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Divine distancing isn’t possible!   Leave a comment

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If we’re feeling the pull of loneliness during these times of isolation and quarantine, it’s worth considering what God’s biblical promise, “I will not leave thee,” can mean for us today.

Lately, most people’s day includes physical distancing, isolation, even quarantine. There’s an understandable concern that this can lead to mental darkness, such as intense loneliness. But this doesn’t have to be the case, especially if we understand there’s always one tangible presence close at hand.

Toward the very beginning of the Bible, there’s a very encouraging promise God made to Jacob that truly applies to us all: “I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest … for I will not leave thee” (Genesis 28:15).

Contrary to how it may sometimes seem, time spent alone can be a time in which we feel anything but lonely. When we glimpse how God never, ever leaves us, we can start to feel quite connected with God and centered in Divinity’s pure goodness. It’s actually impossible to distance oneself from our divine source. God is always fully present. To begin to acknowledge this, even just a little bit, makes us feel so much less alone.

A friend of mine just returned from working several months in Antarctica. She had very little contact with the outside world. When I asked her, “What inspired and comforted you when you felt isolated?” she cited a line from Hymn 278 in the “Christian Science Hymnal”: “Pilgrim on earth, home and heaven are within thee” (P.M., adapt. © CSBD). It helped her realize that, as she put it: “I didn’t have to be in my home in North America to feel loved, connected, comforted, or safe. Wherever I was, God’s love and the home God gives me were already there.”

Christian Science reveals that God, who is divine Spirit, creates and consciously maintains each of us – not as mortals, but as immortal, spiritual individuals, safe in God. Monitor founder Mary Baker Eddy explains in her book “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” “Infinite space is peopled with God’s ideas, reflecting Him in countless spiritual forms” (p. 503).

Yes, there is no parting from God’s love, companionship, or endless goodness. A desire to open our eyes to the holy fact that we cannot be distanced from God, good, is deep and comforting prayer. Now (and anytime!) is a time we can let divine Love bring a more solid awareness of how, even when we are physically isolated from others, we are in perfect unity with God, who brings healing comfort and companionship.

Read the full article from The Christian Science Monitor’s ‘A Christian Science Perspective’ here

The how and why and wonder of spiritual healing   Leave a comment

beth-packer This lecture explores the phenomena of spiritual healing as recorded throughout the Bible — healing that for centuries had allowed people to live their lives with dominion and not be victims to their circumstances.  And it shows by present-day examples, that such healing is not something of the past, but is a present possibility — an accessible transforming power for good in our lives today.

It’s shown how a knowledge of our inseparable relationship to God brings practical healing solutions and how practical, effective prayer can help us all experience divine power and protection in our lives.

Listen to this live webinar lecture given by Beth Packer here

Not afraid but not naive   1 comment

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Many are voicing their fears and worries about the coronavirus. But Christ, ever “voicing good,” is the divine influence that calms our fears, reveals our safety in God, and brings healing to our lives.

I’ve been hearing the same voices many others in society have been listening to – media, government officials, friends. And the focus is pretty constantly the same: coronavirus. A lot of people have learned a new word, and too many of them are afraid of it.

But recently a little phrase has been surfacing in my thought. It’s this: Christ is voicing good, right within consciousness. What an incredible contrast to all the bad stuff I was taking in. It’s clear to me that the source of that more hopeful thought is Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” where she writes, “Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness” (p. 332).

Now these words weren’t telling me to ignore the difficult things going on in society. But they were assuring me that there was something more going on than all the discussion about contagion. The Christ is the Godlike nature of Jesus that he lived so fully and successfully in his human life. Jesus promised that this Christ always has existed and always will. It speaks to us of God’s goodness and all-power, and of man’s immortal, indestructible nature. And Jesus’ life proved that this “good” voiced by the Christ has a healing and calming influence in our lives. He gave evidence of this again and again as he came in contact with others.

Over a lifetime I’ve seen a wonderful consistency in what Jesus taught. I’ve seen evidence that the Christ can bring a spiritual poise that literally changes our experiences. Changes them in a way that may be unexplainable to the material senses, but is quite understandable to our more spiritual sense.

On a number of occasions, I’ve seen times when everyone expected contagion to take a particular course, and it didn’t work out that way at all. And I’ve experienced times when a kind of mental contagion was stopped in its tracks. Once when a doctor had set some bones after an accident, he explained a number of drugs I needed to take in order to protect myself from potential harm. He described one drug intended to deal with a condition that he said could be fatal. While I certainly wasn’t naive about his warning, my preference was to protect myself with what I had learned about the healing Christ over the years. But his warning remained a little like a contagion from his thought to my thought.

Not too many days later the very condition he had told me about developed. I did something I wasn’t accustomed to doing, and which wasn’t helpful. I looked up the condition in a medical publication. Sure enough, the word “fatal” was prominent in the description. At first, fear tried to take over. But I began to discern the Christ I had come to trust “voicing good,” and soon I felt a spiritual peace and confidence. And within a few days the condition disappeared as I prayed specifically about it.

This voicing of good is a promise to every individual on this planet. In fact, Science and Health also affirms that the Christ is “a divine influence ever present in human consciousness” (p. xi). No one is without access to this healing influence. As we open our hearts to its messages, we recognize that it’s the true and only influence, bringing a calm that changes the course of human discord.

You don’t need to know a lot about the Christ to open your thought to its divine presence and discern the good it is voicing. In fact, when surrounding voices are making their views too prominent in your consciousness, take a moment and acknowledge that Christ is voicing good, and listen for its message right within your mind, assuring you of your safety in God.

This article by Nathan Talbot was published in The Christian Science Monitor’s Christian Science Perspective column 

Calm and hopeful—even in isolation   Leave a comment

 

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Are you fed up staying at home?

How about using this time for spiritual refreshment and engage more deeply with God.

Gay Bryant-Flatt, CS, from Maidenhead, Berkshire, United Kingdom shares in this Daily Lift how she makes good use of her time at home. Listen here

Posted April 17, 2020 by cscanberra in Daily Lift

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Easter renewal—showing us what we truly are   Leave a comment

IMG_2585Renewal doesn’t just mean new things start happening. God-inspired renewal shows us what was truly there the whole time—the freshness and permanence of God’s goodness, expressed in man and in all His creation. And it’s through spiritual sense, which Mrs. Eddy defines as “a conscious, constant capacity to understand God” (Science and Health, p. 209), that we discern this goodness. Spiritual sense is native to each of us as the children of Spirit.

So, Easter is about renewal—but not a renewal that involves fixing things once broken. It’s a renewal of our sense of things, showing us we were never broken. Easter shows us that God’s expression is never dipped into a well of desperation or lack. Easter shows us the permanence of God’s will, which is good and forever expressed in each of us. Christ Jesus demonstrated how to be what we truly are: the very image of our Father-Mother God, held forever in the perfect law of divine Love. 

Praise God, for our Redeemer lives!

To read the entire article by John Biggs from The Christian Science Journal, click here

 

Posted April 14, 2020 by cscanberra in Easter

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Christos anesti   Leave a comment

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Christos anesti

A simple Easter Day greeting, 
yet much more. A divine beating
in every heart. Truly, he is risen. 

—Christian Pascale

From the April 2019 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Posted April 13, 2020 by cscanberra in Easter, Resolutions

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Spiritual Resources and Today’s Meaning of Resurrection   Leave a comment

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Dear Friends,

We invite you our friends all over the world to join us on our website for a free inspirational talk on Good Friday, April 10th, 7.30pm, Australia Saturday April 11th, 9.30am from Third Church of Christ, Scientist, in New York City. Our guest speaker, Leide Lessa, will deliver her Easter-themed address, “Spiritual Resources and Today’s Meaning of Resurrection.”

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Just imagine for a moment that you were there on the morning when Jesus arose from the dead! Imagine that you stood there in awe as you awakened to a deeper understanding of the spiritual resources of life.

This deeper understanding is what Leide Lessa, a Christian Science teacher and member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, will be talking about. She’ll explore how to find this same sense of healing and renewal available to you now over 2000 years later.

We invite you to experience this very special Easter talk online at ThirdChurchNYC.com from wherever you are! It will also be available later at this website.

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