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Living in God’s ‘Now’   Leave a comment

An article from the Christian Science Monitor by Laura Clayton

Recently a relative said she had been feeling concerned about the future. She had been thinking about a possible move, wondering where and when she and her husband might settle next. We talked about the idea of living in God’s “now” – staying grounded in gratitude for today’s many blessings, joyfully being where we are right at the present moment. After our discussion, she said she immediately felt better, lighter, and more peaceful.

Christ Jesus assured his followers, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself” (Matthew 6:34). The type of living in the present now that brings lasting peace and inspired solutions is not just some clever mental game. It’s a spiritual awakening based on the timeless spiritual fact of our unity with God, good.

In this article Laura goes on to explain the spiritual reasoning she used to find a perfect solution to a family member’s accommodation problem. She concludes: Each of us can wake up to the spiritual reality of today that helps bring a more harmonious tomorrow.

Click here to read the full article.

Family Freed from Contagion   Leave a comment

An article by Sharon Morash Brooks from the July 6 2020 Christian Science Sentinel

As the COVID-19 crisis deepened, I turned to Mary Baker Eddy’s short article titled “Contagion” (see Miscellaneous Writings 18831896, pp. 228–229) for insight and inspiration. A number of years ago I read that article almost every day for over a year. I share this testimony in the hope that it will help others.

When my daughter started preschool, she and my husband brought home every contagious ailment that was going around and unwittingly shared them with her little brother and me. We toppled like dominoes. I was dismayed at what seemed an enormous challenge. 

Click here to read or listen to the full article in which Sharon describes the spiritual reasoning she employed to quickly dismiss this and other episodes of contagion that seemed to threaten the well-being of her family.

God’s Love Song   1 comment

A Daily Lift by Robert Witney

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In this 3 minute podcast Robert talks about how listening to love songs reminded him of the love that is God, and helped him to see God who is love expressed throughout his day.

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A new Daily Lift is released each week day. To listen to current Lifts click on the Daily Lift tab in the menu bar above.

New Views of Humanity   1 comment

Take away wealth, fame, and social organizations, which weigh not one jot in the balance of God, and we get clearer views of Principle. Break up cliques, level wealth with honesty, let worth be judged according to wisdom, and we get better views of humanity.

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p239: 5)

Posted January 7, 2022 by cscanberra in Consciousness, Prayer for the world, Thought, Values

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Protected During Hailstorm   2 comments

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

Two years ago on a Monday afternoon Canberra was struck by a hailstorm of such ferocity that thousands of cars were destroyed and buildings severely damaged.  I was working on this day and had to deliver meeting documents to Government House in Canberra.

On my way out of the grounds of Government House the security guard at the gate let me know there was a big storm brewing and asked if I would be all right driving.  I assured him I would be fine.

Before I got to the turn-off, the storm broke and hail came pelting down.  My first thought was perhaps I should turn around but I decided to carry on.  When I reached the road which leads onto the main road, I noticed both sides were packed with parked cars, even on the nature strip and there was no place for my car.  I thought I might carry on slowly to the main road. 

Suddenly there was a loud bang against the car door and I thought I might have run into another car.  When I looked towards my mirror there was only an object which I did not recognise for a moment but then I realised it was the mirror holder without a mirror.   A strong gust of wind must have blown it against the door which caused the bang.

I was becoming a little rattled, when a thought from the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy came to mind, page 469:  “We bury the sense of infinitude, when we admit that, although  God is infinite, evil has a place in this infinity, for evil can have no place where all space is filled with God”.  I am God’s protected child, and I am surrounded by God within this perfect space where evil and inharmony cannot enter.

Another thought came to me from the Christian Science Hymnal, hymn 148, “In heavenly Love abiding, no change my heart shall fear; and safe is such confiding for nothing changes here.  The storm may roar about me, my heart may low be laid; but God is round about me, and can I be dismayed?

With these thoughts I headed onto the main road; there was no other traffic but lots of hail, tree branches and twigs.  I drove slowly to my place of work thinking on these wonderful God thoughts which calmed me and brought a sense of peace.  I reached work unharmed and with no further damage to my car.  I thanked God for His protection and guidance.  

I feel privileged to be a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Canberra, and for duties I have been able to perform such as Second Reader, board membership, ushering and Reading Room attendant.

To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.”

(The Bible – Jude 1: 25)

New Views of Goodness   Leave a comment

Each successive stage of experience unfolds new views of divine goodness and love.

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p66)

Posted January 1, 2022 by cscanberra in Consciousness, New Year, Renewal

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Reality – Found in Matter or Mind?   Leave a comment

Wednesday Testimony Meeting Readings

This recording is of readings on the topic:  Reality – Found in Matter or Mind?

Metaphysics is above physics, and matter does not enter into metaphysical premises or conclusions. The categories of metaphysics rest on one basis, the divine Mind. Metaphysics resolves things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul. …

The testimony of the material senses is neither absolute nor divine. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p269)

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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.

Real Christmas – All About Love   Leave a comment

Christmas is one of the most important events in human history.  That’s a big statement to make. It’s a big statement because the real Christmas relates to Christians, Muslims, Eastern and Western religionists, believers and non-believers.  The real Christmas message is relevant all year round, not just on one day.  So, what’s so big and important and relevant about Christmas?

It’s all about the underlying message that Jesus’ birth ushered into the world.  Yes, the details of the story are important. That whilst Joseph and Mary were travelling she gave birth to Jesus in a stable (which was actually a cave rather than a barn).  His birth had been long prophesied – he was the one who would save the Jewish people from oppression.  But it’s the underlying message that’s of the greatest importance, both then and today.  It’s important because Jesus’ birth was the beginning of a life lived with such love and dominion that it transformed the experience of the people around him, and its legacy is still felt and celebrated over 2000 years later.

Jesus’ mission was to show us what makes life work right for us.  Maybe that doesn’t sound like such a big statement but look at the effect he had on the people around him. He turned poverty into overflowing abundance; ill health into full health; bad sinful behaviour into good honest character.  His life was entirely motivated by love – love for God and love for his fellow man.

Jesus was revealing a different dynamic aspect to life that was not obvious to the senses but one that could bring practical healing solutions to life’s problems. He understood the tangible power of spirituality.

What is spirituality?  Simply, spirituality pertains to things of the spirit, or the non-physical.  It’s all those qualities of thought that are good and true. It’s ideas that make life work right for us, like kindness, honesty, trustworthiness, intelligence, creativity, happiness.  

Spiritual thinking cares for all, never harming man nor beast nor the environment.  It’s living the Golden Rule, the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes that Jesus, Moses and others have given us.  These rules, when understood and lived, make our lives happy and successful.  But here’s the big difference in Jesus’ message to us.  If we think these are human qualities they are liable to human frailty and failure.  Jesus showed us that these spiritual ideas and qualities have a divine source, not human.  They’re sourced in God and so have divine authority and power.

The principle that Jesus continually turned to was divine, not material.  He revealed to the world a non-physical power; a spiritual force for good, that could and did meet all human need.  He revealed to us that the true governing harmonising power underpinning our experience was God, but he showed us an entirely different way of thinking about that term God.  He showed that the true concept of God was Love, as the Bible states.  He showed us the true power or Principle in our lives and in our world, that makes existence harmonious, well and peaceful, is Love, divine Love.

At Christmas, and all year round, don’t we all know, Christian, Muslim, Eastern, Western, believer and non-believer, that it is Love that makes the world go around.  It’s Love that makes life worth living, it is Love and only Love that can bring ‘on earth peace, good will to men.’

This article was contributed by Beth Packer a member of the Christian Science Church in Wollongong.  You can study these ideas in depth in the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.  You would be most welcome to attend our services (details are at the top of this page.)

Christmas Presents Recovered   Leave a comment

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

Christmas in Canberra is typically hot and dry, and this day—two days after the holiday—was a particularly hot one. Our son, 13 years old at the time, asked if we could drop him and his friend at the public swimming pool in town. My husband and I needed to do some grocery shopping, so we agreed to drop the boys off and pick them up in a couple of hours when we had finished. Both boys were confident swimmers, and we knew the pool was well supervised.

When we returned my husband ran in to collect the boys.  I watched them walk across the carpark towards the car.  The friend was dressed and carrying his sports bag. Our son wore only his swimmers; he did not have his bag, and he looked particularly dejected. He explained that he had rented a locker for his gear, but when he returned, he’d found his locker empty. Each locker has a separate code that is created afresh each time it is rented, which seemed a particularly safe system. I asked him what he’d had in his bag.

This Christmas had promised to be quite a lean one for us. My husband was between jobs, and although we usually don’t make a big deal of Christmas presents, this year all our son’s presents were of a practical nature since he would start high school in February. His grandparents had given him cash so he would have spending money for the summer break and outings at school; someone else had given him a new watch; someone else a wallet. A swimming towel, new joggers, sports bag, new summer clothes—all came as presents from the family. All his needs had been met, and he was thrilled with the generosity that had been shown. In his enthusiasm, our son had put all his gifts into his new sports bag and had even worn his new shorts and T-shirt to the pool. All now appeared to be gone.

My husband explained that he had had a conversation with the pool manager. The manager had concluded that the only way someone could have gained access to the locker was if they deliberately stood behind him and watched when he entered the code. My husband had offered to come back in the morning to see if the bag had been handed in, but the manager insisted that my husband should consider it gone.

It was a quiet trip home, but this gave me plenty of praying time.

My first thought was that it was too late to pray; that the bag was gone. Immediately, I realized that this line of thinking contained a number of errors. I reasoned that God never made a human timeline; with God there is only ever the infinite now. It was my duty to deal with whatever thoughts were being presented to me now. And, in fact, that is all I can ever do! Right now if the thought is coming that an injustice has been done to my family or me, then now is the time to deal with it. It is never too late to pray.

The next thought that came was one of indignation that someone could do this unkind thing to our son. Again I was alert and challenged this negative thought. I stood firm with the conviction that God’s man is honest, principled, kind.

A third and subtler suggestion intruded on my thought. I found I was beginning to add up the dollar value of the goods in the bag and feeling great concern about how we would be able to replace them before school started in a few weeks. But then I recognised that God is our source of supply—in fact, our source of all good. His abundance never runs out. I left off adding up the cost, knowing that with God, “My cup runneth over” (Psalms 23:5).

With these thoughts I felt peaceful.  I relaxed in God’s love, knowing that He was in control. The next morning, my husband announced that he was going back to the pool to check whether the bag had turned up. Our son went with him.

An hour later, two smiling faces arrived home. They explained that the manager had found the bag—to his great surprise—at the end of the day in one of the cubicles in the girls’ change room. On checking they found that nothing was missing. The wallet still contained all the Christmas gift money! Our son said that the manager kept saying that it was a mystery that someone would steal the bag and then just leave it intact.

This experience helped me to see more clearly that we are only ever dealing with thought.  Our thoughts and our beliefs determine our experience.  Mary Baker Eddy cautions us in the textbook of Christian Science to “Stand porter at the door of thought” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures p. 392).

She also writes, “Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts” (Science and Health, p. 261). This experience allowed me to demonstrate the eternal truth of this statement. I am infinitely grateful for all that I am learning through Christian Science.

To Defeat a Bully   Leave a comment

A young high school student tells how he overcame relentless bullying at his new school. He explains:

For the first two terms in my first year as a high school student, I was bullied relentlessly. Other boys my age experienced the same difficulties. Students in the upper classes would force us to wash their uniforms, make their beds, tie their shoelaces, and so on. Failure to do this led to a beating. In order to avoid that, I would always do whatever the big boys told me to do. When I enrolled in the school, my mum had told me to keep out of trouble, and I wanted to be obedient.

Jimmy goes on to explain how he prayed his way through this situation which resulted in long-term excellent outcomes for the school. He concludes with:

We have become friends, and after winning the position of school president, he (the original bully) has focused on eliminating the culture of bullying in our school.

This article by Jimmy Alfonce Owino was originally published in the Christian Science Journal. Click here to read or listen to his full explanation of how he handled this situation.

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