Archive for the ‘Spiritual Comfort’ Category

Gratitude for a Lifetime of Protection   Leave a comment

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

I am truly grateful for the teachings of Christian Science and how it throws light on the holy scriptures as we find them in our Bible.

Before being introduced to Christian Science I had some education in the Bible, having attended a protestant Sunday School. I was also aware of old testament Bible stories through reading from a precious old book given to my dear mother in the days when she was young.  That book which I loved to read was presented to her by the Salvation Army where her mother was a Salvation Army officer, and a very saintly woman. 

Also, I greatly enjoyed reading and because of the age and remoteness of our living there were no public libraries available or lending libraries in the schools. I don’t remember knowing anything much about the New Testament and the works of Jesus or his purpose of being sent to earth.

When I was in my late teens, I witnessed a beautiful healing when my mother sought help in Christian Science. With the prayerful help of a Christian Science practitioner who prayed for her she was able to rise from the depths of despair into the clear pure light and lift up her voice in praise to God.

Gradually Christian Science literature began to appear in our house, and out of curiosity and the desire to help my mother, as well as find out what was going on, I started to read it.  What I found was that I loved the logic of it, as step by step the articles unfolded the Christian Science way of interpreting the Bible.

This logic of the teachings still impresses me and reassures me that all things are possible to God and to glorify Him in my heart. Over the intervening years I myself have had many proofs of the power of God’s goodness. Combined with the logic and the growing understanding of God’s love for His precious children, I have been healed permanently of headaches, protected when driving, quick and harmonious child birth, safety during bushfires raging up to our home to mention but a few instances.

The words from the Doxology (Christian Science Hymnal – hymn 1) come to my thought and I will share those words:

Be thou, O God, exalted high, and as Thy glory fills the sky, so let it be on earth displayed, Til Thou art here and now obeyed.

Finding Home   Leave a comment

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

I grew up in Zimbabwe, and when I was 10 years old started boarding school. I found moving between the boarding hostel and home unsettling, and for many years struggled with the concept of home. Wherever I lived, I wanted to (or thought I should) be living somewhere else. I lived in Zimbabwe, South Africa, England and Australia and spent time travelling in other countries, but never felt settled and this really bothered me.

In 1985 I moved to Australia and in 1992 was posted by the Australian Government to Zimbabwe. At the end of my posting, I was strongly drawn to living in South Africa where I had strong family ties and had studied and worked for a few years.

When I moved to South Africa, I thought I had found my place. But, after about ten years when things weren’t working out because it was difficult to find employment, the restless feelings that I should be living somewhere else returned. I started praying to know that home is not a material location or physical structure, but a state of mind in which we are at one with God – at home and in our right place all the time wherever we are. As Paul says, “For in him, we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17: 28). 

Browsing in my local Christian Science Reading Room one day, I came across a pamphlet called PLACE. It has four lovely articles from past Christian Science Sentinels and Journals around being in our right place, home and employment – drawing from the Bible, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, and her other writings. They were all really helpful.

Then one evening while out walking my dogs, the idea came clearly that I should apply for jobs outside South Africa. Over the next few weeks I applied for jobs in Europe, the Middle East, New Zealand and Australia. I was offered three interviews, and then positions in the Middle East and Australia. I prayed to know which to accept, and it came to me clearly to accept the job in Australia.  As with all these kinds of decisions – when it is right, there is an incredible and indescribable feeling of peace.

A few months later when I landed back in Australia, I felt I had returned home. That feeling of being at HOME and in my right place has never left me since then. I have had no feelings of restlessness or that I should be living somewhere else.

I am very grateful for being led through Christian Science to an improved understanding of HOME and for the lovely way this has been manifested in my experience.

God is Love – Can We Ask for More?   Leave a comment

Wednesday Testimony Meeting Readings

This recording is of readings on the topic: God is Love – Can We Ask for More?

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God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. (The Bible – I John 5: 16)

“God is Love”. More than this we cannot ask, higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p6: 17-18)

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. (The Bible – I John 4: 11)

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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.

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.

God – An Ever Present Help in Trouble   2 comments

Wednesday Testimony Meeting Readings

This recording is of readings on the topic: God – An Ever Present Help in Trouble

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Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from they presence?

If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

(The Bible – Psalms 139: 7, 8,11)

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.

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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A new podcast is produced each week and can be accessed via the PODCASTS tab in the menu line at the top of this home page.

How Are You Praying for Afghanistan?   Leave a comment

Barbara Cook Spencer, a writer for the Christian Science Sentinel, shares her prayers for Afghanistan. She writes …

Like many others, I have been praying in recent days about the challenging situation in Afghanistan. The task of safely evacuating thousands of people seemed overwhelming to me. But as I earnestly prayed, the twenty-third Psalm suddenly came to thought in a totally new way, strengthening and comforting me. It begins, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (verse 1 ). In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy presents a spiritual interpretation of this line. She writes: “[Divine love ] is my shepherd; I shall not want” (p. 578 ).

At that moment, I saw divine Love, God, as the all-embracing, all-powerful, ever-tender, and disciplined Shepherd of every individual needing to leave Afghanistan. …

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Click here to read the full article where Barbara shares how her prayers brought her a sense of peace and hope. This article was originally published in an August 2021 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.

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PSALM 23

       [Divine love ] is my shepherd; I shall not want. 
       [Love ] maketh me to lie down in green pastures: [love ] leadeth me beside the still waters. 
       [Love ] restoreth my soul [spiritual sense]: [love ] leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. 
       Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for [love ] is with me; [love ’s] rod and [love ’s] staff they comfort me. 
       [Love ] prepareth a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: [love ] anointeth my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 
       Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house [the consciousness] of [love ] for ever.” 

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p578)

Think on these things …   1 comment

Whatsoever things are lovely,

whatsoever things are of good report;

if there be any virtue,

and if there be any praise,

think on these things.

(The Bible – Philippians 4: 8)

Watermelon at Ku-ring-gai   Leave a comment

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A Daily Lift by Sancy Nason, a Christian Science Practitioner.

In this 3 minute talk Sancy describes how her needs were met in a most unusual way during a hike in the bushland of Ku-ring-gai National Park near Sydney.

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.

I Walked Away Unhurt   Leave a comment

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

Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe. (The Bible -Psalm 119: 117)

Today in casual conversation with a friend the subject of cars came up.  We were exchanging stories about how we came to have our present vehicles, and what previous cars we had.  We discovered that we had in the past the same make of car which we really enjoyed because it was a road hugging car in which we felt very safe.   I related that my car previous to this one had been written off with me driving and how I had been protected through this experience.

I would like to share my story with a heart full of gratitude to God, good, that I was not hurt, but walked away from the scene totally unscathed.  The country road that I was travelling on was very well known to me as I used it daily travelling to work and home again and at weekends when I went out.

I was living rurally at the time in a hilly area and the road was winding down towards the township.  There had been a lot of rain overnight which had caused a pothole to form in the road and I did not see the hole as I came around the bend.  One wheel of the car hit the edge of the pothole which caused the car to spin.  I found myself unable to right the car as it spun to the other side of the road facing the opposite direction and  over on its side.

As the car was flying through the air, with anything loose in the car flying about as well, I heard myself shouting out, “God is my life, God is my life, I cannot be separated from God, my life.” When all the spinning was over I was able to climb out of a door and proceeded to walk home which was probably about a couple of miles away.  Even this was taken care of, as at that time a neighbouring farmer and his wife came driving up the road and took me home.

My husband and I had then to do the calling of the police and arrange to get the car back on the road.  I had been on my way  to church at the time where I had a duty to perform.  After ringing to make my apologies I decided that I may as well bake a cake which I had intended to do when I got home from church anyway.

There were no after-effects from this experience.  In fact it did not occur to me that there could be until the next day at my place of work someone commented that at least I should have had a headache as the result of the incident.  The protection was complete as I turned to the presence of  my Father-Mother God  as the source of my life.  My subsequent car was the road hugger which I enjoyed driving for a good number of years.   

All power unto our God is given, on Him we place reliance. (Hymn 10 – Christian Science Hymnal)

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