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Breaking Out of a Standstill   Leave a comment

A Sentinel Watch interview with Alexandre Fischer

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In this lively interview Alexandre is asked about how he prays when he has a challenge to overcome. He explains how when his prayers seemed less than effective he learned to focus more on listening to God rather than telling God. He gives some interesting examples from his own life that demonstrate how effective prayer can be.

Comments from a Reader   1 comment

A couple of weeks ago I was looking at this Canberra blog site and found a list of testimonies.  The first one caught my attention because it featured chooks and I love chooks.  The testifier told of gathering eggs from her chook run and then stepping on to a rusty nail amidst the chook manure.  She became quite fearful having heard of the claims of tetanus.  She then explained how she came to a healing conclusion as a result of her life-long study of Christian Science

A couple of days later I was walking around the house in socks and I felt a sharp pain in my foot.  There was a rusty needle embedded in it. My thoughts went on fast forward.  Then I thought, “what about that testimony you read?’  I read it again and gradually the fear began to subside but lingered a little.

The next day I joined a Zoom testimony meeting at the Christian Science church in Redcliffe, Queensland.  A lady told of pruning roses and of a thorn becoming embedded in her arm.  It looked quite ominous but she prayed diligently and after a few days all was well.  After listening to that testimony all fear completely vanished.


The next day my cat came home with a battered face and there were puncture wounds.  He had obviously been in a fight.  I couldn’t take him to the vet as I didn’t  have use of a car.  I got some water and cotton wool and he pushed me away as if to say, “You’re not washing my face!”   I said to him this has all been proven, well and truly – by the testifiers in Canberra and in Redcliffe and my own experience and you are not the exception to the rule. The next morning he went out and was gone all day and didn’t come back till after dark.  It was apparent that the healing was going forward quickly and in no time there was no evidence of the wound.

Thanks to your church for putting the testimonies on your web site.  Thanks to the testifiers from your church and Redcliffe and for my own healing.  And thanks to  Gussy for being proof that “All of God’s creatures moving in the harmony of Science are harmless, useful, indestructible.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p514)

What I Learned from a Whale Song   Leave a comment

A Daily Lift by Bobby Lewis, a Christian Science practitioner.

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In this 3 minute podcast Bobby tells how when difficult life circumstances seemed to be pulling him down the beautiful sounds of whale song brought him peace and reminded him to pray and take a more spiritual viewpoint. This new outlook had a healing effect on this life.

“God with us” all   1 comment

The February 24, 2022 edition of the weekly Christian Science Sentinel features an article by Jeannie Ferber who describes how she is praying about situations of conflict and war. In her prayers she takes inspiration from Bible stories where similar situations were averted and harmony restored. She also takes courage from the personal stories of friends who have been caught up in war zones. In describing one of these situations she writes:

The destruction all around my friend was so extreme that a mortal, material sense of life began to lose its meaning. As must always be the case, the greater any discord seems to become, rather than actually becoming more real, it begins to lose its legitimacy. In the midst of all the destruction, when my friend felt an irrepressible sense of life, he knew that what he was feeling could only be of God. 

Click here to read the full article in which Jeannie shares the spiritual reasoning that brought her peace.

Hearing God   Leave a comment

Spirit, God, is heard when the senses are silent.

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p89: 20)

Family Freed from Contagion   Leave a comment

An article by Sharon Morash Brooks from the July 6 2020 Christian Science Sentinel

As the COVID-19 crisis deepened, I turned to Mary Baker Eddy’s short article titled “Contagion” (see Miscellaneous Writings 18831896, pp. 228–229) for insight and inspiration. A number of years ago I read that article almost every day for over a year. I share this testimony in the hope that it will help others.

When my daughter started preschool, she and my husband brought home every contagious ailment that was going around and unwittingly shared them with her little brother and me. We toppled like dominoes. I was dismayed at what seemed an enormous challenge. 

Click here to read or listen to the full article in which Sharon describes the spiritual reasoning she employed to quickly dismiss this and other episodes of contagion that seemed to threaten the well-being of her family.

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.

Credit Card Safe in a Busy Airport   1 comment

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

Just before the COVID restrictions came into force my sister and I were travelling in the US.  At one point we were catching a flight from one of the larger airports.  The terminal was extremely busy and there were long queues everywhere.  We needed to check in our luggage so we queued at one of the self-serve terminals.  There was a cost for each bag and my sister said that it was her turn to pay this time.  She inserted her credit card into the slot in the machine and we filled out all the on-screen questions and received our baggage tags.  From there we queued again to drop our bags and then joined the long winding queue going through security.

Finally we were through with just enough time to find lunch before our flight left.  At this point my sister realised  that she no longer had her credit card.  We had left it in the self-serve terminal!  This was the card that held all her travel money.  A good hour had passed since we checked our baggage and with the queues everywhere it seemed impossible that the card could be found.  My sister suggested that I wait near the café with the hand luggage and she would go back through to the check-in machines.  My job was to stay calm and to pray. I knew my sister would be praying too.

I sat quietly in a corner and turned to God.  I have come to know God as the all-knowing divine Mind.  The All-knowing I reasoned knew exactly where that card was.  I have also come to know God as divine, Father-Mother Love.   As a loving parent God protects and guides His offspring. I have had many proofs of God’s loving care in other circumstances and this gave me confidence that all was well.   In my prayer I also acknowledged that God’s man is honest.  As I thought on these things I felt a sense of peace that replaced any sense of anxiety I had felt.   

Within a very short time my sister was back – and smiling!  She waved the card at me. ‘ Look what I found’, she said.  ‘It was exactly where we left it in the check-in machine.’  My sister explained that she had intended to go to the information counter in the hope that the card had been handed in but she had a very strong mental message not to do this but to go to the terminal we had used and check there.  She obeyed this direction and found the card in the slot just where we had left it.  We had no human explanation as to how this could have happened given the number of people using the machines.  A later check on her card showed that no extra charges had been made beyond our last baggage charge.

For what I am learning in Christian Science and for the peace that these teachings bring I am always grateful.

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.

(Christian Science Hymnal 134)

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)

Run Over but Unharmed   2 comments

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

Prior to these current COVID restrictions I travelled often with my sister.  In 2019 she was invited to do a series of Christian Science lectures across the US.   I was her support person.  It was my job to take charge of the everyday organisational issues such as getting through airports and finding meals in strange cities.  More importantly it was my job to prayerfully protect and support her lecturing work. 

My prayers were prayers of affirmation, not petition.  I acknowledged God as divine Love and as infinite all-knowing Mind.  I acknowledged that these lectures were right ideas and as such they were God’s ideas, as all right activity is God’s.  I knew that God protected and brought to fruition all His ideas harmoniously.  I also knew that all those involved in bringing these lectures to the public were protected in this work and that only good could come of these activities.

On this particular day the lecture went off very harmoniously.  The venue was perfect, the audience large and focussed and my sister spoke with such sincerity and inspiration that all were moved by the words.  Afterwards we were taken back to our accommodation by one of the organisers.  When we arrived the driver pulled up in the driveway and my sister jumped out.  For a moment I sat half in and half out of the back seat while I passed bags and coats out to my sister.  Without checking whether we were fully out the driver suddenly started forward.  My sister immediately called for her to stop which she did.  The quick movement of the car jerked me out onto the driveway.   I didn’t fall but I landed awkwardly and the car came to a stop completely on my right foot.   This wasn’t a small car and the pressure on my foot was immense.  I was wearing only my little ‘going out’ shoes and these offered no protection.  Because of the prayerful work I had been doing during the day I felt no fear.  I also felt no pain.  My sister called out to the driver to back up but she became confused about what had happened and asked a series of questions that didn’t quickly result in her taking the necessary action. 

Eventually the driver did back up and I was able to pull my foot away.  Throughout this I continued to feel calm.  Despite the feeling of great pressure, at no point was there any pain or discomfort.  As the driver pulled away we picked up our things and headed inside.  I can honestly say I did not have a single twinge or any indication that anything untoward had happened.  There were absolutely no after effects.  I put this down totally to the fact that I had been keeping my thought fixed on the omnipotence of God, good, during that day and all the previous touring days.  Christian Science teaches me that what I think is very important in determining the events of my life and my wellbeing.  I am hugely grateful for all that I am learning as a student of Christian Science.

Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts. 

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p260:4)

A number of Christian Science lectures, including the ones given by my sister on this tour are available on this site. Click on the Christian Science Lectures tab in the menu at the top.

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