Archive for August 2021

How Are You Praying for Afghanistan?   Leave a comment

Barbara Cook Spencer, a writer for the Christian Science Sentinel, shares her prayers for Afghanistan. She writes …

Like many others, I have been praying in recent days about the challenging situation in Afghanistan. The task of safely evacuating thousands of people seemed overwhelming to me. But as I earnestly prayed, the twenty-third Psalm suddenly came to thought in a totally new way, strengthening and comforting me. It begins, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (verse 1 ). In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy presents a spiritual interpretation of this line. She writes: “[Divine love ] is my shepherd; I shall not want” (p. 578 ).

At that moment, I saw divine Love, God, as the all-embracing, all-powerful, ever-tender, and disciplined Shepherd of every individual needing to leave Afghanistan. …

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Click here to read the full article where Barbara shares how her prayers brought her a sense of peace and hope. This article was originally published in an August 2021 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.

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PSALM 23

       [Divine love ] is my shepherd; I shall not want. 
       [Love ] maketh me to lie down in green pastures: [love ] leadeth me beside the still waters. 
       [Love ] restoreth my soul [spiritual sense]: [love ] leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. 
       Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for [love ] is with me; [love ’s] rod and [love ’s] staff they comfort me. 
       [Love ] prepareth a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: [love ] anointeth my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 
       Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house [the consciousness] of [love ] for ever.” 

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p578)

Love One Another   Leave a comment

Wednesday Testimony Meeting Readings

This recording is of readings on the topic: Love One Another

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Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

(The Bible – Romans 12: 10, 18, 21)

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Every Wednesday at 6.15pm a Testimony Meeting is held at the Christian Science church in Canberra (corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets, Barton). At these meetings short readings on a particular topic are followed by time for members of the congregation to share how they have been helped and healed through prayer.

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

True Happiness   Leave a comment

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Unselfish ambition, noble life-motives, and purity, – these constituents of thought, mingling, constitute individually and collectively true happiness, strength, and permanence.

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p58)

Passports and Travel Documents Recovered   2 comments

The members of the Christian Science community in Canberra share their experiences and thoughts on Christian Science:

A few years ago, my wife and I and our two daughters flew from Canberra to Cape Town in South Africa to spend Christmas with my family.

We set off from Canberra without any problems and landed somewhere in Australia – I forget where – to connect with our international flight to our next stop in Johannesburg. Wherever it was, we were delayed and very late taking off.

We arrived in Johannesburg very late – about midnight – and missed our connection to Cape Town, so the airline arranged for us to fly the following morning and put us up in an airport hotel for the night.

We collected our luggage and walked out of the airport terminus to wait for the shuttle bus to take us to the hotel feeling tired, hungry and harassed. When we arrived at the hotel and were in the queue to check in, I couldn’t find my small backpack with all our passports and travel documents and knew I’d left it at the airport terminus where we boarded the shuttle bus.  My immediate feeling was despair because Johannesburg was known as a crime capital and I’d previously misplaced things there and never had them returned.

My wife and I follow the teachings of Christian Science, and when I told her what had happened, she immediately started to pray, as we are taught in Christian Science, to know that God’s presence is everywhere, so there is no room for anything else. We talked about God’s nature as only good, loving, honest and caring and as being the only qualities that everyone, everywhere could express. I began to feel a lot less fearful.

The shuttle bus was still bringing people to the hotel, so I boarded it, continuing to pray, and returned to the airport terminus pick-up point. I asked the people waiting there if they’d seen my bag and someone said they thought someone had taken it to the hotel.

When I got back to the hotel, there was my wife, with my bag, and the person who had found it. We thanked her and quietly thanked God for his tender, loving care.

I am very grateful for the way Christian Science teaches us that we can always pray to God in times of need.

Mary Baker Eddy writes in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (pp 12,13) “In divine Science, where prayers are mental, all may avail themselves of God as “a very present help in trouble.” Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals. It is the open fount which cries, “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters.”

A Recipe for Peace   Leave a comment

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Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.

(The Bible – Luke 6: 27, 28)

Prayer   Leave a comment

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Self-forgetfulness, purity, and affection are constant prayers.

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p15)

A Powerful ‘Daily Prayer’   Leave a comment

The members of the Christian Science community in Canberra share their experiences and thoughts on Christian Science:

This article was originally published in the August 2021 edition of the Christian Science Journal. In it the author explains how her son endured several years of severe bullying by a work supervisor. However, when he turned to prayer for a resolution there was an immediate and permanent turn around in the situation.

Now, three years later, even though my son has moved on to another position, these two still have a warm and supportive relationship. My son counts him as a close friend, a confidant who can be relied on, and someone who values him as a person.

Click here to read the full text of this article where the author explains the spiritual reasoning that led to this happy resolution.

The Perfection of Reality   Leave a comment

Action Better Than Words   Leave a comment

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Gratitude is much more than a verbal expression of thanks. Action expresses more gratitude than speech.

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures p3 by Mary Baker Eddy)

Posted August 13, 2021 by cscanberra in Consciousness, Gratitude, relationships, Values

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Gratitude   Leave a comment

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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 by Mary Baker Eddy)

Posted August 11, 2021 by cscanberra in Consciousness, Gratitude, Happiness, Supply, Values

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