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How are you praying about the situation in India?   Leave a comment

With news reports continuing to come in about the increasingly desperate situation in India with COVID-19, the editors of the Christian Science Sentinel reached out to colleagues from India to ask how they were praying. Annu Matthai, a full-time Christian Science teacher and healer from Bangalore responded:

In the face of a global pandemic, it can be tempting to feel helpless and hopeless. We might even wonder, Can prayer really help? Yes, it can. Here in India in the midst of what seems to be overwhelming lack, loss, and fear, I’ve found help in the Bible: “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” (Psalms 61:1, 2). 

Through my study of Christian Science, I’ve learned that God is infinite, all-powerful, ever-present Love. This is the “rock” to which we can all turn and on which we can stand when feeling overwhelmed. …

Click here to read the full article by Annu where she describes how she prays and the good that she sees unfolding in her country.

Listen here to a 3 minute talk by Annu Matthai describing her prayer for India.

Be a Circuit Breaker   Leave a comment

A Daily Lift by Jutter Hudson, a Christian Science nurse

In this 3 minute talk Jutter describes how she used the idea of a circuit breaker to interrupt the constant flow of disturbing news regarding the pandemic and other world events. This helped her handle these ideas calmly and enabled her to feel she could be a force for good in the world. She gives an example of a healing of a family member that resulted from this circuit-breaking thinking.

A new 3 minute inspirational talk is shared each day Monday-Friday. To listen to more click on the Daily Lift tab in the menu above.

First Steps   Leave a comment

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

Wake up.  Bound out of bed. Feet on the ground.  Up and running.  Seize the day!

Some advocate such a start to the day.  Others are advocates for an “Oh no! Not another day” approach and pull the covers up and almost refuse to face the day.

To begin my day, I start with a more reflective approach.  It is not a reaction to the day.  It is a contemplative period beginning with a daily prayer.  I begin my day with the Daily Prayer from the Manual of the Mother Church:

“Thy kingdom come;” let the reign of divine Truth, Life and Love be established in me, and rule out of me all sin; and may Thy word enrich the affections of all mankind, and govern them!   (Manual of the Mother Church p41, Mary Baker Eddy)

This apparently simple prayer holds so much.  But why start the day with such an invocation?

From my experience, beginning with such an approach has a calming effect on my entire day.  It allows me to be less reactive to events that occur during the day.  There is a certain degree of ‘stillness’ within me, and this allows me to call this prayer to mind so much more easily throughout the day.  It reminds me of who I am and what I am capable of. This prayer allows me to feel more at ease with the world and engenders a degree of ‘spirituality’ within me.

Those days when I do not start the day with the Daily Prayer, I tend to encounter ‘problems’ – disharmony, reactions to situations, greater disagreement – thoughts tend to ‘race’, and it is much more difficult to rein in my thoughts.  I still refer to the Daily Prayer on such days, but getting back to such a more considered, reasoned and thoughtful mindset can be time consuming.

In Christian Science there are seven synonyms for God: Life, Love, Mind, Principle, Soul, Spirit and Truth.  If I start the day with such a thought – let God (Truth, Life, Love) be established in me – how can I not have anything but a great day?  This prayer goes further and asks that God’s reign rules out of me all sin. All sin, not just some, but ALL sin.  This is to start the day!  What a positive way to greet the day:  clear my thoughts; start the day seeking and finding all good within myself.  Building on this, the prayer then looks at God’s word to “enrich the affections of all mankind”.  Already at the beginning of the day, I go beyond looking at and thinking about myself and adjust my thoughts to include all mankind.

This is not a prayer without substance.  This is an applied prayer, with application for all my interactions and thoughts throughout the day.  Without the application of this prayer my day can be somewhat ‘pear-shaped’; by applying this prayer even before getting out of bed my day is so much better.

Testimonies from Sunday School Students   1 comment

Students from the Christian Science Sunday School in Canberra share ways they have resolved physical problems through prayer:

Lessons on the Netball Court

I play netball for a local team.  During a recent game I was playing down at the defense end.  At one point in the game I caught the ball.  The opposition player was also running for the ball and she didn’t stop in time.  She fell hard into my knee which twisted inwards.  It really hurt.  However, I kept going because I knew if I went off, we wouldn’t have a replacement for me.  I was in quite a bit of pain so I held to the truth, that I had learned in Sunday School, that I was spiritual and therefore couldn’t be hurt.  I relaxed when I held to this idea. Quickly the pain left and I played the rest of the game without any problems.  This shows how instant God’s love is.

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Stomach Ache Gone

Last weekend I had to play in a soccer game.  Part way through the game I got a really bad stomach ache.  In Sunday School I’ve learned to watch my thinking, so I thought to myself that there is no such thing as pain because God is by my side forever and always and He made me perfect.  So, I just kept playing.  The pain went away straight away and I played really well.

After the soccer game I went to my friend’s house and then the pain started again.  I thought of reasons why I might have a pain but I knew God didn’t make pain so there was no reason for it.  I sat quietly and prayed again.  That was the end of the pain.

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Praying for My Baby Sister

I am only 3 years old, so my mum and aunty are helping me to write my story.

I have been Skyping into Sunday School for a few weeks now.  My teacher has been teaching me that God is Love and that God always keeps us safe.  She is also teaching me some fun songs like the Circle of Love.  My favourite game is the one where we say, ‘No’ to bad thoughts and ‘Yes’ to good thoughts.  I use this at home now when I am tempted to be naughty.

The other day I was in the car with my little sister and my mum.  My sister started to cry really loudly.  She had a sore tummy and she wanted Mummy, but Mummy was driving so I leaned over and held her hand.  I told her that she was safe because God loved her.  My Sunday School teacher taught me that God loves everyone and keeps them safe.  Straight away she stopped crying and was happy.

Now I use what my teacher is teaching me whenever my sister is crying.  Sometimes I skip around her singing the Circle of Love song and sometimes I hold her hand and sing the Meghan song that my teacher taught me.  It goes like this:

Hello Meghan, Hello Meghan

Who are you?  Who are you?

You are God’s reflection

Showing His perfection.

God loves you, God loves you.

When I do these things she always stops crying.  This is how I know that God loves us.  I love learning about God in Sunday School.

The Faith That Heals   Leave a comment

Wednesday Testimony Readings

  

  … your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. (The Bible – I Corinthians 2: 5)

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The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God, — a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p1: 1-4)

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Every Wednesday at 6.15pm a Testimony Meeting is held at the Christian Science church in Canberra (corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets, Barton). At these meetings short readings on a particular topic are followed by time for members of the congregation to share how they have been helped and healed through prayer.

Everyone is welcome. If you are in Canberra on any Wednesday, please join us.

This is a recording of the Wednesday readings on the topic: The Faith That Heals.

Lost Phone Found   Leave a comment

dscn5602The Christian Science Church – a part of the Canberra community.  Members share testimonies and talk about their lives as Christian Scientists. 

This article, Lost Phone Found, is by a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.   In it the writer tells how her prayers calmed her fears and led to the recovery of the phone.

Last year my sister and I had the opportunity to spend a few days in a game reserve in South Africa.  It was a wonderful experience and we took advantage of the early morning and late afternoon game viewing safaris that were offered.  Between us we took many, many photos of the beautiful scenery and magnificent animals.

My sister was taking photos on her iPhone and I was using my camera.  On our last trip out, at our half-way stop my sister realised that her phone was missing.  We had been sitting in the very back seat which projected out over the end of the open safari vehicle.  The tracks were very bumpy and we guessed that at some point her phone must have bounced out of her pocket and fallen onto the road.  We thought back to the last time she remembered using it; she had taken pictures of buffaloes about 20 minutes back.

Our guide was wonderful and offered to return to the buffaloes in the hope of finding it.  Each of the seven passengers on the trip hung out of the vehicle watching on all sides as we slowly retraced our steps.  At first my sister seemed quite subdued.  Apart from her photos, the phone contained all her work contacts and other valued information.

My sister and I were brought up in a Christian Science family and it was natural for us to turn to God in prayer when situations like this occurred.  I knew she was praying.  In my prayer I claimed that God, who I know as infinite Mind, knew all things and that nothing could be lost to infinite Mind.  At first I found it difficult to get over the sense of disappointment for my sister.  I didn’t like to see her sad.  But then I realized that this was not about a phone or about my sister; it was about what I trusted.  Did I really believe that God was good and that we were safe in His care?  Did I really believe that God was the only Mind, the only power?  Did I really believe that God was love?  I have had so many healings and demonstrations of these truths that I absolutely had to say:  Yes!  I do believe!  As I came to this realization all sense of unrest left me and I felt totally comfortable in His love and care.  At the same time my sister said: “It’s only a phone, you know.  I can easily get another one” and she seemed relaxed and happy again.

Despite everyone’s concentrated efforts scrutinising the track we travelled all the way back to the buffaloes without finding the phone.  It was now late in the afternoon; the light was dimming and our guide said it was time to head back.  Still the comfortable feeling that all was well didn’t leave me, and my sister continued to be happy and relaxed.  I knew she was feeling the same.   About ten or twelve minutes down the track the young man at the very front of the vehicle called out for the driver to stop.  He jumped out and picked up the phone.  This was the very spot on the track where I had decided to trust and where my sister, through her prayers, had been released from all sense of loss.  We had actually driven over the phone but there was not a mark on it – it was perfect.

Situations like this teach me that it is safe to trust in God’s love.  I am reminded of Jesus’ statement:  Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free (John 8: 32).  The truth is that God is love (I John 4: 8).  This is a law that can be relied upon.

To read more testimonies of healing shared by members of the Christian Science Church in Canberra click on the archive headings on the left for May, June and October 2016.

 

 

A Prayer and a Cat   Leave a comment

The Christian Science Church – a part of the Canberra community.  Members share testimonies and talk about their lives as Christian Scientists. 

shutterstock_124754725This article, A Prayer and a Cat, is by Debbie who is a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  She describes how her prayers for the world also resulted in healing for a friend’s cat.

I would like to share a healing that happened some years ago but it’s one that has meant a lot to me.

At the time I was working as a teacher in a local primary school.  There was one particular colleague that I sat with sometimes at lunch; she often talked to me about her cat, Hershey, who seemed to be a big part of her life.  However, at this particular time much of her conversation was about her upcoming trip to the US – a holiday for which they had been saving for a long time.

One day I walked into the staff room to find this friend crying gently while she ate her sandwich.  I sat with her and asked what had upset her.  She said that Hershey was sick and the vet had said he would die any day.  She was supposed to leave for the US in a few days and no cattery would take a cat that was about to die.  The kindest thing to do, the vet said, was to put him to sleep before she left.

My friend couldn’t bring herself to put her beloved cat down and felt guilty that she was leaving him when he was so ill.  Yet the holiday couldn’t be cancelled at this late date.

Without thinking too much I said:  “Would you like me to mind Hershey?” Immediately she jumped at this idea and within the minute it was settled.  She said she understood that he would not be alive when she returned but that at least he could go in his own time and in comfort.  I agreed.

Two days later Hershey was delivered to my place.  I admit I was not prepared for the sight of him.  He lay motionless in his basket; he was skin and bones with dull tufty fur and sore spots; his eyes remained closed.  I was informed that he needed his own quiet, dark room with no interruptions except for his medication.  I had not considered the issue of medication. He had so many!  She explained that Hershey had an immune deficiency condition – a cat’s version of AIDS she said.  We installed Hershey in his room and she said her good-byes.

For two days I tried to give Hershey his medication but it seemed to cause him so much stress.  I couldn’t see the point so I stopped.  I had been brought up in Christian Science and had always solved problems quickly through prayer.  Prayer for me was not a passive asking God for help but an active change of base in my thinking and spiritual reasoning.

There had been a lot of news coverage at this time around the issue of AIDS and I had been praying about this.  In my reasoning I went back to my basic beliefs:  I believed that there was a controlling order or principle to the universe and that principle was Love – another name for God.  A God of love I reasoned could not make a dangerous universe; that a God of Love protected creation, it didn’t expose it to harm.  I had proved many times that holding to spiritual truths, even in the face of evidence to the contrary, resolved inharmonious situations.

Now I applied this reasoning to Hershey. He was part of Love’s creation and I knew this Love was a powerful force for good.   In the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy writes:  You embrace your body in your thought, and you should delineate upon it thoughts of health, not of sickness (p208) so I embraced Hershey in my thought in this way.  I didn’t dwell on him, but I held to this idea every time I did think of him.  I felt safe that he was safe.

Very quickly he began to respond.  In a day or so he was up and walking about his room; another day or two he was out and exploring the house.

At the end of two weeks my friend returned and phoned to see how things had gone with Hershey.  She was very surprised to hear that he was ready to be picked up.  When she arrived to collect him he was sitting on the back of the lounge in the sun looking out the window.  He was plump and healthy, his fur was flawless and sleek and shiny, and he had a playful sparkle in his eyes.  He was very glad to be going home.

Sometimes when I pray for the world I am tempted to wonder:  Are my prayers doing any good?  This experience with Hershey gave me further proof that spiritual truths are powerful, more powerful than material evidence, and that prayers are effective in bringing about harmony in any situation – even those given up as hopeless.  I continue to be grateful for all that I am learning in my on-going study of Christian Science.

Gratitude for Healing – Headaches No More   Leave a comment

The Christian Science Church – a part of the Canberra community.  Members share testimonies and talk about their lives as Christian Scientists. 

shutterstock_171402770This article, Gratitude for Healing – Headaches No More, is by Barbara who is a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  She relates how she has found permanent freedom from headaches through prayer and spiritualisation of thought.

Recently I read a beautiful expression of gratitude from a student of Christian Science who related how he had been healed of headaches.

It reminded me that I too had been healed of headaches so many years ago that I had really almost forgotten about it, and that healing has been permanent.

I was a fairly new student of this Divine Science at the time, and had never before experienced an instantaneous healing.  My job was such that I was continually dealing with the public, and it was important to be pleasant and attentive at all times.  That is not easy with a throbbing head.

I thought about God, the one and only power, and asked myself if I thought that He could have a headache.  The answer was no, I did not believe He could.  So then I asked myself again if I could possibly have something that God did not have, and certainly could not give me, and remain pure and loving.  The answer was still no, and at that moment I was entirely free of any pain.  That freedom has been mine for more than fifty years now.

Having said that, I cannot claim that the feeling of a headache coming on has not knocked at the door of my consciousness, but it has gained no admittance.  I have confronted it in various ways, such as “get thee hence, Satan”, to use the words of Jesus (Matt 4:10).  Satan is a Hebrew word signifying an adversary, an enemy, an accuser; or simply I would say, “I don’t do headaches” which is not very scientific, but I know that I do not have to cover the same ground again, and what God has done is done forever.

In obedience to the teachings of Christian Science I take the advice given in the textbook Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy where Mrs Eddy says, “Stand porter at the door of thought.  Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realised in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously” p392: 24-27.  Similarly, to quote the Bible again, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7).

Through the study of the Bible and the Christian Science textbook I am assured that ‘with God, all things are possible’.

Healing Like an Awakening   Leave a comment

The Christian Science Church – a part of the Canberra community.  Members share testimonies and talk about their lives as Christian Scientists. 

$ dreamstime_7616146This article, Healing Like an Awakening, is by Christine who is a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  She shares how a deeper understanding of God as Principle helped to bring about the healing of a restricting physical condition.

Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science has an interesting definition of this Science:  “To live so as to keep human consciousness in constant relation with the divine, the spiritual, and the eternal, is to individualize infinite power; and this is Christian Science.”

My study and practice of this Science of Being has resulted in a deep sense of peace, joy and gratitude. I am learning how thought is vital to my everyday experience and keeping my consciousness in relation to the divine, is the key to an awareness of what is real.

Many times I experienced that what was first so real, so frightening, so painful was changed totally by a change of perception, a change of thought, the realization that we are not alien to the divine Principle, or law, but are truly one with the divine Life.

I would like to explain this further with a physical healing that happened some years ago.  I grew up with the practice of Christian Science Mind-healing and so it was very natural for me to turn to it in every need.  So when I became ill with symptoms that were never diagnosed (listlessness, sleeplessness and no appetite) I turned to God for a greater sense of wholeness and perfection.  I worked with a Christian Science healer but my condition did not change until I became quite frail.

My husband gave me an ultimatum one day and asked me to see a medical practitioner.  I could see that this was a reasonable request but it also somehow awakened me to expect healing and a change in my thought that I had been working on every day – a kind of transformation.  That night when I could not sleep, I got up and walked around our kitchen and thought of 7 synonyms or names for God that Mary Baker Eddy explains in her book Science & Health.  These are: Mind, Soul, Spirit, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.

I often ponder them when I want to get a clearer idea of what God means to me and I did this aloud at this time of great need. For example, I thought of how my life was an expression of the one big Life, Life that could never get limited, disharmonious.  There is Truth that always frees us from limitations and how Love is the one cause of all being. When I came to the concept of a divine Principle, or law, something suddenly cleared in my thinking.  I realized that I was connected to the law of Life, the law of being – everyone was.  I bathed in that thought and it became like a light and also something of substance I could lean on, something that had indeed great power.

During this prayerful time I became very calm and eventually I returned to bed and for the first time in weeks, slept peacefully. In the morning I was well, ate a big breakfast and although I had been quite weak, there was no need for recuperation. I quickly gained my normal weight and started living an energetic life once more. In fact just two days after the night time turn around, I saddled my horse and went for a long ride through the countryside with such a sense of unbounded freedom.  The healing suddenly felt so natural, as if all that had happened was that I had woken up and realized that all was well.

Gratitude for Protection   Leave a comment

The Christian Science Church – a part of the Canberra community.  Members share testimonies and talk about their lives as Christian Scientists. 

shutterstock_62922805This article, Gratitude for Protection, is shared by Barbara who is a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  In it she describes her introduction to Christian Science and a significant instance of protection during a bush fire.

Recently I read a verse from the Bible which I will quote in part, “Whatsoever things are of good report; … think on these things” (Phil 4:8).  This verse reminded me of how much good I have to be grateful for in my life.  I have come to recognize that our Creator, God, (ever present good) is the one and only source of all harmony for all of His children.

In my case, this has come about through the teachings of Christian Science as given in the textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

Many years ago I became interested in these teachings through witnessing a remarkable healing which my mother had.  At this time, she was suffering from a nervous break-down with strong suicidal tendencies.  She herself had heard of Christian Science through her brother who had been healed of a broken neck, and was leading a normal life.  She sought the help of a Christian Science practitioner, one who prays, as Jesus did, for the recovery of the sick, or of any inharmony in one’s life.

Gradually literature such as the Christian Science Sentinel and Journal began to appear in the home, as well as the textbook.  At first I started to read these, wondering if I could help my mother, and to find out what it was that she was studying.  I was so taken by the logic of what I read, that I could not stop reading.  This was my introduction to the teachings of Christian Science, and since then I have had daily proof of the omnipotence and omnipresence of God, good.

Apart from daily blessings there have been potentially life threatening experiences where the acknowledgement of God’s law of harmony has saved me and others from grim situations.

One such situation which I would like to share with you is being protected in a bush fire.  My husband and I were living rurally at the time, and there were out breaks of fire in the district in a number of places.  On this particular day the fire was roaring up from the gully towards several properties and fanned by a wind that seems to drive the fire forward.

The usual precautions had been taken to protect the house, like the grass being cut short around the home, gutters filled with water and buckets of water in place.  The only water available was precious tank water.  The rural fire brigade must have been elsewhere attending to other fires, and the fire fighters on our property had only wet bags on the ends of long handles to beat the flames as they engulfed the bush and the grass.

The picture was so overwhelming that I did not seem to be able to get a thought that would calm me, and I well knew that it had to be a message from God.  I felt like a little child, and the prayer for little children written by Mary Baker Eddy, which I had taught to my children rescued me.  It says “Father, Mother, God, loving me, Guard me when I sleep, Guide my little feet up to Thee.”  What I got from that was a trust in God that He would guard and guide and all would be well.

Almost immediately we had people as it seemed, just come from everywhere, to assist.  Our house and the fire were a goodly distance from the main road, but people just came down the house road with all manner of helpful things.  One man came in a small utility truck with a tank on the back full of liquid which he sprayed from a pump.  We later found that it was an insecticide, but it helped douse the flames.  Others came just as they saw the smoke from the main road.  Another man who lived further along the road eventually left us to go and check out his own property, and there were others, and more stories.

Both properties closest to the fire were saved, and of course those further up the hill were also out of danger.  There was no loss of life in the vicinity, praise be to God.  To me, this is indeed “good report”, and I love to “think on these things”.

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