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Is It Possible to Change the World for the Better?   Leave a comment

In a world of increasing tensions, where solutions can be hard to come by, and instability is often the norm, it might seem that there’s very little an individual can do to make things better. At every turn, it seems we’re up against circumstances, or people, beyond our control. But in this interview the guests talk about how they have found that a turnaround for the better is neither unlikely nor unusual, when problems are approached from a spiritual standpoint. Hear how troubling situations were reversed and resolved through the power of God.

Click here to hear this fascinating 25 minute discussion with guests: Riley Seay, Kathryn Jones Dunton, Nathan A. Talbot. This program is part of the Sentinel Radio series produced by the Christian Science Publishing Society.

Hear the Angels Sing   Leave a comment

by Janel Clements

As an early Christmas gift, my mom gave me a figurine of a peaceful-looking angel dressed in white with a music box inside that played the Christmas carol “Silent Night.” It’s a beautiful piece, and yet I know that real angels are not winged beings, as artists have long rendered them. Rather, they are inspiring, spiritual intuitions from God. 

In the Bible, angels are messengers from God, ministering to people’s needs, announcing, enlightening, and guiding. Those who were receptive to angels, and subsequently obeyed their mandates, were blessed, and these blessings reached many others as well.

As I set the figurine on the table, I began pondering the role the angels of God’s presence played in the unfoldment of the Christmas story. From just one to a multitude, angels surrounded the glorious appearing of the holy infant. How could those events have been fulfilled without angels?

The angel Gabriel told Mary her role in the events that would unfold. The angel further assured her that the holy birth would be accomplished through the power of the Highest and the activity of the Holy Ghost, transcending material law and revealing God as the Father (see Luke 1:26–35). Joseph’s concerns were alleviated, too, as the angel of the Lord assured him of the divine plan (see Matthew 1:18–25). 

To the watchful shepherds, first the angel of the Lord appeared, and then “a multitude of the heavenly host praising God,” rejoicing in the appearing of the Messiah and proclaiming peace and goodwill to all. The shepherds responded to the angel message and went to Bethlehem to see the Christ child (see Luke 2:8–16). After Jesus’ birth, an angel guided Joseph to take the new babe to Egypt for safety, and later directed him when to return home to Israel (see Matthew 2:13, 20). Throughout the Christmas story, we see angels informing, explaining, comforting, announcing, and guiding all involved.

The day after I’d opened my mom’s gift, I continued to be inspired with thoughts about angels. I was finishing a project, painting hundreds of Christmas ornaments for one of my clients. The ornaments were scattered over my work room on the lower level of our split-level home, including on a large drafting table just beneath a window facing the front of the house. As I sat at the table, a little “angel thought” instructed me to pack up all the finished ornaments, which I did. As I sat down again, I heard yet another angel message to go upstairs and listen to the angel music box play “Silent Night.” No sooner had I hurried upstairs to turn on the sweet music than I felt the house being forcefully moved. It was so powerful that I wondered if it was an earthquake or an explosion.

But in fact, our neighbor across the street, while backing her car out of her driveway, had gotten her foot stuck on the gas pedal, causing the car to back up uncontrollably across the street and up the hill of our front yard, and to crash right through the window above my drafting table—the very window I had left just moments before. Both my neighbor and I were unhurt, and the three hundred ornaments I had felt led to pack away were untouched. I was in awe of God’s angel messages!

When pondering these events later, I realized that angels are an aspect of heaven—the kingdom that Jesus said was “at hand” (Matthew 4:17) and “within you” (Luke 17:21). They reveal to us the immediate accessibility of all the good of the kingdom of heaven here and now. As we entertain—welcome and embrace—angels in our thought, we rise above physical perceptions to realize the presence of God’s kingdom. So, angels are not preventing untoward events from happening so much as revealing that we are all in the kingdom of heaven, in which no discord can happen.

And we can listen for angel thoughts not just at Christmas but always. Our true consciousness is spiritual, and is the dwelling place of angels that reveal health and harmony, the kingdom of heaven, within and all around us. 

Every spiritual intuition is an angel, a divine idea from God communicating divine Truth. A beloved psalm assures us: “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways” (Psalms 91:9–11).

As we see that our habitation, the place in which we live and move and have our being, is the Most High, the kingdom of heaven, we know that the angels of His presence are with us, revealing that there is no evil, no disease, no pain—no harm at all. Angels are like mighty beams of light, dispersing the mist of discord and fear. They enlighten and acquaint each of us with limitless supply, fresh opportunities, and the constant flow of infinite good, leading our thoughts onward and upward. 

The Christmas story brings to light the fact that angels sing to our consciousness the presence of the Christ, the glorious peace and harmony of the kingdom of heaven, right here. We can always hear angels singing for joy in our hearts, opening our thought to perceive the presence of infinite good for all, always!

Click here to listen to this article or to read it directly from the December 14, 2020 Christian Science Sentinel.

Posted December 20, 2020 by cscanberra in Angels, Christmas, Safety, Spiritual Comfort

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Don’t let it harden your heart   Leave a comment

pensive grandmother with granddaughter having interesting conversation while cooking together in light modern kitchen

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio

I cherish my alone time with God each day. I look forward to digging into the scientific truths that are uncovered during my study of the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. I’ve always found such comfort during my study—even as a child….Never could I have imagined a time when I would feel that all was lost, when I wouldn’t want to reach out for those comforting truths.

However, not long ago both of my parents passed away, rather suddenly and only a few months apart. I felt completely gutted. I was unprepared to handle what seemed like such a monumental loss. Rather than turn to the Bible and Science and Health for comfort, I found myself pushing them away. I didn’t want anything to do with God. I felt betrayed by everything I’d ever known. It was very lonely and disorienting.

A year after my dad passed, I took a trip to see a friend of mine in another state. While there, I also had a visit with some dear family friends whom I hadn’t seen in many years. It’s hard to describe what happened next, because it was so unexpected. During my visit with these dear ones, I felt myself open up again. I felt loved in a way I hadn’t since before my parents passed. I could feel that these dear friends didn’t see me as overwhelmed by grief and loss; instead, they saw my unbroken identity as a spiritual expression of God—they saw me as I really am.

I can’t possibly lose anything good, because God is divine Love and He alone is my Father and my Mother.

One of these friends also said something to me that completely broke through all the resistance I was feeling and woke me up. After I shared how difficult it had been without my parents, this friend reached out to hold my hand and said in the most loving, mom-like voice, “Don’t let it harden you.” Whoa. That hit me right between the eyes. I felt as if all the wind had been knocked out of me—almost as if my own mom had just spoken. That was exactly what had happened—I’d let myself become hardened. I had been so mesmerized by the sense of loss that I had forgotten the scientific fact that I can’t possibly lose anything good because God is divine Love and He alone is my Father and my Mother. This was a turning point. Once uncovered, the lie of separation from good simply dissolved into dust. Isn’t that what Jesus taught when he said, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32)? I was free!

I felt lighter than I had in months. It was so clear to me that God was talking to me through those dear ones. It was as if He were grabbing my hand and saying, “I am always with you and you are so very loved.” It reminded me of one of my favorite passages from the Bible: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God” (Isaiah 41:10). I truly had nothing to fear because God was with me every step of the way. And the mothering and fathering qualities I had been yearning for from my parents were being so tenderly expressed by those friends, it was a powerful reminder that these qualities can never be lost. 

Since then, my sense of family has expanded and lifted. I understand more clearly that all of us express the mothering and fathering qualities of our Father-Mother, God. None of us can ever lack anything good when we see ourselves and others as we truly are. No longer do I claim loss for myself—I know that my parents’ love always had its source in God, and therefore continues on. And God’s love isn’t abstract; it’s forever active and tangible!

Read the full article written by  Emily Nofsinger Kuhl for the Christian Science Sentinel here

To Be Satisfied   Leave a comment

Every Wednesday at 6.00 pm a Testimony Meeting is held at the Christian Science church in Barton (corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets).  At these meetings short readings 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.

The topic for the readings this week was: To Be Satisfied.

And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. (The Bible – Isaiah 58: 11)

 

This recording is of the readings on this topic of To Be Satisfied.

 

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)

 

Needs Met   1 comment

dreamstime_10874750The Christian Science Church – a part of the Canberra community.  Members share testimonies and talk about their lives as Christian Scientists. 

This article, Needs Met, is by Mary who is a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  She describes how a change of thinking to a more spiritual perspective saw finance problems solved and employment found.

We lived in Germany for almost a year and during this time neither my husband or I was allowed to work there because we did not have the necessary permission.  Our funds had been used up on rent and living expenses.  Three of our six children were apprentices and the other three were at school. Things were very tight and our need was great.

One morning my husband asked me to look for a document in a cupboard where we kept all our paper work.  I was not looking forward to this task because there was so much paper in this cupboard.  Then the thought struck me that there must be a reason for this, and who knows perhaps I will find something else in the cupboard.  This was time to put into practice what I have learnt in Christian Science.

 My thought turned to a passage in Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy (p180: 25): “When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible”.  This made me sit back and take notice.  Here I was resenting the thought that I had to unpack the cupboard I kept the thought that “with God all things are possible” while I unpacked the cupboard.  Suddenly, there was my wallet which I had not used since flying to Germany.  I opened the back flap, and to my delight I found A$2000 of travellers’ cheques.  I could not stop thanking God for His guidance and love for his children.  I also found the document my husband was looking for.

The same afternoon I went to the bank to change the cheques and we could pay our rent and buy what we needed for the rest of the month.

Within two weeks both my husband and I found work and got our permissions to work in Germany.

How grateful I am for Christian Science and Mary Baker Eddy for giving us this practical and demonstrable religion.

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 and June 2016.

What it Means to Me to be a Christian Scientist   Leave a comment

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

Playing GuitarMy name is Jen and I am a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  I love learning about other people’s religions – I hope that some of you will love learning about mine.

Although Christian Science is very much based on what Jesus taught us, I often describe it to atheist and agnostic friends as a blend of Buddhism and Quantum Physics.  This is because it has a focus on overcoming a material view of the world, and understanding God as a spiritual life force.  It also presents us with a set of rules that we can use to understand God and His relation to man:  spiritual laws that are the basis of reality.

So what does this mean for me, as a Christian Scientist?  It means that I work every day to bring spirituality into my experience, and have seen healing as a result.  I lived in Indonesia for a year and attracted a lot of attention as a fair-haired, blue-eyed foreigner.  I developed anxiety during my time there due to the constant staring, catcalling and sexual harassment.  When I came home to Australia, I struggled to shake the anxiety, which made me incredibly tense, neurotic and irritable.  It took me a couple of years of prayer to overcome my anxiety:  it was clear that I was safe, but I was facing mental suggestions that I should hold onto fear to protect myself.

I had the choice of turning to a powerful God who created me free of fear, to a God who made me feel unsafe and fearful, or to no God at all.  I chose the first, as praying to know that I am the spiritual creation of a loving God has brought me healing in the past.  I had a major light-bulb moment in this case when I realized that the opposite of anxiety is expecting good.  I replaced thoughts of fear and anxiety with thoughts of safety and optimism, knowing that an All-Powerful God would always protect His creation.  This allowed me to free my thought from fear, and I have felt relaxed and protected ever since.

This is a testimony of how I understand God and myself, and also of how I use Christian Science prayer in facing the challenges in my life.  I use the laws that Jesus taught us to overcome limited views of myself, and rid myself of fear in living a peaceful life.

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’.

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