Archive for September 2022

Getting Past Right and Wrong   Leave a comment

A Daily Lift by Susan Booth Mack Snipes, a Christians Science practitioner and teacher

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In this short podcast Susan talks about how realising God as the source of all right ideas helped her to see through a problem her teenage daughter was having with peers who were shutting her out of their friendship circle.

“I’m Not Afraid of You!”   Leave a comment

A Daily Lift by Andrea McCormack

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In this short podcast Andrea describes how hearing a story about a wedgetail eagle in Australia taking down an expensive drone gave her pause for thought. She realised that she also could say NO to unwanted thoughts and situations: “You don’t belong here. I’m not afraid of you!” She goes on to describe how this reasoning helped her to quickly overcome a debilitating physical condition.

Deliver Me from “the Violent Man”   Leave a comment

This article by Judy Cole was originally published in the August 29, 2022 edition of the Christian Science Sentinel.

With the marked increase in violent acts around the world, many are asking how they can keep themselves and their loved ones from being victims of intentional or random acts of violence. Applying in a practical way the knowledge of our God-given exemption from evil was important in my work as a youth corrections counselor. 

Once, as the advisor of a college student intern, I was observing her interaction with a client in an adjoining room. Suddenly, he pulled a knife and threatened her.  …

In this article Judy explains how she disarmed this man and the situation and how through prayer she witnessed an amazing turn around in this young man. Click here to read, or listen to, the full text of this article.

Healed of Broken Bones When I Learned …   Leave a comment

A Daily Lift by Madelon Maupin

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In this short podcast Madelon explains how she was healed of the multiple broken bones which were the result of a skiing incident. Seeing herself as purely spiritual gave her a new perspective on herself and brought about the needed change.

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Biblical Solutions to Climate Change – Really?

In this longer podcast Madelon gives a fuller explanation of this healing and also describes how stories in the Bible give us inspiration for dealing with present day environmental issues.

This podcast is from the weekly Sentinel Watch program. The current podcast for each week can be accessed via the PODCASTS tab in the menu line at the top of the page.

When I Stopped Letting Age Define Me   Leave a comment

This article by Robert E J Wehman was published in the August 29, 2022 edition of the Christian Science Sentinel in the series How I Found Christian Science.

In my late teens, I wanted to learn to play the harp and hoped to become a professional harpist. But the head of the harp department at the local music conservatory told me I was too old to take up the study and make a career of it. 

Years later, after establishing myself in another arts-related career, I met a world-famous harpist in New York City. I told her that if I had met her when I was a child, I would have taken up the harp, and I shared the story of being denied the opportunity to study the harp because of my age. She immediately told me that if I stopped letting age define me, I would never again be too young or too old to do anything. And if I did this, she’d take me as a student. I agreed and commenced studying with her.

I found out later that this woman was a Christian Scientist. Her encouragement to stop letting age define me was my introduction to the practical truths taught in Christian Science.

In this article Robert tells how letting go of a concept of age opened up new avenues in his career and in his circumstances and led him to the study of Christian Science. Click here to read, or listen to, the full article.

Pressure of Workload Overcome   1 comment

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

A poem by Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, helped this writer over come the stress of a crowded work agenda. The poem, titled Satisfied, has been set to music and included in the Christian Science Hymnal.

It matters not what be thy lot,
So Love doth guide;
For storm or shine, pure peace is thine,
Whate’er betide.

And of these stones, or tyrants’ thrones,
God able is
To raise up seed — in thought and deed —
To faithful His.

Aye, darkling sense, arise, go hence!
Our God is good.
False fears are foes — truth tatters those,
When understood.

Love looseth thee, and lifteth me,
Ayont hate’s thrall:
There Life is light, and wisdom might,
And God is All.

The centuries break, the earth-bound wake,
God’s glorified!
Who doth His will — His likeness still —
Is satisfied.

Towards the end of my employment with the Department of Education.  I had a very busy job; most weeks I put in 50-60 hours and still didn’t feel on top of the workload.  One evening a friend gave me a ticket to a Music Aviva concert because he thought I could do with a break.  However, my head was so filled with all the tasks I had to complete in the next few weeks that I heard nothing of the music and went home feeling still very much under pressure.  At home I sat down and made a list of all the activities I had to organise before the end of the school term which was coming up fast.  I thought this might help clear my head.  In all I had 26 events to organise.  Some were staff meetings I had to give, others were full day workshops and training days, some were mediation and review meetings.  I had very little clerical support so all of the organisation fell to me – the catering, the bookings, the paperwork, the course content. 

Writing it all down didn’t help at all.  While I was doing this my son called me.  He was living interstate at the time.  He asked if I would pray for him with regard to a physical problem that was restricting him somewhat.  Of course I was happy to help him, but it felt like just one more thing that was asked of me.

In desperation I turned to God and asked: ‘How do I do all this?’  The answer was very firm: ‘You don’t. I do.’  This idea had and immediate calming effect.  I felt led to open my hymnal to hymn 160 – Mary Baker Eddy’s Satisfied.  The words were like a balm to my soul.  The ideas held such comfort that straight away I felt the sense of pressure drain away.  I knew I was safe because “God able is”.  I realised that all right activities were God’s activities, and He was the one that brought them to fruition, not me.

It was the fourth verse that particularly stood out to me:

Love looseth thee, and lifteth me,
Ayont hate’s thrall:
There Life is light, and wisdom might,
And God is All.

As I read these words I felt lifted above the human picture that said I had an impossibly crowded agenda.  I actually felt the lightness of Life – lightness as in not heavy.   I also saw that Love loosed my son from his belief of restriction.  I was able to let all sense of personal responsibility go and rested in God’s love.

The next day I had a phone call from my son to say the physical problem was completely resolved.  He was very pleased.  All the activities I had scheduled were completed successfully and I can honestly say there was not a moment of pressure or stress.  Every event or activity was a joy in its preparation and unfoldment.  Not since that night have I ever felt pressure over human activities or schedules again.  Always now I know that ‘Love doth guide’ and ‘God is gloried’ and I am satisfied.

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