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Live as ‘children of light’   Leave a comment

shutterstock_74750959In the Bible, the Apostle Paul says, “Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2). The Message by Eugene Peterson interprets the passage this way: “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”

I decided to be alert from that moment on to every thought I entertained about my fellow countrymen. I made sure that I was always aware of each as the loved child of God, who is Love.

How freeing it was for me to know that in God’s kingdom there are neither victims nor aggressors—neither victims nor enforcers of a false system of government—and that every man, woman, and child is a citizen of the world…

I turned in prayer to the Bible for the answer and read in Ephesians, “Now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light” (5:8). This was my answer. This was God’s creation, these were God’s children, and I loved what I was learning…. God’s creation reflects the fullness of Soul’s colorful creation in its myriad individual ways.

I felt great peace come over me. With joyous expectancy, I drove into the township the next day, and all I could see were children of light. Light seemed to be wherever I went, as I met only love, kindness, beauty, and thoughtfulness. The meeting with the students included no barriers at all. There was no restriction between us because of color, no restriction because of age, no restriction caused by any belief of inferiority or superiority, no restriction because of the different tribes and cultures present. Only citizens of the world were present, and we were claiming and expressing our divine right, the “liberty of the children of God.”

Read or listen to here how Yvonne Prinsloo changed her experience after growing up under apartheid,  to one that was all-inclusive and race was not a factor in her article Dissolve racism: Live as ‘children of light’ published in The Christian Science Sentinel

Hate Loses Power   1 comment

shutterstock_90543814Daily Lift by Skip Phinney

Governments around the world are adopting very different strategies to deal with a growing sense of the differences between us.  Many of these strategies exaggerate the differences and diminish our similarities, and fear is often the outcome.

In this 3 minute talk Skip talks about how valuing the good in each individual and appreciating our common worth breaks down barriers and promotes the kind of peace and security we are all looking for.

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Conversation in a Taxi   Leave a comment

shutterstock_71230366by Kari Mashos

My taxi driver at busy Heathrow Airport met me with a friendly greeting, followed by an announcement that he was Muslim.  At first, I was unsure why he would feel the need to share his religion with me.  But then, sensitive to the fact that there were those who might feel fear and hate toward those of his faith in a climate of heightened security in England (and elsewhere), I reciprocated his handshake with a sincerely warm and friendly greeting.

…  At his prompting, we spoke of the urgent need to demonstrate the brotherhood of man.  Together we acknowledged God as the Father of all—making us all brothers and sisters. We spoke freely of our love for God, our children, and of our mutual desire to treat everyone as we would want to be treated.

Our conversation was evidence to me that despite the hatred and violence so often depicted between those of differing beliefs, there is a spiritual impetus that operates universally, ready and willing to impel every receptive heart to love. Read more

This article, Conversation in a Taxi, was originally published in the a June 2016 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.   It is also available on JHS-online.   In it Kari talks about how a pure love of God  unites rather than divides mankind.

Healing Persecution and Discrimination   Leave a comment

shutterstock_75022426Healing Persecution and Discrimination – Readings from the Bible and the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

Have we not all one father?  hath not one God created us?  why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother? (Malachi 2: 10)

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar:  for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen how can he love God whom he hath not seen? (I John 4: 20)

Every Wednesday at 6.00 pm a Testimony Meeting is held at the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  Each meeting begins with readings selected from the two books designated as the Pastor of Christian Science:  The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.  A new topic for the readings is selected each week.

At the conclusion of the short readings the congregation is invited to share thoughts on this topic and relate how they have used the principles of Christian Science to solve life’s problems and bring physical healing.

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

This recording represents the readings on the topic:  Healing Persecution and Discrimination.

Our Prayers to Embrace the World and Prevent Violence   Leave a comment

shutterstock_138359420by Jenny Sawyer

When tragedies such as the most recent attacks in Beirut, Lebanon, and Paris occur, what can we do? Across the world, there have been calls to pray for these cities and their people. To pray for peace. And certainly our prayers are needed.

In addition to embracing all those affected by terrorism in my prayers, I have been grappling with how to extend my prayers to prevent future devastation.

In a world that seems constantly at the mercy of terrorism and random evil, it might appear naive to think that we can have any kind of preemptive impact.  But through my study of Christian Science, I’ve learned that prayer that yearns to feel and understand the allness of God—of divine Love itself—is like turning on a light: Where light is, darkness simply can’t exist.  The light of ever-present Love, expressed, leaves no place for the evils of hatred, fear, cruelty, or pain.

I’ve wondered how praying like this can really make a difference.  Then, earlier this year, Read more

This article, Our Prayers to Embrace the World and Prevent Violence, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.  It is now also available through JHS-online.  In it Jenny shares her reasoning as she answers the question:  How can my prayer have an impact on this world that seems so troubled?

Diversity Without Fear   Leave a comment

shutterstock_79957981by Barbara Vining

Diversity is a fact of life, thank goodness.  No one would want to live in a world where every individual expressed herself or himself in exactly the same way as every other individual.  Variety makes life interesting.  It is also practical, for if everyone developed exactly the same talents and skills, many needed tasks would never get done, and much that enriches and inspires human experience would never be expressed.

People do tend, however, to feel more comfortable with the familiar than with the unfamiliar.  The question is, How can you and I appreciate the diversity that exists in families, communities, and around the globe without in any way feeling threatened by the unfamiliar? Read more

Barbara Vining is a full-time Christian Science healer and teacher.  Her article, Diversity Without Fear, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel. It is now available on JHS-online.  In it she examines the source of fear associated with differences as well as the qualities that unite us.

Wage Peace   Leave a comment

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Daily Lift by Deborah Huebsch

In this 3 minute talk, Wage Peace, Deborah explains that peace is power – actually a powerful law.  It is God’s presence here with us and it is more powerful than aggression.  The wisdom in her explanation of this law restores calm even as she speaks.

The world needs peace more than ever.  Let’s wage peace together.

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