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Hold On   Leave a comment

P1000937From the wreckage of a ship lost at sea one night, a young sailor managed to swim to a great rock jutting out from the ocean not too far away. In the morning he was able to swim from it to the shore.

Later he was asked, “Weren’t you trembling with fear out there on that rock all that night, with the winds howling and the waves crashing and foaming all around you?”

And the young man answered, “Yes, sir, I was, but the rock wasn’t! And I knew that as long as I clung to the rock, I was safe.”

Throughout the ages “rock” has been a symbol of strength and security. The Bible refers to it again and again. In a song of thanksgiving the Psalmist exults, “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust.”1

In the parable with which he closes his Sermon on the Mount, Christ Jesus tells us: “Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.”2

In the Glossary of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy gives as the spiritual sense of this biblical image: “Rock. Spiritual foundation; Truth.”3 All through her writings runs the conviction of the presence and permanence of this spiritual foundation of eternal Truth, to which each of us can confidently and steadfastly cling, and upon which we can build enduring lives of love and service. The winds and waves of human experience, of pain and fear, of poverty and war, may beat and shock; but the rock, Truth, stands forever sure, our fortress and our strength.

Being steadfast is really a glory in itself. No condition, past, present, or future, can withstand Truth.

As we hold fast to Truth, as we love it and live it, we will find our consciousness of good enlarged, our days “big with blessings,” our steps safe and secure, our lives strong and beautiful. We will be steadfast.

To read the entire article “Be Steadfast” by Jeanne Roe Price find it here

Posted July 28, 2018 by cscanberra in fear, Resolutions

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Trusting God, finding home   Leave a comment

P1000710 Our little condo sold before we had found another place to live. While we were able to make temporary living arrangements and borrow a car, the resulting nomadic and uncertain lifestyle felt deeply unsettling to me. As there were no suitable homes in the city available in our price range, an air of hopelessness began to creep in. Discouraged and a bit frightened, I turned earnestly to God in prayer – something I’d found helpful many times before.

I spent hours carefully reading the Bible, pondering what I read, listening for the mental nudge of God’s direction, and acknowledging His loving care for my family and for everyone. These lines from a favorite hymn in the “Christian Science Hymnal brought me great comfort:

Home is the consciousness of good
That holds us in its wide embrace;
The steady light that comforts us
In every path our footsteps trace.

(Rosemary C. Cobham, alt., No. 497)

 

If consciousness is the true expression of home, as the hymn says so beautifully, I saw that my role was to continue to listen for inspiration and trust God’s goodness, and keep that focus in my consciousness. If my thoughts were filled with qualities such as love and gratitude, I wouldn’t have enough mental space left for worry, which is a form of fear. I’ve found many times in my life that the active expression of love, gratitude, and other spiritual qualities results in transformation both of my mental outlook and of whatever experience I’m going through.

As we continued to pray with these ideas, we felt inspired to put in an offer on a particular home, even though we’d previously made an offer on it that had been rejected. This time, however, the offer was accepted and the sale terms were resolved within just a few days; a month later, we moved in. I was touched by how quickly all this happened and felt it was an affirmation of the power of prayer.

To read the full article from The Christian Science Monitor’s A Christian Science Perspective by Jennifer McLaughlin or to listen to it, click here

Calming the storm of fearful predictions   Leave a comment

 

Listen to an example of resisting fearful thinking in this Daily Lift

“While a single news item can often feel a little scary, sometimes a series of events appear to point towards a “perfect storm.”…

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“….The clear glimpse I had that predicting evil was actually forecasting a spiritual falsity woke me up, and impelled my prayer out of the starting blocks. I became increasingly conscious of the nature of God’s perfection and its expression in all of God’s creation, and as a result I began to see the future differently. The looming question mark hanging over me gave way to a calm confidence that nothing lay ahead except the spiritual experience of God’s goodness, and tangible solutions that would come to light as a result of that.”

You can read this contribution by Tony Lobl in it’s full version here

Posted January 19, 2018 by cscanberra in Daily Lift, fear, Tony Lobl

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Love is Powerful   Leave a comment

 

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Deborah shares with us a powerful solution that dissolved a scary situation through the power of brotherly love.

 

 

 

 

 

Listen to this Daily lift by Deborah Huebsch:

Hearing the ‘Still Small Voice’ in the Face of the Storm   Leave a comment

shutterstock_78699079A Christian Science perspective:  Praying for safety during stormy weather.

by Allison J. Rose-Sonnesyn

On a cross-country move several years ago, a friend and I were driving across South Dakota when a weather report announced that a massive supercell thunderstorm was right behind us, following our route to the hotel we booked part way across the state.  The situation was quite serious, as tornadoes were expected to accompany the storm, and we were very exposed.

For a few moments, I felt afraid.  But I have learned through my study of Christian Science that as children of God – which all of us are – we are never truly helpless.  … Read more …

In this article, Hearing the ‘Still Small Voice’ in the Face of the Storm, Allison describes the prayer that brought a sense of peace and safety during a dangerous storm.  This article was originally published in the CS Perspective feature of the Christian Science Monitor.

Into the New Year – The Lord Shall Be Thy Confidence   Leave a comment

$ dreamstime_11095603Into the New Year – The Lord Shall Be Thy Confidence – Readings from the Bible and the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. (The Bible – Proverbs 3: 23, 26)

I hear thy promise old and new, / That bids all fear to cease: / My presence still shall go with thee / And I will give thee peace. (Christian Science Hymnal No 136, Violet Hay)

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:  Into the New Year – The Lord Shall Be Thy Confidence.

What it Means to Me to be a Christian Scientist   Leave a comment

The Christian Science Church – a part of the Canberra community.  Members share testimonies and talk about their lives as Christian Scientists. 

Playing GuitarMy name is Jen and I am a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  I love learning about other people’s religions – I hope that some of you will love learning about mine.

Although Christian Science is very much based on what Jesus taught us, I often describe it to atheist and agnostic friends as a blend of Buddhism and Quantum Physics.  This is because it has a focus on overcoming a material view of the world, and understanding God as a spiritual life force.  It also presents us with a set of rules that we can use to understand God and His relation to man:  spiritual laws that are the basis of reality.

So what does this mean for me, as a Christian Scientist?  It means that I work every day to bring spirituality into my experience, and have seen healing as a result.  I lived in Indonesia for a year and attracted a lot of attention as a fair-haired, blue-eyed foreigner.  I developed anxiety during my time there due to the constant staring, catcalling and sexual harassment.  When I came home to Australia, I struggled to shake the anxiety, which made me incredibly tense, neurotic and irritable.  It took me a couple of years of prayer to overcome my anxiety:  it was clear that I was safe, but I was facing mental suggestions that I should hold onto fear to protect myself.

I had the choice of turning to a powerful God who created me free of fear, to a God who made me feel unsafe and fearful, or to no God at all.  I chose the first, as praying to know that I am the spiritual creation of a loving God has brought me healing in the past.  I had a major light-bulb moment in this case when I realized that the opposite of anxiety is expecting good.  I replaced thoughts of fear and anxiety with thoughts of safety and optimism, knowing that an All-Powerful God would always protect His creation.  This allowed me to free my thought from fear, and I have felt relaxed and protected ever since.

This is a testimony of how I understand God and myself, and also of how I use Christian Science prayer in facing the challenges in my life.  I use the laws that Jesus taught us to overcome limited views of myself, and rid myself of fear in living a peaceful life.

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