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Easter – An Ecumenical Gift to Humanity   Leave a comment

Dramatic sky scenery with a mountain cross and a thinking person. A symbol of heavy inner struggles. Where to go? What do you say?One of the most beautiful and unique gifts Christians bring to the world is the joy of Easter.

At first, Mary Magdalene, who loved Jesus so much, didn’t recognize him when he stood outside the tomb.  Two other disciples, walking with him to the town of Emmaus after he was risen also didn’t recognize him for a while.  Thomas couldn’t imagine the idea of resurrection without physical contact with him.  His crucifixion was indeed jarring to all of them, probably leaving them feeling defeated and heartbroken.  But he had taught them all how to look again – how to reconsider what was going on – in order to find the living, timeless Christ among them.  (See the final seven chapters in the Gospel of John.)

Regardless of their individual struggles, Jesus helped each one deal with the meaning of this resurrection and to re-think the meaning of life and the relevance of God’s kingdom on earth.  He was their evidence of victory and hope, a sign that all the sorrows of the world – sin, pain, and even death – would ultimately yield to this Easter joy.

But interestingly Mary, the two unnamed disciples walking to Emmaus, Thomas, and the others all saw the situation from different points of view.  Their approach to the startling news of resurrection was ‘ecumenical,’ in that they witnessed the same Christ in resurrection, and yet they understood it from their unique points of view.  They were united in one Christ, as each one found just what he or she needed to experience resurrection in some fashion for themselves.

We are still witnessing the resurrection today from many different points of view.  …

Click here to read the full text of this article, Easter – An Ecumenical Gift to All Humanity, by Shirley Paulson. 

Walking with God   Leave a comment

shutterstock_173792090Walking with God – Readings from the Bible and the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

Man walks in the direction towards which he looks, and where his treasure is, there will his heart be also.  If our hopes and affections are spiritual, they come from above, not from beneath, and they bear as of old the fruits of the Spirit. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, p451)

Every Wednesday at 6.00 pm a Testimony Meeting is held at the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  Each meeting begins with readings selected from the two books designated as the Pastor of Christian Science:  The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.  A new topic for the readings is selected each week.

At the conclusion of the short readings the congregation is invited to share thoughts on this topic and relate how they have used the principles of Christian Science to solve life’s problems and bring physical healing.

If you are in Canberra on any Wednesday please join us. Everyone is welcome.

This recording represents the readings on the topic:  Walking with God.

Who Will Take Care of Me   Leave a comment

shutterstock_168169064ACCORDING TO the Australian Bureau of Statistics, it’s estimated that seniors will make up around one-third of each state’s population by 2051. With longevity increasing and an aging population, governments in Australia and elsewhere are wrestling with the question of who will care for older citizens in the future.

Discussions about this are often built on the expectation that most people will become unwell and incapacitated as they age. As a result, many individuals are asking, Should I remain on my own, live closer to younger family members, move into retirement accommodation, or reserve a place in a nursing home? Will I be able to care for myself?

The Scriptures encourage me to remember that our well-being is maintained by God. For example, in speaking of a God-given ability to remain alert and active, the Bible says in Psalms: “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing” (92:12–14).

Based on this line of reasoning, we can reject the notion that accumulated years must bring about ill health and a loss of independence. Because God is Love, He is constantly caring for us. This spiritual understanding strengthens us and enables us to be more useful and productive at any age.

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This article, Who Will Take Care of Me by Beverly Goldsmith, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.  It is now available on JHS-online.   In it Beverly describes how her spiritual reasoning is more than just positive thinking; it is based on her understanding of our true spiritual nature.

Beverly is a freelance writer who has a strong interest in the connection between spirituality and health.   She is a full-time Christian Science healer and teacher.   To read more from Beverly follow her blog at: spiritualityandhealthconnect.

 

Retirement Leisure   Leave a comment

shutterstock_88373215Most retired people want to live full and useful lives.  They want their days to be at least as satisfying as when they were working steadily.  It is good that so many feel this way, because leisure based on useful activity is a natural human expression of divine Life, or God.

Christian Science teaches that everyone can live a productive, meaningful life. Read more

In this article, Retirement Leisure,  J. Thomas Black talks about how a deeper understanding of God as divine Life helps us to live happier, healthier more fulfilling lives.  The article was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel; it is now available through this link to JHS-online.

Just Say ‘No!’ to Decline   Leave a comment

shutterstock_95565325As a young man I was in the Royal Indian Army. I did many daring deeds in the Second World War. I traveled to many countries. I married, and my wife and children were a joy to me. I took great pleasure in life. But many years later, the sense of fulfillment I’d enjoyed began to fade. I looked at my physical condition and was tempted to believe that I’d become old and my life was declining. I questioned, “What is life?” “What is my life?” “Can the accumulation of a certain number of years constitute a declining status?”

My search continued for quite some time, several years in fact. I became severely depressed and felt empty and tired. But as I deepened my study of Christian Science and explored its teachings about the spiritual basis of life, I was gradually able to shed those depressed feelings.  Mrs. Eddy said in Science and Health, “The measurement of life by solar years robs youth and gives ugliness to age” (p. 246). …

These truths alerted me to the error of seeing myself circumscribed by a count of years. Read more

In this article, Just Say ‘No!’ to Decline, David Robert Ramaji, describes his personal journey out of depression over a sense of the finiteness of life into a deeper understanding of his own permanent spiritual existence which brought joy and a renewed satisfaction.  The article was first published in the Christian Science Sentinel and is now available on JHS-online.

Why We Need to Rethink Ageing   Leave a comment

shutterstock_174024581Today’s shift in thought concerning seniors’ capabilities was pre-empted by spiritual thinker, Mary Baker Eddy, who wrote more than a century ago about “the everlasting grandeur and immortality of development, power, and prestige” which are part of our spiritual being.

These days we hear of Australians in their 80s and older, who compete in major sports events.  And many who are still working into their 70s, 80s and 90s, their occupations varying from cloakroom attendant to running a cancer research centre.

It’s almost as if they think they might live forever!

And why not!  Laugh if you will, but this idea of the impact of what we expect bears a little more consideration It was found in a study that “how we think about ageing” has a greater impact on our longevity than do gender, socioeconomic status, loneliness or how healthy we are.

It couldn’t be a better time for all generations to think more deeply about how perceptions of ageing can have an impact on their health and longevity.  Too many jokes about granny and her walker might just shorten your own life span.

Perhaps we should instead celebrate senior achievers and champion both their accomplishments and the qualities they express.  This may lengthen our lives by planting the idea that their victories over age will be just as attainable for ourselves!

A Journal of Physiology study found, “positive self-perceptions can prolong life expectancy.  Expectations about the inevitability of physical decline with advancing years may be incorrect and that how we age is, to a large degree, up to us.”

If it’s up to us, why not envisage for your older self a life of volunteering or enthusiastic service, increased tolerance and humour, a wealth of experience and the wisdom to tackle any problem.  Cherishing this hope at all ages will tend to lessen any inclination to belittle the elderly.

And understanding why we have grounds for such hope can help avert the wave of panic that might otherwise threaten to wash over us in our 40s or 50s in response to the threat of ageing, or when we come face to face with our own mortality as a result of the loss of a close loved one.

Neurologist Dr Peter Whitehouse, author of the thought-provoking book The Myth of Alzheimer’s,” adds a frequently overlooked aspect to successful ageing.  He describes ageing as our “unique ability to grow spiritually and mentally.”

The way I see it, such spiritual growth is key.  I’ve found that a developing consciousness of our present spiritual nature – made in the “image and likeness of God”, as the Bible puts it – helps to extinguish fears about ageing that grow out of a more material sense of ourselves.

I like how the Bible corroborates the scientific approach of needing to change our expectations, but points to a deeper means for doing so than positive thinking.  It says, “The Spirit alone gives eternal life.  Human effort accomplishes nothing.” (John 6:63)

As we understand this, we might be less enticed by the latest body-focussed fads to reverse the ageing process.

Eddy’s summation in Science and Health gives practical advice, “Life and goodness are immortal.  Let us then shape our views of existence into loveliness, freshness, and continuity, rather than into age and blight.”

Time to review your expectations for the future?

This article was submitted by Kay Stroud who is a life-long Christian Scientist and a writer drawing connections between consciousness, spirituality and health, and trends in that field. 

Follow her blog at www.health4thinkers.com

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Making Age Irrelevant   Leave a comment

shutterstock_74750959This article, Making Age Irrelevant by Ellen Shank Collins, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.  It is now available on JHS-online.  In it Ellen challenges us to look beyond age, for ourselves and others, in setting life expectations. 

“Never record ages,” writes Mrs Eddy in Science and Health, the textbook of Christian Science.  An explanation is given further down the same page: “Life is eternal.”  Age isn’t a factor in eternal living.  Does this concept seem too radical a standpoint for everyday use?  Evidently not.

Today the attitude on age is shifting, which indicates perhaps a higher degree of understanding of eternal Life, God.  People see more clearly now that age isn’t necessarily an accurate indicator of mental or physical capacity.  Would it be all that surprising to hear of a twenty-nine-year-old university president or of a seventy-year old college student?  Rigid restrictions relating to age are breaking down.  Age is beginning to be perceived as less relevant.

To be lasting, this emerging concept needs to be substantiated by more than just a thought trend.  Christian Science challenges the process of deterioration.  It teaches that there’s a spiritual, scientific basis for proving the irrelevancy of age, a basis found in the Bible … Read more …

 

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