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Prayers for the planet   Leave a comment

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“Here in Australia, we’ve been experiencing severe drought, heat, and bushfires. Many are worried that this confirms their fears of human-caused climate change. As the BBC put it recently, ‘The science around climate change is complex – it’s not the cause of bushfires but scientists have long warned that a hotter, drier climate would contribute to Australia’s fires becoming more frequent and more intense.’

So I’ve been doing something I’ve found helpful time and again in alarming or overwhelming situations: praying. I’m praying with the future safety not just of my country, but of this planet, in mind.”

As Christian Science explains that God, Spirit, is Mind, the infinite intelligence that sustains God’s entire creation – including each of us,  the author of this article, Beverly Goldsmith shows how when we tune in to this divine Mind through prayer, we receive direction, pay attention and are receptive.

She goes on to share two biblical accounts of dealing with severe drought conditions followed by an insight from “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science,: “The ancient prophets gained their foresight from a spiritual, incorporeal standpoint, not by foreshadowing evil and mistaking fact for fiction, – predicting the future from a groundwork of corporeality and human belief.” and ” Acquaintance with the Science of being enables us to commune more largely with the divine Mind, to foresee and foretell events which concern the universal welfare, to be divinely inspired, – yea, to reach the range of fetterless Mind” (p. 84).

Goldsmith is positive that actions to help keep our planet and its inhabitants safe can be discerned. As she concludes: ” There is an urgent need for solutions. God is always present to guide each and every one’s thoughts and actions for the benefit of all, and as we listen for that guidance, practical answers will come.”

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

Quieting destructive winds and catastrophic wildfires   2 comments

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“Fire season is a dreaded time of concern and heightened fear for residents and firefighters alike. My family lives in an area often afflicted by fires. The anguish and devastation sometimes experienced by my neighbors have prompted me to turn to God in urgent and fervent prayer. In seeking to heal and remedy the suffering of so many owing to wildfires, I’ve sought to understand the laws of God and how they are available to quench inflammation and prevent catastrophic wildfires.”

Here are a few thoughts that the author, Cindy Martin, shares in her contribution:

“I’m convinced that the truth of God’s omnipotent law, the law of Love, can be effectively applied to alleviate suffering from wildfires….”

“Tendencies toward human carelessness, ignorance, or intentional arson can be reversed through understanding that God, omnipotent Love, alone governs the man of His creating (the true identity of all of us).”

Working with the atmosphere of thought, she gives examples from the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, wherein Mary Baker Eddy gives these metaphysical definitions on page 586: “Fear. Heat; inflammation; anxiety;…” and “Fire. Fear; remorse; lust; hatred; destruction;…”

“The truth of God’s gentle presence brings calm, cools tempers, and lifts individuals to constructive, productive states of thought and methods for accomplishing justice and equity.”

“We need never feel helpless in the face of threatening conditions. God is at hand to provide everything needed.”

Martin gives two examples of how her prayer helped in extreme weather conditions to a gentleness that allowed safety for all concerned as well as two examples from The Bible.

Read this helpful article here from The Christian Science Journal

 

A New Year – A new way to start your day   Leave a comment

_E0A0144-2“New Year’s can bring enthusiasm for new beginnings, starting fresh, taking stock of progress, and embarking on goals.”

Lindsey Biggs tells how she was accustomed to sleeping as long as possible, grabbing a cup of coffee, and getting on the road to school or work. But when she took a course in Christian Science healing, where she learned about her relationship to God she began to wake up enthusiastically, wanting to discover through prayer more about her true, spiritual identity. She would rise earlier than needed so as to have time to pray before starting her day.

“To me, this special time to pray each morning has been one of the greatest gifts. Each time is different; it’s about listening for the way God is revealing Himself to me each day.”….

“The inspiration I’ve gained from God, divine Life and Truth itself, during these mornings has given me such peace, confidence, and joyful expectancy that it’s totally changed my outlook for the day. It’s also brought healing of illness and injury, and resolution to problems.”……

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, shares this in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,  “The human mind, imbued with this spiritual understanding, becomes more elastic, is capable of greater endurance, escapes somewhat from itself, and requires less repose. A knowledge of the Science of being develops the latent abilities and possibilities of man. It extends the atmosphere of thought, giving mortals access to broader and higher realms. It raises the thinker into his native air of insight and perspicacity” (p. 128).

We can change our habits and the way we think as the book of Romans in the Bible says: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (12:2, New Living Translation).

To read this message (from the Christian Science Sentinel) of how to make daily inspiration a foundation for progress in this coming year click here

Christmas Stillness   Leave a comment

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Stillness

We hear the
angels speak
in a sound
of gentle stillness …
no wind,
no earthquake,
no fire.
Only blessing.

 

 

Posted December 23, 2019 by cscanberra in Christ message, Christmas

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Posted December 17, 2019 by cscanberra in Uncategorized

Still small voice   Leave a comment

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Can you see the face of the sky? read the signs of the times? 1…. is there a storm brewing?
floods of fear
waves of rage
hateful righteousness
reaching a boiling point?

we are being called …. to sift real from unreal
to heed the still small voice within2…..

…. suddenly the world is seen as God sees:
safe, intact, assured….

we could, like Elijah, make our way higher, find the center of our hearts—not turn away, but turn towards the face of God….

here is where we see the face of the sky
discern the real signs of the times
storms find their stillness
fires burn but do not consume
the earth moves in wonder
all things are safe, intact, assured
everything about us
sings for joy.

—Joni Overton-Jung
1 Matthew 16:3. 2 I Kings 19:12.

These are excerpts from a poem called “Still Small Voice” by Joni Overton-Jung. Read the entire poem from The Christian Science Sentinel here

Posted December 11, 2019 by cscanberra in fear, Peace

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The illusion (of the empty gas tank)   Leave a comment

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“Does everything we experience have to be accepted at face value, including sickness? Many have found that looking beyond a surface-level view of things to a higher understanding of God and reality brings needed inspiration to their thought – and healing.”

The writer experienced an illusory episode with a car that had been filled up full with petrol however then indicated an empty tank but knowledge of the fact that it was full allowed Kim to continue using it. Likewise she found she was able to help a friend with a challenging physical problem by knowing the reality of the way God knows us.

“I remember sitting in the car outside my friend’s apartment one evening, thinking through this passage from Mary Baker Eddy’s “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”: “When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious – as Life eternally is – can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not” (p 495).

She felt that this sickness was not any more true about her friend, as divine Love’s perfect, divine creation, than it had been true that the gas tank was empty in the car.

The outcome was a quick healing and you can find this article from “A Christian Science Perspective” in The Christian Science Monitor by Kim Hedge  here

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