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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.

Limitless Worth and Employment   Leave a comment

An article by Lindsey Biggs from the Christian Science Monitor.

Where does our worth come from? A particular job? How much praise we get from a job well done? Many of us have had to wrestle with such questions.

Lindsey writes:

There was a point when I desired additional employment. I felt there were greater ways that my skill set could be used than in what my role at the time offered.

I regularly turn to prayer when I need help or guidance. Prayer gives me a clearer sense of my (and everyone’s) relation to God. I’ve found that getting a clearer view of what God sees and knows helps me experience more harmony.

In this instance, my prayers led me to write a “spiritual resume” – not to share with prospective employers, but to help me think more deeply about where our true worth lies. What I mean by this is I compiled a list of spiritual qualities I felt I expressed, such as patience, creativity, compassion, timeliness, order, self-discipline, etc.

Click here to read, or listen to, this short article where Lindsey explains how a change of thinking from a material to a spiritual basis brought about long-term, satisfying employment.

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.

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Practical Prayer   Leave a comment

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

Yesterday I had a lovely example of the practicality of prayer as practised in Christian Science.

Ours seemed to be a rather grumpy household last night.

I had spent some hours searching for one piece of information that I needed to send to our accountant for our annual tax return.  I couldn’t find it and had finally contacted the investment company that issued the original document, asking if a new copy could be sent. This communication was sent by email and I received a reply, also by email, that they couldn’t send me the document by email because my email address was not officially on their records – such irony! But even a sense of the ridiculous nature of this response did not ease the sense of frustration I felt as I went around in seemingly never-ending circles.

Then my husband came home, and he had just heard the news that the Canberra lockdown had been extended for another month. As the owner of a small business that depends on customers coming to his premises, he could see no way forward to stay financially viable.

However, after he tramped off to bed, I sat still – something I should have done much earlier – and thought of the verse from the Bible ‘Be still and know that I am God’ (Ps 46).

What I see this as saying is: ‘Just stop running around in circles and thinking you have all the answers, that you have a mortal mind of your own that can actually solve anything. The universe is God’s – God is the only Mind and keeps all the wheels running smoothly if we get out of His way. Ask God what He/She knows about the situation and listenfor the answer.’ And I did.

In a very short time, I remembered that I probably had received the document I needed and had put it in a special place, ready for the tax return. And there it was. I was able to scan it and send it to the accountant right then and there.

And I found, by checking on guidelines from the ACT Government about the lockdown, that a way forward was possible for my husband’s business.

God really does have the answers – we just need to ask – and I’m very grateful.

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