Grateful for Spiritual Growth   1 comment

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

I’m grateful to Mrs Eddy for the Christian Science Journal and Christian Science Sentinel. I subscribe to these periodicals and treasure them for the way people share their thoughts, prayers, healings and experiences about many issues.

An article in a recent Sentinel reminded me that we’re not praying to change or improve God’s already perfect and harmonious creation. We’re praying to acknowledge, understand and claim this fact now and forever. Another article showed me how the writer uses the Lord’s Prayer to do this when praying about the concept of home in what seems to be a time of chronic homelessness all over the world.

He finds that this healing prayer establishes God’s kingdom as ever present. It establishes us as one universal family in our perfect Father-Mother’s harmonious kingdom where God provides for us exactly what we need.

A testimony in another recent Sentinel helped me in thinking about feelings and memories I sometimes have about the actions and behaviour of people in the past.

The writer had become irritated and impatient by the actions of a friend. When praying it occurred to her that this friend might be struggling in some way and need tenderness and support. Frustration was replaced with humility as she repented for her lack of compassion and her heart was filled with sweet love for her friend.

The writer refers to a gentle message that she found especially encouraging – from the third verse of hymn 278 in the Christian Science Hymnal.

Healed is thy hardness, His love hath dissolved it,

Full is the promise, the blessing how kind;

So shall His tenderness teach thee compassion,

So all the merciful, mercy shall find.

I realised that this is how I should be thinking and praying, rather than mulling over what I think are past hurts and injustices.

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  1. Sometimes it is difficult to ‘walk in another’s shoes’ and see an argument from their perspective, especially in the heat of the moment. The ability to step back, forego one’s own ego (and implicit ‘rightness’) and view another individual through compassion, humility and an understanding of divine Love is something worth striving for. For me, it is a journey worth taking, but at times appears to be quite a long road with a few bumps on the way. If we are to be understanding of others, perhaps we need to be understanding and gentle with ourselves.

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