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The Path that is Lighted   Leave a comment

God is the fountain of light, and He illumines one’s way when one is obedient. The disobedient make their moves before God makes His, or make them too late to follow Him. Be sure that God directs your way; then, hasten to follow under every circumstance.

(Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896 by Mary Baker Eddy p117)

Posted November 23, 2022 by cscanberra in God, humility, Mary Baker Eddy, Wellbeing

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The Hungry Heart   1 comment

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When a hungry heart petitions the divine Father-Mother God for bread, it is not given a stone, — but more grace, obedience, and love.

(Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896 by Mary Baker Eddy p127)

What did Mary Baker Eddy say about the weather?   Leave a comment

Throughout her life, Mary Baker Eddy, the Founder of Christian Science, lived in an area of the United States prone to climatic extremes. Having grown up on a farm, she was certainly aware of the impact that weather conditions could have on people’s economic and physical well-being. And in teaching Christian Science, she identified weather forces as subordinate to God.

Irving Tomlinson was a student of Eddy and worked on her staff for a number of years. He described her approach to the weather this way:

Mrs. Eddy taught us that weather conditions are not beyond God’s control, and that they can be corrected through right prayer. She made it clear that Christian Scientists are not to attempt to control or govern the weather. We should know that God governs the weather and no other influence can be brought to bear on it. She said we are to be particularly watchful to guard against any disastrous effects of storms.

Eddy’s correspondence and other writings indicate that she specified violent weather elements in particular as requiring ongoing prayerful attention. …

Clara Knox McKee was Eddy’s personal maid in 1906 and 1907. She recounted an experience that helps to illustrate further the distinction Eddy made between attempting to control the weather and holding it as a subjective state of human consciousness:

One day Mrs. Eddy called her students into her study and pointed to a very black cloud, shaped like a cornucopia, coming toward the house in direct line with her front study window. She asked each one to go to a window and face it, and to realize that there were no destructive elements in God’s creation. While the cyclone came whirling straight toward Pleasant View, before it reached within a mile or so, it parted and went around Concord and into the mountains, doing very little damage in our neighborhood. …

Mary Baker Eddy’s convictions regarding God, prayer, weather, and climate grew out of her Christianity. As a student of the Bible, she read in the Hebrew Scriptures accounts of prophetic appeals to God in times of drought. She knew well the Gospel stories of Jesus Christ stilling a storm on the Sea of Galilee. Unlike some others, however, Eddy came to believe that these incidents were neither miracles nor interruptions of the natural order. Instead, she classified them as demonstrations of divine law, which overruled what she identified as the limitations associated with laws of nature.

These statements are from an answer compiled by the researchers at the Mary Baker Eddy Library (menu option: Questions). The complete answer to the question: What did Mary Baker Eddy say about the weather? can be read here:

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.

Our Oneness with God   Leave a comment

A Daily Lift by John Tyler, a Christian Science teacher and practitioner.

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In this 3 minute podcast John talks about how learning to view himself as the reflection of God gave him a new view of himself that resulted in some very positive outcomes when he was sitting important exams.

All One in Love   1 comment

‘Love’ what a word!

Isn’t it Love that makes us happy?  Isn’t it Love that heals our hurts and fears?  Isn’t Love the thing that at every stage of our lives we need in order to flourish and thrive, not just survive?

Isn’t it Love that makes life worth living?  Isn’t it Love and only Love that can bring ‘… on earth peace, goodwill to men’?

Golden Rule

Love is what unites us all.  No matter what our religion or philosophy, Christian, non-Christian, atheist, sectarian, Love is at the heart of us all. In fact, most great spiritual thinking has the Golden Rule as a core value.

Judaism says, ‘What is hateful to you do not do to your neighbour.’

Buddhism – ‘Hurt not others with that which hurts yourself.’

Sikhism – ‘Treat others as you would be treated yourself.’

Islam – ‘Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.’

In the Christian Bible, Christ Jesus says, ‘… all things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do even so to them.’

Love for one another is at the core of all of them.

However, this Love that is such a core principle, has to be more than mere human affection.  So, what then is it?

What Does the Bible Say?

The Bible does tell us very clearly when it says in 1 John, ‘God is Love’. 

For many, that term ‘God’ is variously thought of as the non-physical, all good, supreme Being; the governing benevolent power in our lives and of the universe.  Too often though, we can also overlay our sense of God with all sorts of human traits and limitations.  But, to think of the supreme, wholly good, governing power of all things, as Love, lifts our thoughts of God beyond the human into something far greater; it lifts it into the realm of the divine.  It takes away a sense of the distance and unknowability of God, the humanness and variability, and brings it to the here and nowness, the closeness of Love, of what we already know within the core of ourselves. 

A Powerful Force

It makes Love a powerful force in our lives.

Love is the true essence of all religion.  This is certainly true of Christian Science. I grew up in Christian Science, but you can’t inherit an understanding of what a religion has to offer. There has to come a point when you decide for yourself that its ideas and Principles are right and good. 

Personal Experience

For me it was this sense of God as Love, that helped me see its worth.  Like most of us, I went through a period where I felt lost and alone, and very unloved, but it was the inner voice that kept telling me how much God loved me and knew me, that blew away the darkness and brought me into the light – the light of feeling loved.  It literally transformed me.

In fact, the founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, has made Love an essential quality for being a Christian Scientist.  She said, “Christian Scientists, their children and grandchildren to the latest generations, inevitably love one another with that love wherewith Christ loveth us; a love unselfish, unambitious, impartial, universal, — that loves only because it is Love.” (Pulpit and Press p21:1)

Original Christianity

It’s a high ideal to live up to, but no less a standard than Jesus set for original Christianity. Original Christianity loves without discrimination; unites and never divides; values a person by the quality of character not material riches. This original standard is at the heart of Christian Science.

Find Out More

If you would like to know more about this religion of Love, please meet us at our Sunday Services (10.00 am) and our Wednesday Testimony Meetings (6.15 pm).  We are located on the corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets in Barton.  Sunday School for students up to the age of 20 is also at 10.00 am – new students are always welcome.

This article was contributed by Beth Packer who is a full-time Christian Science healer.

A Prayer of Love   1 comment

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My prayer, some daily good to do
To Thine, for Thee;
An offering pure of Love, whereto
God leadeth me.

(Christian Science Hymnal No.253 words by Mary Baker Eddy)

Overcoming Evil   2 comments

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At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil with good.

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy)

Honest Achievements   Leave a comment

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The devotion of thought to an honest achievement makes the achievement possible.

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p199: 21)

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