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The Path that is Lighted   Leave a comment

God is the fountain of light, and He illumines one’s way when one is obedient. The disobedient make their moves before God makes His, or make them too late to follow Him. Be sure that God directs your way; then, hasten to follow under every circumstance.

(Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896 by Mary Baker Eddy p117)

Posted November 23, 2022 by cscanberra in God, humility, Mary Baker Eddy, Wellbeing

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How Can You Pray About Bad Weather   Leave a comment

An article by Tyler Flavin, which originally appeared online in the teen series Q&A –  September 20, 2022

In this article Tyler describes the wild weather that engulfed the campers he was caring for and how he prayed about this situation. He talks also about what he learned from this experience.

… Just before the storm hit, there was an eerie stillness—just for a moment. Then the rain came down hard, and I saw one of my fellow counselors, who was heading out to get further instructions from the camp director, disappear into the rain not five feet away from the cabin. Even his neon jacket wasn’t visible behind the sheets of water.

… I was so grateful for this experience, because it taught me that no matter what storms we face in life—literal storms or mental ones—God is not in them, but He is still with us. We can know and demonstrate that His peace and His power can calm any storm.

Click here to read the full text of the article.

When the Enemy Comes in Like a Flood   Leave a comment

An article by Even Mehlenbacher from the 29 September 2022 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.

When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19), the Bible tells us. The war in Ukraine has captured the attention of people around the world. The spectacle of a massive military force invading a sovereign nation without provocation, meeting fierce resistance, and now plotting a bigger, more destructive offence, has many people wondering what can be done to protect the lives of all caught in this conflict and restore a just peace to that part of the world.

We can support such progress by understanding that there’s a spiritual basis for staying safe when faced with a flood of aggression and oppression.  continue reading

In this article Even shares his prayers and the proven spiritual truths that he affirmed in order to bring a sense of peace.

Is Injury Inescapable   Leave a comment

A Daily Lift by Amy Richmond, CS

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In this short podcast Amy, who is a full-time Christian Science healer, tells how she overcame a debilitating pain that limited her movement. She describes how spiritualising her thought about herself led to a quick recovery.

Mental Stability – Possible for Everyone   1 comment

A Christian Science perspective: A deeper understanding of Mind brings peace to the disturbed mentality. By Deborah Huebsch

In these times of global stir, greater mental stability is certainly something we all would like to experience. A slight variation on a famous saying about peace might relate, “Let there be stability in the world and let it begin with me.” Surely mental equilibrium, an unshakable peace that can withstand turbulent events that occur, is a necessity.

There was a time in my life when I had to think deeply about this subject. A history of severe emotional problems affected both sides of my family. When I started to experience signs of a mental breakdown similar to those other family members had, I was terrified.

At that time a friend, seeing my obvious distress, offered me a copy of a book that literally changed my life – “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy. It explained God as Mind, … continue reading.

God’s Ordered Universe   Leave a comment

Upheaval in the world might suggest that there’s no hope for finding order in it. But as this author discovered, acknowledging and evidencing God’s control in our daily lives helps us understand how peace and harmony truly prevail.

This article by Emma Leslie is from the Christian Science Perspective featured in the August 25, 2022 Christian Science Monitor.

Reports of extreme weather, war, the pandemic, and economic instability can make it feel as though we live in a chaotic universe where we have little agency over our own lives.

As someone who has found mental peace and practical answers through prayer, I wanted to pray to see beyond this depressing view of life to something more hopeful, for myself and my family and for all citizens of the world. A moment of chaos on a recent trip gave me a modest but significant opportunity for such prayer.

Click here to read, or listen to, the full article.

God, the Good Shepherd   2 comments

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Shepherd, show me how to go
O’er the hillside steep,
How to gather, how to sow, —
How to feed Thy sheep;
I will listen for Thy voice,
Lest my footsteps stray;
I will follow and rejoice
All the rugged way.

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This is the first verse of a poem titled, Feed My Sheep, by Mary Baker Eddy, the Founder of Christian Science. It is included in the Christian Science Hymnal with a number of tunes.

Pressure of Workload Overcome   1 comment

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

A poem by Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, helped this writer over come the stress of a crowded work agenda. The poem, titled Satisfied, has been set to music and included in the Christian Science Hymnal.

It matters not what be thy lot,
So Love doth guide;
For storm or shine, pure peace is thine,
Whate’er betide.

And of these stones, or tyrants’ thrones,
God able is
To raise up seed — in thought and deed —
To faithful His.

Aye, darkling sense, arise, go hence!
Our God is good.
False fears are foes — truth tatters those,
When understood.

Love looseth thee, and lifteth me,
Ayont hate’s thrall:
There Life is light, and wisdom might,
And God is All.

The centuries break, the earth-bound wake,
God’s glorified!
Who doth His will — His likeness still —
Is satisfied.

Towards the end of my employment with the Department of Education.  I had a very busy job; most weeks I put in 50-60 hours and still didn’t feel on top of the workload.  One evening a friend gave me a ticket to a Music Aviva concert because he thought I could do with a break.  However, my head was so filled with all the tasks I had to complete in the next few weeks that I heard nothing of the music and went home feeling still very much under pressure.  At home I sat down and made a list of all the activities I had to organise before the end of the school term which was coming up fast.  I thought this might help clear my head.  In all I had 26 events to organise.  Some were staff meetings I had to give, others were full day workshops and training days, some were mediation and review meetings.  I had very little clerical support so all of the organisation fell to me – the catering, the bookings, the paperwork, the course content. 

Writing it all down didn’t help at all.  While I was doing this my son called me.  He was living interstate at the time.  He asked if I would pray for him with regard to a physical problem that was restricting him somewhat.  Of course I was happy to help him, but it felt like just one more thing that was asked of me.

In desperation I turned to God and asked: ‘How do I do all this?’  The answer was very firm: ‘You don’t. I do.’  This idea had and immediate calming effect.  I felt led to open my hymnal to hymn 160 – Mary Baker Eddy’s Satisfied.  The words were like a balm to my soul.  The ideas held such comfort that straight away I felt the sense of pressure drain away.  I knew I was safe because “God able is”.  I realised that all right activities were God’s activities, and He was the one that brought them to fruition, not me.

It was the fourth verse that particularly stood out to me:

Love looseth thee, and lifteth me,
Ayont hate’s thrall:
There Life is light, and wisdom might,
And God is All.

As I read these words I felt lifted above the human picture that said I had an impossibly crowded agenda.  I actually felt the lightness of Life – lightness as in not heavy.   I also saw that Love loosed my son from his belief of restriction.  I was able to let all sense of personal responsibility go and rested in God’s love.

The next day I had a phone call from my son to say the physical problem was completely resolved.  He was very pleased.  All the activities I had scheduled were completed successfully and I can honestly say there was not a moment of pressure or stress.  Every event or activity was a joy in its preparation and unfoldment.  Not since that night have I ever felt pressure over human activities or schedules again.  Always now I know that ‘Love doth guide’ and ‘God is gloried’ and I am satisfied.

Safe with God   1 comment

Posted August 21, 2022 by cscanberra in God, Safety, Spiritual Comfort, Wellbeing

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Thy Presence Ever Goes with Me   Leave a comment

Wednesday Testimony Meeting readings

This recording is of the readings on the topic: Thy Presence Ever Goes with Me

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I love Thy way of freedom, Lord,
To serve Thee is my choice,
In Thy clear light of Truth I rise
And, listening for Thy voice,
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.

(Hymn 136 from the Christian Science Hymnal – words by Violet Hay)

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