricably linked to consistent health.

Could it be that we have more control over our health than previously thought? And, if so, are there other qualities of thought besides gratitude that we could and perhaps should be cultivating?

This article was contributed by Kay Stroud of Queensland. Kay is a freelance writer and researcher on the connection between spirituality and health. Her blog can be read at: http://www.health4thinkers.com/ .

If you are in Canberra on Thursday 19 November join us at 6.00 pm (corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets, Barton) for our annual Thanksgiving Service.  Everyone is welcome.

Arise, Shine For Thy Light Has Come   Leave a comment

shutterstock_41641243Arise, Shine For Thy Light Has Come – Readings from the Bible and the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.  (The Bible – Isaiah 60: 1)

Every Wednesday at 6.00 pm a Testimony Meeting is held at the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  Each meeting begins with readings selected from the two books designated as the Pastor of Christian Science: The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker  A new topic for the readings is selected each week.

At the conclusion of the short readings the congregation is invited to share thoughts on this topic and relate how they have used the principles of Christian Science to solve life’s problems and bring physical healing.

If you are in Canberra on any Wednesday please join us. Everyone is welcome.

This recording represents the readings on the topic:  Arise, Shine Thy Light Has Come.

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