Archive for the ‘JSH’ Category

How Can You Pray About Bad Weather   Leave a comment

An article by Tyler Flavin, which originally appeared online in the teen series Q&A –  September 20, 2022

In this article Tyler describes the wild weather that engulfed the campers he was caring for and how he prayed about this situation. He talks also about what he learned from this experience.

… Just before the storm hit, there was an eerie stillness—just for a moment. Then the rain came down hard, and I saw one of my fellow counselors, who was heading out to get further instructions from the camp director, disappear into the rain not five feet away from the cabin. Even his neon jacket wasn’t visible behind the sheets of water.

… I was so grateful for this experience, because it taught me that no matter what storms we face in life—literal storms or mental ones—God is not in them, but He is still with us. We can know and demonstrate that His peace and His power can calm any storm.

Click here to read the full text of the article.

When the Enemy Comes in Like a Flood   Leave a comment

An article by Even Mehlenbacher from the 29 September 2022 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.

When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19), the Bible tells us. The war in Ukraine has captured the attention of people around the world. The spectacle of a massive military force invading a sovereign nation without provocation, meeting fierce resistance, and now plotting a bigger, more destructive offence, has many people wondering what can be done to protect the lives of all caught in this conflict and restore a just peace to that part of the world.

We can support such progress by understanding that there’s a spiritual basis for staying safe when faced with a flood of aggression and oppression.  continue reading

In this article Even shares his prayers and the proven spiritual truths that he affirmed in order to bring a sense of peace.

When I Stopped Letting Age Define Me   Leave a comment

This article by Robert E J Wehman was published in the August 29, 2022 edition of the Christian Science Sentinel in the series How I Found Christian Science.

In my late teens, I wanted to learn to play the harp and hoped to become a professional harpist. But the head of the harp department at the local music conservatory told me I was too old to take up the study and make a career of it. 

Years later, after establishing myself in another arts-related career, I met a world-famous harpist in New York City. I told her that if I had met her when I was a child, I would have taken up the harp, and I shared the story of being denied the opportunity to study the harp because of my age. She immediately told me that if I stopped letting age define me, I would never again be too young or too old to do anything. And if I did this, she’d take me as a student. I agreed and commenced studying with her.

I found out later that this woman was a Christian Scientist. Her encouragement to stop letting age define me was my introduction to the practical truths taught in Christian Science.

In this article Robert tells how letting go of a concept of age opened up new avenues in his career and in his circumstances and led him to the study of Christian Science. Click here to read, or listen to, the full article.

If I Know, You Know   1 comment

An interview with Beth Packer, a Christian Science practitioner from NSW, Australia

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When a baby goat went missing, Beth learned a profound spiritual lesson about our oneness with God. She shares how a deepening understanding of this central Christian Science concept has helped bring healing to other areas of her life—and how it can in yours, too.

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Daily Lift by Beth Packer – If I know, you know.

A quick listen …

Sentinel Watch Podcast: The full interview with Beth.

If you enjoyed the ideas shared in this short Daily Lift podcast, then hear more of how Beth used these ideas to solve other problems in this longer interview.

Millstone or Milestone   Leave a comment

A short poem by Peter J. Henniker-Heaton … food for thought:

A millstone or a milestone,
Which shall it be?
Shall I hang it heavy around my neck
And drag it along with me,
Or stand it up by the roadside
To mark one more victory?

This poem was originally published in the January 29, 1966 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.

“All Tears Will Be Wiped Away”   Leave a comment

An article from the Christian Science Sentinel by Caryl Emra Farkas

A few minutes after hearing a voice mail saying that my father had passed on, I got a call from someone who wasn’t in the habit of calling out of the blue. It was my Christian Science teacher, and I was so grateful that he listened to this spiritual intuition and rang me. 

I answered through tears because I was so overwhelmed with my sense of loss. …

In this article Caryl describes how she overcame what seemed like an all-consuming sense of loss. She learned that overcoming the sadness didn’t mean that she loved her dad less but it enabled her to see him everywhere by recognising the presence of the qualities that he expressed.

Click here to read the full article as published in the Christian Science Sentinel.

Healing After Sexual Abuse   Leave a comment

An article from the Christian Science Sentinel by Diane Marrapodi

Recently a chorus of women around the world lifted their voices on social media to raise public awareness of sexual harassment and assault. Under the hashtag #MeToo, millions have posted their stories of being mistreated because of their sex. 

Shining a light on this dark corner of human injustice is an important step toward solving the problem. But for victims who struggle with aftereffects of abuse, is it possible to go beyond #MeToo to find freedom and peace? My experience shows that a Christianly scientific understanding of God and man can bring complete healing and liberation.

In this article Diane shares her experience and details her path out of the mental turmoil and shame that seemed to envelope her afterwards. Click here to read or listen to the full article.

Spirituality and Physical Fitness   Leave a comment

A satisfying approach to physical fitness

by Alexander Workman

While at school, I developed a love for sport—running, mountain biking, circuit training (calisthenics). I appreciated the mental refreshment, stimulation, and inspiration these activities gave me, which were especially useful at exam time. Although I didn’t realize this until much later, the generally acknowledged benefits of exercise—reshaping one’s body, and muscle conditioning in particular—became a god to me as time went on. The desire for an improved body was only accentuated when, during my first months at university in 1993, my eating habits caused my weight to jump 20 percent. Dissatisfied with my appearance, I found my self-confidence beginning to erode. …

In this article, first published in the Christian Science Sentinel, Alexander describes how he learned to develop a more spiritual concept of himself – a concept that resulted in a sense of freedom from continual worry about weight and about whether he was getting enough exercise. Even when his life and work commitments necessitated a more sedentary life-style he found he could say:

… I was free! A mental sentence was lifted—I no longer feared the adverse effects of not exercising, and my zeal for it faded. I suddenly realised that over the last couple of years I’d lost all the weight I needed to. 

Click here to read the full text of this article, a Satisfying Approach to Physical Fitness by Alexander Workman from the Christian Science Sentinel.

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