Archive for the ‘Conflict’ Category

When the Enemy Comes in Like a Flood   Leave a comment

An article by Even Mehlenbacher from the 29 September 2022 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.

When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19), the Bible tells us. The war in Ukraine has captured the attention of people around the world. The spectacle of a massive military force invading a sovereign nation without provocation, meeting fierce resistance, and now plotting a bigger, more destructive offence, has many people wondering what can be done to protect the lives of all caught in this conflict and restore a just peace to that part of the world.

We can support such progress by understanding that there’s a spiritual basis for staying safe when faced with a flood of aggression and oppression.  continue reading

In this article Even shares his prayers and the proven spiritual truths that he affirmed in order to bring a sense of peace.

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.

Keeping Our Communities Safe   1 comment

A Daily Lift by Ethel A Baker, a Christian Science Practitioner and Teacher

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In this brief podcast Ethel shares her prayers for her community after a school shooting and how as she listened to the inspirations that came she was able to protect the neighbourhood children from potential danger.

Love with a Heart of Tenderness   Leave a comment

Love with a heart of tenderness

Your enemies and friends;

However hard this may appear,

This quality just mends.

For Love is God in action true,

A presence that is felt;

A healing and a saving power

That will all discord melt.

(Christian Science Hymnal 519)

One Universe … One Song   Leave a comment

A Daily Lift by Andrea McCormick

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In this short podcast Andrea talks about how she found harmony and unity in her private and business life through understanding God as the divine Mind governing all.

A Letter to a Friend in a War Zone   1 comment

Dear Friend,

We don’t know each other, but my heart goes out to you as reports continue to emerge about the invasion and attack of your homeland. Things may look very dark right now; perhaps your plans for the life you hoped to live seem shattered. I and many others are praying earnestly that you feel the palpable presence of God, good, bringing you strength, hope, and inspiration.

These prayers are inspired by the presence of God made evident throughout the Bible. In Psalms, we read, “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?… If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me” (139:7, 11). God does know you and care for you, for everyone. God has not abandoned you. Even in the depths of despair, when we turn our hearts to God, we feel the light and grace of God’s presence and love right here to protect us.

My father experienced the power of this divine light after the start of World War II. When his homeland, Japan, declared war on the United States – the country that he had been preparing to go to throughout his education – his hopes and dreams were shattered. As war continued, he felt alone and completely isolated.

Yet one thing did carry him through those dark days. It was his faith in God, who is omnipresent good. The ideas contained in two books – the Bible and “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science – helped him understand that God’s goodness is always present, even in the midst of devastation and war. During the firebombing of Tokyo, as my father ran around dousing the burning embers that were falling on his family’s home, he felt a powerful sense that he actually lived in the kingdom of God, that it was within him, flooding his consciousness with light.

That’s always true for each of us as God’s creation. As God’s spiritual likeness we have a relation to God that is, as my father put it, “as inseparable and unseverable as that of a sunbeam to the sun” (Takashi Oka, “No enemies in the kingdom,” Christian Science Sentinel, April 28, 2003). That he was able to feel this in the midst of such destruction has been proof to me that the “still, small voice” of God can be heard even in the darkest moments.

This is the Christ, God’s communication of divine Love’s power and presence. Mary Baker Eddy expresses it this way: “Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness” (Science and Health, p. 332). The Christ continues to communicate to each of us right now, empowering us to feel the healing, guiding light of God even in the midst of the anger, fear, and destruction of war. It is in God’s very nature as divine Love to constantly communicate and express tender care and compassion for each of us, and to enable us to know our spiritual nature as His children.

This is a powerful and effective basis for prayer for all of humanity. Its truth encircles the globe, and I and so many others worldwide are wrapping you in our prayers to see that, truly, “no power can withstand divine Love” (Science and Health, p. 224).

With love and hope,

Mimi Oka

This article appeared in the March 09, 2022 edition of the Monitor Daily.

Slow to Speak, Slow to Wrath   Leave a comment

… let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

(The Bible – James 1: 19, 20)

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