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Quick Relief from Flu Symptoms   Leave a comment

When a seemingly vicious flu-like condition passed through my children’s school district, my daughter came home from high school one day with the symptoms. As I helped her into bed, a most comforting poetic phrase I was familiar with came to mind: “It shall not come nigh thee” (Psalms 91:7 ).

I knew from experience that the Bible’s promises and words of guidance were not for ancient times alone, nor for only one particular group of people. Rather, God’s infinite ability to help applies to everyone, in all times.

So we immediately turned to God in prayer. …

… When my daughter awoke the next morning, she was completely well—so much so that she was welcomed back at school. No one else in our house was infected. 

This article, titled: It Shall Not Come Nigh Thee by Laurie Toupin, was originally published in the May 11 2020 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.

Click here to read the full text of the article where Laurie explains how she prayed about this situation and how her prayers brought a sense of peace that resulted in perfect health.

New Views of Humanity   1 comment

Take away wealth, fame, and social organizations, which weigh not one jot in the balance of God, and we get clearer views of Principle. Break up cliques, level wealth with honesty, let worth be judged according to wisdom, and we get better views of humanity.

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p239: 5)

Posted January 7, 2022 by cscanberra in Consciousness, Prayer for the world, Thought, Values

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Real Christmas – All About Love   Leave a comment

Christmas is one of the most important events in human history.  That’s a big statement to make. It’s a big statement because the real Christmas relates to Christians, Muslims, Eastern and Western religionists, believers and non-believers.  The real Christmas message is relevant all year round, not just on one day.  So, what’s so big and important and relevant about Christmas?

It’s all about the underlying message that Jesus’ birth ushered into the world.  Yes, the details of the story are important. That whilst Joseph and Mary were travelling she gave birth to Jesus in a stable (which was actually a cave rather than a barn).  His birth had been long prophesied – he was the one who would save the Jewish people from oppression.  But it’s the underlying message that’s of the greatest importance, both then and today.  It’s important because Jesus’ birth was the beginning of a life lived with such love and dominion that it transformed the experience of the people around him, and its legacy is still felt and celebrated over 2000 years later.

Jesus’ mission was to show us what makes life work right for us.  Maybe that doesn’t sound like such a big statement but look at the effect he had on the people around him. He turned poverty into overflowing abundance; ill health into full health; bad sinful behaviour into good honest character.  His life was entirely motivated by love – love for God and love for his fellow man.

Jesus was revealing a different dynamic aspect to life that was not obvious to the senses but one that could bring practical healing solutions to life’s problems. He understood the tangible power of spirituality.

What is spirituality?  Simply, spirituality pertains to things of the spirit, or the non-physical.  It’s all those qualities of thought that are good and true. It’s ideas that make life work right for us, like kindness, honesty, trustworthiness, intelligence, creativity, happiness.  

Spiritual thinking cares for all, never harming man nor beast nor the environment.  It’s living the Golden Rule, the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes that Jesus, Moses and others have given us.  These rules, when understood and lived, make our lives happy and successful.  But here’s the big difference in Jesus’ message to us.  If we think these are human qualities they are liable to human frailty and failure.  Jesus showed us that these spiritual ideas and qualities have a divine source, not human.  They’re sourced in God and so have divine authority and power.

The principle that Jesus continually turned to was divine, not material.  He revealed to the world a non-physical power; a spiritual force for good, that could and did meet all human need.  He revealed to us that the true governing harmonising power underpinning our experience was God, but he showed us an entirely different way of thinking about that term God.  He showed that the true concept of God was Love, as the Bible states.  He showed us the true power or Principle in our lives and in our world, that makes existence harmonious, well and peaceful, is Love, divine Love.

At Christmas, and all year round, don’t we all know, Christian, Muslim, Eastern, Western, believer and non-believer, that it is Love that makes the world go around.  It’s Love that makes life worth living, it is Love and only Love that can bring ‘on earth peace, good will to men.’

This article was contributed by Beth Packer a member of the Christian Science Church in Wollongong.  You can study these ideas in depth in the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.  You would be most welcome to attend our services (details are at the top of this page.)

The Promise of Christmas   Leave a comment

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O peace of the world, O hope in each breast,
O Bethlehem star that ages have blest,
A day of fresh promise breaks over the land,
Gaunt warfare is doomed, and God’s kingdom at hand!

(Christian Science Hymnal 236 by Irving C Tomlinson)

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)

Beyond Lockdown – A Light at the End of the Tunnel   Leave a comment

In Canberra the lengthy COVID restrictions are now being eased. Thank goodness! As we approach re-opening and a more normal way of living and interacting, it’s important that we make sure all we’ve been through in the last 18 months has not been in vain.

We can think of these months of social isolation in two ways – as an awful time that was so hard, so lonely and often scary, or, as a unique opportunity. Could anything else have given us the opportunity to stop the busyness of everyday life, be still, and re-evaluate how we’ve been living in this world and treating one another? That initial decision as to how we’re going to think about this time, is immensely important because it dictates the failure or success of our experience ahead.

The repercussions of the initial decisions we make was brought home to me in a very dramatic way. My husband and I and our two young girls were holidaying, staying in a country motel. It was the very darkest time of night, we were all deep asleep when the oldest girl, who normally slept very soundly, for no discernible reason, suddenly woke up. As we were settling her back down, we smelled smoke. My husband looked out and saw the bushes beside the building on fire. Being ex-army he jumped into action and began hosing down the flames, but then realised the underside of the building was also alight. That’s when he found the whole of the underneath of the motel, which was fully occupied, was also on fire, and the rooms were starting to fill with smoke. We roused everyone and soon the fire was being put out. When the police arrived, they said it was an act of deliberate arson and five minutes more the floors would have collapsed into the flames.

Fear was starting to govern everyone’s thinking as they realised that through the evil actions of others, they had all nearly been killed in their sleep. It was at that point I realised we had a decision to make. There was another way of looking at the situation. It was that, even in the middle of the night when we were all sleeping the most soundly, even then we were alerted, saved and kept unharmed, that even in that extreme situation evil could not win. It was that option that we voiced to the group, and when we did, the atmosphere tangibly changed. Feelings of fear and vulnerability were replaced with a deep sense of safety and protection. Too, instead of my daughter feeling frightened, she felt the exact opposite, she felt like a hero.

Afterwards when I was thinking about what had taken place, I realised that in the weeks leading up to that holiday, I had been doing a lot of praying. Praying to me is not a pleading to a far-off God for benevolence, but a deep, conscientious recognition of the divine goodness ever-present in our lives. Tuning our thought to all that is right and good and loving is a bit like practising our maths calculations – we get better at it and see more right results appear. To me that’s what God is, the Principle that makes life work right and brings out those good results.

As we now move forward into this new way of living, recognising the good we’ve all had the time to focus on and practice, can help us feel assured that good results lie ahead for us. Through this period, haven’t we all been diligently and selflessly caring for one another in being isolated and law-abiding? Haven’t we had the time to rethink how we value our families and community? Haven’t we all been re-evaluating how we can better care for our planet? The basis of this thinking is love, and the Bible defines God as Love. Thinking rightly and acting lovingly is like doing our maths correctly, it assures us of good outcomes. It gives us the assurance that our futures will work out rightly.

This way of thinking about God, life and ourselves is Christianly scientific. If you’d like to look into this powerful healing way of thinking then visit the beautiful official website christianscience.com.

God’s Love, in Every Culture   Leave a comment

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

This article was originally published in the December 2011 issue of the Christian Science Journal. In it the writer, a member of the Canberra Christian Science community, shares how she overcame loneliness and cultural differences when she moved to a remote area of Indonesia to teach English.

She writes: My first two weeks in Singkawang, West Kalimantan, were traumatic.

It took two weeks, but finally I turned to prayer. And then I felt I had something familiar to lean on. I loved the idea of setting aside time for God every day at sunset, which most people around me did. The local mosque sat just across the road, and I decided to mentally join in the melodious call to evening prayer. My room faced a vividly green rice paddy, and I would sit on the balcony to read and pray, looking down at the men praying in the mosque, and watching sparrows flitting in the rice paddies, waiting for the enormous, jungled mountains to fade into darkness. 

Finally, I felt the peace I was searching for. I glimpsed that God, Truth, is relevant in every nation, culture, and situation. I prayed to recognize those around me as my brothers and sisters, our differences dissolved by the understanding that we all shared the same Father-Mother God. As I continued to pray, my perspective gradually changed, and my loneliness and frustration melted into love and fascination.

Click here to read the full article where the author explains the spiritual reasoning that led to this being a happy and rewarding experience, and one where she grew in her appreciation of the true brotherhood of man.

A Living Prayer   Leave a comment

How to Hug a Cactus   Leave a comment

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A Daily Lift by Brian Webster

In this 3 minute podcast Brian talks about how to come to terms with people whose views seem so opposite to ours. He explains that by taking a spiritual perspective it is possible to love and appreciate the good in everyone.

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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