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Uncluttering what really counts   Leave a comment

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Get inspired to unclutter your mental thought cupboard, holding on to only those thoughts that are grounded in God, good – the only real thoughts that do give joy.

Click here to listen to this Daily Lift by Mary Beattie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answers that fully satisfy and deeply bless   1 comment

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When I was in middle school, I began asking deeper and deeper questions about God. I had been given a Bible, which I revered greatly, but I didn’t really understand it, although I loved the psalms and parts of Isaiah.

Every evening when I was a young child, my mom would recite the Lord’s Prayer and a little poem I later discovered had been written by Mary Baker Eddy called “Mother’s New Year Gift to the Little Children” (see Poems, p. 69). I loved this, but otherwise I was left to seek answers on my own.

During this time, I began playing the violin, and I loved it so much that I went to a summer music camp. At this camp we lived in cabins, and one of my cabin mates became a friend, who one day said something about a religion I knew nothing about. She told me that when she was born, it appeared that she had been stillborn, but her parents had prayed and she had lived. She also shared that she had been healed of eyesight difficulties without medical treatment. She explained that these healings had come about because of the ideas in a book called Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

As I sat next to her asking questions about all this, I looked out over the hillside and had a vision I will never forget of the world from a higher perspective—and this perspective gave me an inkling of the allness of God, Spirit. I saw clearly that there were infinite possibilities I had never imagined……

After I went home, I begged my mom to take me to the branch Church of Christ, Scientist, in our town that my friend attended. I started attending Sunday School there, where I spent the hour peppering the teacher with questions.

The answers he shared each week opened my thought to the rock-solid, immediately applicable expanse of God’s love, and this so fully satisfied and deeply blessed me that my demeanor of glumness and depression changed to one of joy and happiness…..

I’m still asking questions, but more and more I just ask God and study Science and Health, other writings by Mrs. Eddy, and of course the Bible, letting them speak the answers to my heart. What a sense of peace these answers bring! They are deep and broad, healing the heart’s great needs.

 

 

Sunday School – to find deep answers that nourish the heart

All are welcome in our Christian Science Sunday School in Canberra which is located on the corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets in Barton and operates from 10.00-11.00 am every Sunday.

Posted August 17, 2018 by cscanberra in Sunday School

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Health you can never lose   Leave a comment

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 “It might seem perfectly logical to say that health resides in one’s physical body— that it’s a kind of personal possession. I caught a clearer glimpse of these concepts when I was watching a sunset recently.”

 

Listen to Chet Manchester’s Daily Lift to hear his insights that came to him about a different kind of health here

 

Posted August 11, 2018 by cscanberra in Daily Lift, Health

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Sunday School saved me   Leave a comment

Playing Guitar      When I was a teenager, my mother passed on and my father remarried. Adjusting to this was very difficult for me, and I descended into depression. The problem was not diagnosed, as it rarely was in those days, but I struggled with a great sadness that led to reckless behavior.

Living in a large cosmopolitan city, I found many opportunities to put myself in harm’s way. Nights often found me wandering alone, and it was easy to get lost in the city and meet people who would take advantage of a lonely girl. … More often than I care to recall, I put myself in dangerous situations, basically asking, waiting, for something to happen.

Only recently have I realized, with deep gratitude, how remarkable it is that I never met with violence during those wilderness years or fell victim to any unsavory behavior. Neither was I lured into the common pitfalls of drinking, smoking, or doing drugs. I credit Christian Science for this protection, because during this period I was attending a Christian Science Sunday School.

I loved the concept of God as both Father and Mother, from whom I could never be separated.

Looking back on my first experience of the Sunday School some years earlier, I remember seeing the words in golden letters high on the wall, “God is Love.” These words were simple and immediate, and I could grasp them. Thus began a growing understanding of God as divine Love and of my own identity as a spiritual idea of Love. The God I was learning about was not wrathful or punishing, but tender and caring.

And a new understanding of man—of myself and of everyone—as God’s perfect reflection gave me hope. This was not a view of man as a condemned sinner, but as the pure and innocent child of God.

I didn’t grasp much of Science and Health at first, but when I found sentences that spoke to me, I clung to them. For example, …“To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings” (p. vii). However tenuous my grasp of Christian Science seemed at that point, it was an anchor for hope, a possible way out of the disarray and fear I felt.

With continued prayer and growth in Christian Science, the relentless despair gradually lost its grip on me, and my careless behavior stopped as well.

When I think of those wandering years now, I’m reminded of Psalm 139: “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me” (verses 7–10).

 

Sunday School – Nurturing Qualities that Make the World a Better Place

All are welcome in our Christian Science Sunday School in Canberra which is located on the corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets in Barton and operates from 10.00-11.00 am every Sunday.

 

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