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Out of the depths of depression   1 comment

P1000397_2.jpgOne night, as I lay in bed marveling at the unusual quietness of the evening, I began to consider some of the things I’d recently read that were gaining traction in my thought. Two that stood out were this beautiful verse from the Bible, “From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Psalms 61:2), and a line from Science and Health: “The three great verities of Spirit, omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, – Spirit possessing all power, filling all space, constituting all Science, – contradict forever the belief that matter can be actual” (pp. 109-110). I saw that God, the divine Spirit, made us not as defective mortals, but as the spiritual expression of His limitless love.

After a few minutes of pondering these ideas in the darkness, my thought suddenly became startlingly clear. It was as though, without realizing it, I had been held under water for a very long time, when all of a sudden I was unexpectedly released and shot to the surface. For two weeks after, all my waking moments were suffused with an awareness of God’s infinite presence. I felt genuine, boundless joy for the first time in years.

For the entire contribution by Dean Coughtry in a Christian Science Perspective from The Christian Science Monitor listen or read here

Buoyancy   Leave a comment

Some Thoughts on Buoyancy

Akin to the priceless sense of humor is the Christly quality of buoyancy; …… Buoyancy may be viewed as that “garment of praise” which Isaiah declared should replace “the spirit of heaviness.” This “spirit of heaviness” is a descriptive term for the effects of depression.

shutterstock_106035929Let us bear in mind that this “garment of praise” really belongs to man; and we can always find it, and find that it fits. It is a garment bespoke for man. It was made also for the lesser ideas, for buoyancy is natural for man in all respects. Once a Christian Scientist serving as a nurse became so tired, worn, and disheartened by the tenacity of the error in the case that “the spirit of heaviness” descended upon her, and so engulfed her that she fled the bedside and the house of gloom to the garden, where she slumped dejectedly upon a bench under a great tree. The burden of the weight of forebodings and depression was so heavy upon her that her downcast eyes saw only the darkness and the dankness of the soil beneath her feet. Then suddenly her ears caught the indescribably cheerful sound of a song, so clear and clean and good as to lift her eyes to the branches of the tree.

There she saw a wren poised on a twig and telling the world how perfectly all right everything was. Intrigued, the nurse watched the bird, which presently darted down and picked up a stick from the ground, then flew to the box someone had thoughtfully fastened to the tree trunk. Now a wren box, as you know, has a very little hole for a front door, to prevent the intrusion of larger birds. So when our little friend attempted to take the material for her nest into the hole with her, she found she could not because she had grasped the stick exactly in the middle. Frustrated, she let go the stick and flew to the top of the house, where she considered the problem for a time. Then she lifted up her head and sang.

It sounded to the nurse very like a psalm of gratitude, and it cut through the gloom in her heart like a thanksgiving. She felt “the spirit of heaviness” lifting, and the “garment of praise” descending upon her and enveloping her. Suddenly the bird finished her song, and, dropping to the ground, picked up the stick again; but this time she grasped it at the very end. Flying straight to the box, she disappeared inside, the twig following her with perfect ease. And the nurse breathed, “Thank you, God.” Her buoyancy recovered, she went straight to that bedside, and saw, with tears of joy, the coming of gladness where was the shadow of sorrowing, perfect healing where only mourning had been forecast.

Buoyancy is the quality that enables one to rise to the top or to remain there, in whatever adverse circumstance. In “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” (p. 167), Mary Baker Eddy has put this quality into these words: “We apprehend Life in divine Science only as we live above corporeal sense and correct it.”

 

Posted January 26, 2018 by cscanberra in depression, Gratitude

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