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Gratitude for Protection   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_62922805This article, Gratitude for Protection, is shared by Barbara who is a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  In it she describes her introduction to Christian Science and a significant instance of protection during a bush fire.

Recently I read a verse from the Bible which I will quote in part, “Whatsoever things are of good report; … think on these things” (Phil 4:8).  This verse reminded me of how much good I have to be grateful for in my life.  I have come to recognize that our Creator, God, (ever present good) is the one and only source of all harmony for all of His children.

In my case, this has come about through the teachings of Christian Science as given in the textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

Many years ago I became interested in these teachings through witnessing a remarkable healing which my mother had.  At this time, she was suffering from a nervous break-down with strong suicidal tendencies.  She herself had heard of Christian Science through her brother who had been healed of a broken neck, and was leading a normal life.  She sought the help of a Christian Science practitioner, one who prays, as Jesus did, for the recovery of the sick, or of any inharmony in one’s life.

Gradually literature such as the Christian Science Sentinel and Journal began to appear in the home, as well as the textbook.  At first I started to read these, wondering if I could help my mother, and to find out what it was that she was studying.  I was so taken by the logic of what I read, that I could not stop reading.  This was my introduction to the teachings of Christian Science, and since then I have had daily proof of the omnipotence and omnipresence of God, good.

Apart from daily blessings there have been potentially life threatening experiences where the acknowledgement of God’s law of harmony has saved me and others from grim situations.

One such situation which I would like to share with you is being protected in a bush fire.  My husband and I were living rurally at the time, and there were out breaks of fire in the district in a number of places.  On this particular day the fire was roaring up from the gully towards several properties and fanned by a wind that seems to drive the fire forward.

The usual precautions had been taken to protect the house, like the grass being cut short around the home, gutters filled with water and buckets of water in place.  The only water available was precious tank water.  The rural fire brigade must have been elsewhere attending to other fires, and the fire fighters on our property had only wet bags on the ends of long handles to beat the flames as they engulfed the bush and the grass.

The picture was so overwhelming that I did not seem to be able to get a thought that would calm me, and I well knew that it had to be a message from God.  I felt like a little child, and the prayer for little children written by Mary Baker Eddy, which I had taught to my children rescued me.  It says “Father, Mother, God, loving me, Guard me when I sleep, Guide my little feet up to Thee.”  What I got from that was a trust in God that He would guard and guide and all would be well.

Almost immediately we had people as it seemed, just come from everywhere, to assist.  Our house and the fire were a goodly distance from the main road, but people just came down the house road with all manner of helpful things.  One man came in a small utility truck with a tank on the back full of liquid which he sprayed from a pump.  We later found that it was an insecticide, but it helped douse the flames.  Others came just as they saw the smoke from the main road.  Another man who lived further along the road eventually left us to go and check out his own property, and there were others, and more stories.

Both properties closest to the fire were saved, and of course those further up the hill were also out of danger.  There was no loss of life in the vicinity, praise be to God.  To me, this is indeed “good report”, and I love to “think on these things”.

God is Speaking – Are you listening?   Leave a comment

Jill GrimesA lecture by Jill Grimes, a full-time Christian Science healer and a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship.

Listen here for a replay of this lecture, God is speaking – Are You Listening? given recently in Houston, Texas.

God is speaking in your own spiritual language…a language you can hear.

Everyone is looking for solutions! Health, certainty, and hope are on everyone’s wish list. But can we hear the answers? “When one’s thinking is guided by the spiritual laws of harmony, as explained in the Bible, thought moves beyond the ground-level view of any problem,” says national speaker, Jill Grimes. “And God’s all-inclusive law of love is not only felt, but is seen as healing.”

In her talk, Grimes will discuss the practical application of spiritual law and how it heals consistently and completely. Grimes’ ideas are based on the teachings of Jesus as recorded in the Bible, and as discussed in the seminal work on spiritual healing Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

“So are you ready to hear your own healing language?” asks Grimes. “God’s healing love is contemporary and understandable. It is universal and unconditional, not denominational. It gives you peace.”

Jill Grimes has been a practitioner of Christian Science healing for over 30 years. She has been involved in numerous healings including broken bones, addictions, diseases and depression. Now a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, Grimes travels throughout the country sharing her spiritual discoveries. She makes her home in Granite Bay, California.

Prayer Beyond Words   2 comments

shutterstock_124147789Sentinel Radio Broadcast:  An interview with guests: Barbara Vining, Ginger Mack, Michael Pabst

Is prayer just the repetition of certain words? Or is there more to it? The Psalmist said, “I will hear what God the Lord will speak.” This indicates the importance of listening for God’s direction in our prayers. The Bible also points to a number of other vital elements, including a heartfelt reverence for God, a yielding to His will, and an acknowledgment of His power.

Click on this link to listen to this 30 minute discussion about the nature of effective prayer.

 

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