Archive for August 2020

Undisturbed after a break-in   Leave a comment

“We are undisturbed.” These were the words of assurance I spoke to my neighbours. My husband and I had just arrived home from a trip to see our house in a shambles after a break-in. 

In times of trouble, I’ve also found something that Christ Jesus said in the Gospel of John to be very helpful. We read that he calls the devil, evil, “a liar, and the father of it” (8:44). This puts “error”—the mistaken assumption that another power besides God is in control—immediately behind us and enables us to go forward while listening to what the Christ is saying. ….

I then realized that it was very important not to give in to the temptation to sit in our house that evening feeling anxious that something else might happen, because, as the Bible instructs in Psalm 62, “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him” (verse 5). God’s all-power meant that there had been no actual disturbance in the harmony of His ever-present government. ….

Above all, I felt that our home had never actually been broken into at all, because our true home is the inviolable consciousness of divine Love.

Read the entire story about the break-in and the author’s inspirational response told by Eleanor Winyard in The Christian Science Journal

The Power of One   Leave a comment

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As I entered the subway station, I noticed a man begging for money. About 15 minutes before, it had occurred to me to use my walk time to pray instead of just mulling over my workday. Right away I had recalled this from the Bible: “God created man in his own image” (Genesis 1:27). So I’d been pondering this idea as I walked, thinking deeply about this spiritual pronouncement of the divine nature of each individual (man). The holiness of everyone grew palpable to me in an undeniable way—and I rejoiced in it. 

When I reached the bottom of the station stairs, I heard someone calling out, and when I looked up, there was the man I’d seen, coming toward me and loudly apologizing because he had spoken “terrible words” to me. Though I had not heard those words, I accepted his apology, and we talked for a time, including about God, before we said goodbye.

On the rest of my commute home, I thought about what had happened. Why had I not heard those words? And why had the man made such a point of apologizing? It occurred to me that the spirit of divine Truth and Love that had been filling my thought at that moment didn’t leave room for anything else, the way the presence of light makes darkness impossible. And it had eliminated both an offense and an offender. In a moment, this man and I had experienced our brother-and-sisterhood as fact—God as our source and each of us as God’s likeness—and were changed. 

This gave me my first real taste of the power of divine consciousness, and made me glimpse the capacity each of us has, as the reflection of divine, limitless Mind, to affect collective human experience for the better. 

Thought is the essence of our lives. And when thought is allied with divine Spirit, God, we partake of that Spirit, the source of all good, and become a vehicle for it. We also find we cannot behold ourselves spiritually without doing the same for our neighbor, because in the universality of infinite Mind, everyone is the spiritual idea, the child, of that one Mind, God.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science and founder of this magazine, described just how significant this spiritual-mindedness can be in the world: “Is not a man metaphysically and mathematically number one, a unit, and therefore whole number, governed and protected by his divine Principle, God? You have simply to preserve a scientific, positive sense of unity with your divine source, and daily demonstrate this. Then you will find that one is as important a factor as duodecillions in being and doing right, and thus demonstrating deific Principle” (Pulpit and Press, p. 4).

A duodecillion is a gargantuan number. Depending on where you live, it’s the number one followed by either 39 or 72 zeros. (By comparison, a trillion includes only 12 zeros.) Such ability, authority, or influence is inconceivable from a human standpoint, regardless of how much wealth or what influence one person might attain. But as a daughter or son of God, as the expression of infinite Love and Truth, our reach is as vast as our understanding of God.

When we grasp even a little of our permanent oneness with God, we naturally feel and exhibit more of God—more love, integrity, purity, intelligence, peace. 

In this time of pandemic, political upheaval, social self-examination, and financial uncertainty, “one” can seem not only the loneliest number, to echo an old song, but also, the least important. But this is only what we perceive from a material standpoint. Through divine Science, each of us can make a tremendous difference on the side of right and good. Every time we “preserve a scientific, positive sense of unity with [our] divine source, and daily demonstrate this,” we are weighing in on the side of progress, healing, and justice.

To read the entire article by Ethel A. Baker click here

Prayer: A powerful resource now and anytime   Leave a comment

science-and-health-cover“During the current pandemic, many people around the world have turned to prayer. Research by Jeanet Bentzen, an economist at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, found that internet searches on prayer skyrocketed during the period of time when COVID-19 began to rapidly proliferate around the globe.

After analyzing data from Google searches across 95 countries, she found, “In March 2020, the share of Google searches for prayer surged to the highest level ever recorded, surpassing all other major events that otherwise call for prayer, such as Christmas, Easter, and Ramadan” (“In crisis, we pray: Religiosity and the COVID-19 pandemic,” CEPR Press, May 20, 2020).

People are praying for the general population of their own and other countries; for key workers, such as nurses, custodial staff, and grocery store clerks; for public health officials; and even for national recovery plans. But what is the best way to pray? Over several decades, I’ve found Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures to be a wonderful resource, filled with practical ideas about how to pray—and how to pray specifically regarding disease.

Our present spiritual nature as God’s expression is a dependable basis for prayer that brings healing, as the first chapter in Science and Health, “Prayer,” brings out. Such prayer isn’t asking God for something we don’t have, but an awakening to what we already do have and what we forever are as God’s creation. True prayer isn’t repeating a set of words or pleading for God to intervene; it’s realizing and understanding present spiritual reality.

The book says, “Tell the sick that they can meet disease fearlessly, if they only realize that divine Love gives them all power over every physical action and condition” (p. 420). Going far beyond being a compendium of prayer techniques, Science and Health offers valuable insights into who and what we are as children of God and the dominion that this affords us over fear and illness. Whatever we face, we have the most powerful resource of all, God’s ever-present, never-failing love.”

Read or listen to the complete article by Lyle Young who also gives an example of healing prayer when he faced sickness whilst trying to return from Africa when flights were being cancelled here

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