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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.

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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’s Ordered Universe   Leave a comment

Upheaval in the world might suggest that there’s no hope for finding order in it. But as this author discovered, acknowledging and evidencing God’s control in our daily lives helps us understand how peace and harmony truly prevail.

This article by Emma Leslie is from the Christian Science Perspective featured in the August 25, 2022 Christian Science Monitor.

Reports of extreme weather, war, the pandemic, and economic instability can make it feel as though we live in a chaotic universe where we have little agency over our own lives.

As someone who has found mental peace and practical answers through prayer, I wanted to pray to see beyond this depressing view of life to something more hopeful, for myself and my family and for all citizens of the world. A moment of chaos on a recent trip gave me a modest but significant opportunity for such prayer.

Click here to read, or listen to, the full article.

Safety in Time of Trouble   1 comment

Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings.

(The Bible – Psalm 61: 1-4)

No Storm Can Shake My Inmost Calm   Leave a comment

Through all the tumult and the strife

I hear the music ringing; …

What though my human comforts die,

The Lord my Saviour liveth;

What though the darkness gather round,

Songs in the night God giveth.

No storm can shake my inmost calm

While to that Rock I’m clinging;

Since Love is God of heaven and earth,

How can I keep from singing?

(Christian Science Hymnal 533)

Protected by the Divine Father-Mother   1 comment

O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.

Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

(The Bible – Psalm 139: 1, 2, 7-10)

God – Our Refuge   Leave a comment

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, . . . though the waters thereof roar and be troubled”


(The Bible – Psalm 46: 1-3)

The Peace of Righteousness   1 comment

… the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;

(The Bible – Isaiah 32: 17, 17)

Protected During Hailstorm   2 comments

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

Two years ago on a Monday afternoon Canberra was struck by a hailstorm of such ferocity that thousands of cars were destroyed and buildings severely damaged.  I was working on this day and had to deliver meeting documents to Government House in Canberra.

On my way out of the grounds of Government House the security guard at the gate let me know there was a big storm brewing and asked if I would be all right driving.  I assured him I would be fine.

Before I got to the turn-off, the storm broke and hail came pelting down.  My first thought was perhaps I should turn around but I decided to carry on.  When I reached the road which leads onto the main road, I noticed both sides were packed with parked cars, even on the nature strip and there was no place for my car.  I thought I might carry on slowly to the main road. 

Suddenly there was a loud bang against the car door and I thought I might have run into another car.  When I looked towards my mirror there was only an object which I did not recognise for a moment but then I realised it was the mirror holder without a mirror.   A strong gust of wind must have blown it against the door which caused the bang.

I was becoming a little rattled, when a thought from the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy came to mind, page 469:  “We bury the sense of infinitude, when we admit that, although  God is infinite, evil has a place in this infinity, for evil can have no place where all space is filled with God”.  I am God’s protected child, and I am surrounded by God within this perfect space where evil and inharmony cannot enter.

Another thought came to me from the Christian Science Hymnal, hymn 148, “In heavenly Love abiding, no change my heart shall fear; and safe is such confiding for nothing changes here.  The storm may roar about me, my heart may low be laid; but God is round about me, and can I be dismayed?

With these thoughts I headed onto the main road; there was no other traffic but lots of hail, tree branches and twigs.  I drove slowly to my place of work thinking on these wonderful God thoughts which calmed me and brought a sense of peace.  I reached work unharmed and with no further damage to my car.  I thanked God for His protection and guidance.  

I feel privileged to be a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Canberra, and for duties I have been able to perform such as Second Reader, board membership, ushering and Reading Room attendant.

To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.”

(The Bible – Jude 1: 25)

Where is God When Bad Things Happen?   Leave a comment

From the pandemic to political division to climate disasters, today’s news begs the question “Where is God when bad things happen?” And if God is here, why doesn’t it seem to make a difference?

This podcast series investigates different aspects of this large question. Each of the speakers shares a different view of God that can help you find your own peace and experience the kind of stability we all want these days.

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Here are the links to the four sessions in this series:

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Where is God When Bad Things Happen – Part 1: The Basics with Scott Preller

Where is God When Bad Things Happen – Part 2: Responding to Emergencies with Diana Davis Butler

Where is God When Bad Things Happen – Part 3: Finding Hope with Hilary Harper-Wilcoxen

Where is God When Bad Things Happen – Part 4: Getting Out of the Mess We’re In with Deborah Huebsch

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A new podcast is produced each week and can be accessed via the PODCASTS tab in the menu line at the top of this home page.

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