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Gratitude is Riches   Leave a comment

Our gratitude is riches,
Complaint is poverty,
Our trials bloom in blessings,
They test our constancy.
O, life from joy is minted, 
An everlasting gold,
True gladness is the treasure
That grateful hearts will hold.


Words by Vivian Burnett, Christian Science Hymnal, No.249

God, the Good Shepherd   2 comments

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Shepherd, show me how to go
O’er the hillside steep,
How to gather, how to sow, —
How to feed Thy sheep;
I will listen for Thy voice,
Lest my footsteps stray;
I will follow and rejoice
All the rugged way.

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This is the first verse of a poem titled, Feed My Sheep, by Mary Baker Eddy, the Founder of Christian Science. It is included in the Christian Science Hymnal with a number of tunes.

Pressure of Workload Overcome   1 comment

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

A poem by Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, helped this writer over come the stress of a crowded work agenda. The poem, titled Satisfied, has been set to music and included in the Christian Science Hymnal.

It matters not what be thy lot,
So Love doth guide;
For storm or shine, pure peace is thine,
Whate’er betide.

And of these stones, or tyrants’ thrones,
God able is
To raise up seed — in thought and deed —
To faithful His.

Aye, darkling sense, arise, go hence!
Our God is good.
False fears are foes — truth tatters those,
When understood.

Love looseth thee, and lifteth me,
Ayont hate’s thrall:
There Life is light, and wisdom might,
And God is All.

The centuries break, the earth-bound wake,
God’s glorified!
Who doth His will — His likeness still —
Is satisfied.

Towards the end of my employment with the Department of Education.  I had a very busy job; most weeks I put in 50-60 hours and still didn’t feel on top of the workload.  One evening a friend gave me a ticket to a Music Aviva concert because he thought I could do with a break.  However, my head was so filled with all the tasks I had to complete in the next few weeks that I heard nothing of the music and went home feeling still very much under pressure.  At home I sat down and made a list of all the activities I had to organise before the end of the school term which was coming up fast.  I thought this might help clear my head.  In all I had 26 events to organise.  Some were staff meetings I had to give, others were full day workshops and training days, some were mediation and review meetings.  I had very little clerical support so all of the organisation fell to me – the catering, the bookings, the paperwork, the course content. 

Writing it all down didn’t help at all.  While I was doing this my son called me.  He was living interstate at the time.  He asked if I would pray for him with regard to a physical problem that was restricting him somewhat.  Of course I was happy to help him, but it felt like just one more thing that was asked of me.

In desperation I turned to God and asked: ‘How do I do all this?’  The answer was very firm: ‘You don’t. I do.’  This idea had and immediate calming effect.  I felt led to open my hymnal to hymn 160 – Mary Baker Eddy’s Satisfied.  The words were like a balm to my soul.  The ideas held such comfort that straight away I felt the sense of pressure drain away.  I knew I was safe because “God able is”.  I realised that all right activities were God’s activities, and He was the one that brought them to fruition, not me.

It was the fourth verse that particularly stood out to me:

Love looseth thee, and lifteth me,
Ayont hate’s thrall:
There Life is light, and wisdom might,
And God is All.

As I read these words I felt lifted above the human picture that said I had an impossibly crowded agenda.  I actually felt the lightness of Life – lightness as in not heavy.   I also saw that Love loosed my son from his belief of restriction.  I was able to let all sense of personal responsibility go and rested in God’s love.

The next day I had a phone call from my son to say the physical problem was completely resolved.  He was very pleased.  All the activities I had scheduled were completed successfully and I can honestly say there was not a moment of pressure or stress.  Every event or activity was a joy in its preparation and unfoldment.  Not since that night have I ever felt pressure over human activities or schedules again.  Always now I know that ‘Love doth guide’ and ‘God is gloried’ and I am satisfied.

Thy Presence Ever Goes with Me   Leave a comment

Wednesday Testimony Meeting readings

This recording is of the readings on the topic: Thy Presence Ever Goes with Me

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I love Thy way of freedom, Lord,
To serve Thee is my choice,
In Thy clear light of Truth I rise
And, listening for Thy voice,
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.

(Hymn 136 from the Christian Science Hymnal – words by Violet Hay)

A Hymn of Comfort   Leave a comment

I look to Thee in every need,
And never look in vain;
I feel Thy touch, eternal Love,
And all is well again:
The thought of Thee is mightier far
Than sin and pain and sorrow are.

Thy calmness bends serene above,
My restlessness to still;
Around me flows Thy quickening life
To nerve my faltering will:
Thy presence fills my solitude;
Thy providence turns all to good.

Embosomed deep in Thy dear love,
Held in Thy law, I stand:
Thy hand in all things I behold,
And all things in Thy hand.
Thou leadest me by unsought ways,
Thou turn’st my mourning into praise.

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Hymn 134 from the Christian Science Hymnal words by Samuel Longfellow.

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