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Soaring in 2017   Leave a comment

shutterstock_115098268A Christian Science Perspective:  Spiritual Vision – and Holding to that Vision – is the Key to Progress

by Laura Clayton

DECEMBER 27, 2016 —My plane had left the gate and was taxiing to the runway, passing row after row of other jetliners preparing for takeoff.  Looking out the window, I was impressed by their massive engines and wingspans.  I couldn’t help but think of the Wright Brothers’ first engine-powered flight on Dec. 17, 1903.  The record-setting flight that day lasted a mere 59 seconds – but it opened the door to the amazing future of human flight.

The Wright Brothers held steadfastly to a vision of what was possible.  As this new year begins, perhaps that can inspire each of us to ask what kind of vision we can hold to that will best promote progress and spiritual growth.

For me, the vision begins with another flight image, a verse from the Bible, speaking of God’s protective guidance: “As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him” (Deuteronomy 32:11, 12).  This speaks to me of the strong, mothering power and presence of divine Love, our divine Parent.  “God is love,” wrote St. John, one of Christ Jesus’ disciples (I John 4:8).

As the spiritual offspring of Love (see Psalms 100:3), we each have a substantial, intact, precious relation to our Father- Mother.  A heartfelt desire to become more aware of God’s provision and care for His children, of Love’s ever-presence, can serve as a spiritual vision that moves us forward. Read more

This article, Soaring in 2017, was originally published in the Christian Science Monitor.  In it Laura explains how holding to her true identity as a child of God opened up new views of life and prepared her for significant progress.

The Healing Stillness of the Christ   Leave a comment

shutterstock_124147789A Christian Science Perspective:  On the God-given peace that brings comfort and healing.

by Kevin Graunke

As I reflect on the harshness and hype that seem woven so deeply into the fabric of our current political, social, and international dialogue, a hymn has recently taken on fresh meaning and relevance for me:

Through the harsh noises of our day / A low sweet prelude finds its way; / Through clouds of doubt and creeds of fear / A light is breaking, calm and clear.  (Christian Science Hymnal No.238, John Greenleaf Whittier)

In these final days of 2016 it may sometimes appear that our world is driven solely by recklessness, mad ambition, and fear. But the message of this hymn turns all this on its head – reminding me that cultivating a daily awareness of that “low sweet prelude” is our great need going forward in 2017.

In Psalms 46:10, we read, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Doing this brings a healing sense of quietude, and also a needed rebuke to fear, worry, and the blare of all the world’s evil intent and action.

It reminds me of stepping outside on a snowy evening and just listening. The snow silently spreads a white mantle of beauty over everything. The accompanying stillness reminds me of elements of the Christ – God’s message of love for every one of us – that are so important to embrace and experience: the calmness and peace of God, the joy and presence of His gentle love for everyone.

This sense of stillness has a much deeper meaning than just being verbally quiet or physically still.  Read more

This article was originally published in the Christian Science Monitor.  In it Kevin describes the stillness that we all have within us that allows us to hear the Christ message and find a sense of calm and wellbeing.

Halting Hatred   Leave a comment

nathan-talbotA Christian Science Perspective by Nathan Talbot

– First published in the Christian Science Monitor on 26 February 2016

How we see the world around us depends on our view of reality.

When an average person looks across a room, they may say they see mainly empty space – except for some furniture and a wall on the other side. But if a natural scientist puts on their “physicist hat,” they “see” much more. Their background and training enables them to see or understand “particles and fields,” for example.

I’ve often wondered what Christ Jesus must have seen in the environment of his day. The four Gospels indicate he saw a world far different from what we see with the physical senses. He saw deeply into the reality that is spiritual. The Bible says that “God is love” (I John 4: 16).  And the evidence is clear that Jesus saw the omnipotence and allness of God, divine Love, everywhere.

This understanding enabled him to heal lepers and those who were blind or paralyzed and to rise from the grave after forgiving those who put him on the cross. The great fact that God is Love is a revelation, a dawning of reality in consciousness. And it enables us to see more of the spiritual truth that can result in healing, even of hatred.  … Read more …

In this article, Halting Hatred, Nathan describes how viewing world events with a spiritual perspective can have an effective healing outcome.  Nathan Talbot is a full-time healer and a teacher of Christian Science healing.

The Gift of God’s Healing Love   Leave a comment

$ dreamstime_5922259What can I give? This is a simple question. So much of the time, though, a gift is thought of as some physical thing – something measured as a commodity, a debit or credit, something that may be beneficial to the recipient, but burdensome for the giver to provide. However, the Bible describes one gift that benefits us all … read more …

This article, The Gift of God’s Healing Love by Nancy Boswell Forest was published on 21 December in the Christian Science Perspective segment of the Christian Science Monitor.  In it Nancy describes how her insight into the nature of the unconditional love of God helped to heal a family situation at Christmas.  The complete article can be accessed by following this link: CS Perspective.

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