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John 16:22: “Your heart will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”   Leave a comment

Your right to be joyful

“Joy is independent of and untouchable by evil, so we can be full of radiant, spiritual joy always.”

 

_E0A0144-2A while ago there was a debate among some of my friends on Facebook about expressing joy. Some said joy is a gift from God, so it’s right to express it regardless of the state of the world and the hardships some people are facing. Others argued it would be arrogant to smile and sing despite reports of human suffering; moreover, it would be callous to tell those who are suffering to just lighten up and be happy.

I found myself thinking about that debate one day when I was overwhelmed with anxiety about issues in my own life. When I feel this way, I often turn to God in prayer, which calms me down, lifts my thought spiritually, and helps me find healing solutions to problems. When I’m really obeying the First Commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3), I can resist the inclination to be overcome with worry.

As I considered the spiritual basis for trusting God and letting go of fear, I also found my answer to the dilemma above, about whether it’s right to be joyful under all circumstances. And the answer is yes!……

Not only is it right to be joyful in the face of suffering, but joy is a quality that brings healing. I can share two experiences where realizing I lived in God’s joyous, radiant presence lifted me out of suffering and brought healing. The first was in being freed from panic and anxiety attacks. While these did not come frequently, I would at times during the night be overwhelmed with panic or anxiety. But daily communion in prayer with God caused me to experience the harmony and joy of God’s presence and better understand my inseparability from Him and His perfect spiritual reality. I also came to realize that my natural spiritual state, the way God made me, was joyful, peaceful, and calm, not anxious or panic-ridden. This spiritual reality slowly became more and more real to me until I no longer suffered from the attacks.

Find out more about why in this article by Jyoti Raghu published in the Christian Science Sentinel

Posted February 3, 2018 by cscanberra in Happiness, Mental Health, Spiritual Comfort

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My Shepherd is Beside Me and Nothing Can I Lack   1 comment

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shutterstock_111653231This recording is of the readings on the topic:  My Shepherd is Beside Me, and Nothing Can I Lack, which formed part of the Testimony Meeting in Canberra on Wednesday 27th December.  Citations were taken from the Bible (King James Version) and the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

The title of readings is taken from a line in hymn 148 from the Christian Science Hymnal:

Wherever He may guide me, / No want shall turn me back; / My Shepherd is beside me, / And nothing can I lack. / His wisdom ever waketh, / His sight is never dim; / He knows the way He taketh, / And I will walk with Him. / …

Bright skies will soon be o’er me, / Where darkest clouds have been. … / My Father has my treasure, / And He will walk with me.

If you are in Canberra on any Wednesday please join us at 6.00 pm – our Testimony Meetings are open to everyone.  We are located on the corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets, Barton in the ACT.

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.

 

 

Safe in God’s Care   Leave a comment

dscn1015The Christian Science Church – a part of the Canberra community.  Members share testimonies and talk about their lives as Christian Scientists. 

This article, ‘Safe in God’s Care’, is by a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.   In it the writer tells of protection from injury and a harmonious outcome after her car ran off the road.

God’s love and care are available to all mankind as man is God’s own child, whether that is accepted or not.  As a Christian I study the Bible, and as a Christian Scientist I also study the textbook of Christian Science, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy, both on a daily basis.

Mankind have daily proofs of God’s care in many ways.  Sometimes these proofs come as beautiful angel messages, or perhaps guidance to do or act differently.  Other times they can be life-saving experiences.

Some years ago, I had a great need to reach out to God as I lost control of the car I was driving, and found myself spinning across the road with any loose items from my car flying round about me.

The road I was travelling on was very familiar to me – a curving slope in a rural area. Rain had caused a pot hole, which I did not see, to develop in the bitumen, and when the tyre of the car hit the hole the car spun around, rolled over and came to rest on the other side of the road facing in a different direction.  The spinning probably only lasted moments, but in that time I remembered turning to God and shouting out, “God is my life”.  I am not really sure if I shouted out verbally or in my thinking, but I do know that I was very vehement.

When the vehicle came to rest I was able to open the passengers door and climb out, entirely free from any damage or injury.  The next car that came along was driven by some neighbours and they were able to take me home.

I continued to pray by affirming passages from Science and Health.  One was about accidents and says, “Under divine Providence there can be no accidents, since there is no room for imperfection in perfection” (p 424: 9); and on page 207: 20 “There is but one primal cause, therefore there can be no effect from any other cause, and there can be no reality in aught which does not proceed from this great and only cause.”

There were no symptoms of shock or any other after effects, even though the car was written off by the insurance company.

How grateful I am to be able to share this experience and to give all glory to God.

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.

(Photo:  Christian Science Church, Canberra from the air)

 

A Year-Round Prayer and Promise   Leave a comment

dreamstime_355292A Christian Science perspective:  The promise of Christ isn’t just for Christmastime

by Susan Kerr

A loved Christmas carol reminds me of one of my favorite messages – the message of God’s tender love for us all, which is not just for Christmas, but brings healing and inspiration year-round.

The carol starts out by mentioning the stillness of the “little town of Bethlehem,” and there’s a quiet awe that comes through.  One version of this carol ends:  “Where meekness will receive him, still / The dear Christ enters in” (Phillips Brooks, Christian Science Hymnal No. 222).

To me, this is both a prayer and a promise.  When we’re meek and receptive, we can feel that message of the Christ showing us God’s tender love, which Christ Jesus so fully expressed.  It comes to our thought and uplifts us.  And this isn’t just true for a few; all have the opportunity to avail themselves of this great gift of the Christ.

How do we “unwrap” this gift through meekness?  Read more

This article, A Year-Round Prayer and Promise, was originally published in the Christian Science Monitor.  In it Susan talks about how adopting an attitude of meekness opens thinking to new ideas and blessings.

Finding Hope and Peace in the New Year   Leave a comment

shutterstock_158694080A Christian Science Perspective:  Healing Ideas for Overcoming Apprehension About the Future

by Allison J. Rose-Sonnesyn

At the close of a year, it can be beneficial to look back over the preceding months to gain a deeper appreciation of good experienced and lessons learned. Once we have expressed gratitude for our blessings, and identified areas we’d like to improve, we may feel inspired to greet the new year with hope and with the joyful expectation of experiencing more opportunities for goodness and growth.

But what if we are filled with apprehension about the coming year? How can this feeling be overcome, so that we can feel a sense of hope and peace?  Read more

Finding Hope and Peace in the New Year was originally published in the Christian Science Monitor.  In it Allison describes how she managed to find hope, a sense of well-being and an expectation of good in thinking about her future and prospects for the new year.

Into the New Year – The Lord Shall Be Thy Confidence   Leave a comment

$ dreamstime_11095603Into the New Year – The Lord Shall Be Thy Confidence – Readings from the Bible and the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. (The Bible – Proverbs 3: 23, 26)

I hear thy promise old and new, / That bids all fear to cease: / My presence still shall go with thee / And I will give thee peace. (Christian Science Hymnal No 136, Violet Hay)

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:  Into the New Year – The Lord Shall Be Thy Confidence.

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