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Beyond Lockdown – A Light at the End of the Tunnel   Leave a comment

In Canberra the lengthy COVID restrictions are now being eased. Thank goodness! As we approach re-opening and a more normal way of living and interacting, it’s important that we make sure all we’ve been through in the last 18 months has not been in vain.

We can think of these months of social isolation in two ways – as an awful time that was so hard, so lonely and often scary, or, as a unique opportunity. Could anything else have given us the opportunity to stop the busyness of everyday life, be still, and re-evaluate how we’ve been living in this world and treating one another? That initial decision as to how we’re going to think about this time, is immensely important because it dictates the failure or success of our experience ahead.

The repercussions of the initial decisions we make was brought home to me in a very dramatic way. My husband and I and our two young girls were holidaying, staying in a country motel. It was the very darkest time of night, we were all deep asleep when the oldest girl, who normally slept very soundly, for no discernible reason, suddenly woke up. As we were settling her back down, we smelled smoke. My husband looked out and saw the bushes beside the building on fire. Being ex-army he jumped into action and began hosing down the flames, but then realised the underside of the building was also alight. That’s when he found the whole of the underneath of the motel, which was fully occupied, was also on fire, and the rooms were starting to fill with smoke. We roused everyone and soon the fire was being put out. When the police arrived, they said it was an act of deliberate arson and five minutes more the floors would have collapsed into the flames.

Fear was starting to govern everyone’s thinking as they realised that through the evil actions of others, they had all nearly been killed in their sleep. It was at that point I realised we had a decision to make. There was another way of looking at the situation. It was that, even in the middle of the night when we were all sleeping the most soundly, even then we were alerted, saved and kept unharmed, that even in that extreme situation evil could not win. It was that option that we voiced to the group, and when we did, the atmosphere tangibly changed. Feelings of fear and vulnerability were replaced with a deep sense of safety and protection. Too, instead of my daughter feeling frightened, she felt the exact opposite, she felt like a hero.

Afterwards when I was thinking about what had taken place, I realised that in the weeks leading up to that holiday, I had been doing a lot of praying. Praying to me is not a pleading to a far-off God for benevolence, but a deep, conscientious recognition of the divine goodness ever-present in our lives. Tuning our thought to all that is right and good and loving is a bit like practising our maths calculations – we get better at it and see more right results appear. To me that’s what God is, the Principle that makes life work right and brings out those good results.

As we now move forward into this new way of living, recognising the good we’ve all had the time to focus on and practice, can help us feel assured that good results lie ahead for us. Through this period, haven’t we all been diligently and selflessly caring for one another in being isolated and law-abiding? Haven’t we had the time to rethink how we value our families and community? Haven’t we all been re-evaluating how we can better care for our planet? The basis of this thinking is love, and the Bible defines God as Love. Thinking rightly and acting lovingly is like doing our maths correctly, it assures us of good outcomes. It gives us the assurance that our futures will work out rightly.

This way of thinking about God, life and ourselves is Christianly scientific. If you’d like to look into this powerful healing way of thinking then visit the beautiful official website christianscience.com.

God’s Love, in Every Culture   Leave a comment

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

This article was originally published in the December 2011 issue of the Christian Science Journal. In it the writer, a member of the Canberra Christian Science community, shares how she overcame loneliness and cultural differences when she moved to a remote area of Indonesia to teach English.

She writes: My first two weeks in Singkawang, West Kalimantan, were traumatic.

It took two weeks, but finally I turned to prayer. And then I felt I had something familiar to lean on. I loved the idea of setting aside time for God every day at sunset, which most people around me did. The local mosque sat just across the road, and I decided to mentally join in the melodious call to evening prayer. My room faced a vividly green rice paddy, and I would sit on the balcony to read and pray, looking down at the men praying in the mosque, and watching sparrows flitting in the rice paddies, waiting for the enormous, jungled mountains to fade into darkness. 

Finally, I felt the peace I was searching for. I glimpsed that God, Truth, is relevant in every nation, culture, and situation. I prayed to recognize those around me as my brothers and sisters, our differences dissolved by the understanding that we all shared the same Father-Mother God. As I continued to pray, my perspective gradually changed, and my loneliness and frustration melted into love and fascination.

Click here to read the full article where the author explains the spiritual reasoning that led to this being a happy and rewarding experience, and one where she grew in her appreciation of the true brotherhood of man.

Chest Infection Healed Quickly   Leave a comment

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

Just before the lockdown began, I came down with a chest infection.  If I walked upstairs or tried to talk, I coughed uncontrollably making it very difficult to hold a conversation, talk on the phone or take part in online meetings. It was also difficult to sleep at night.  To allay the fears of family members who were concerned that I might be infectious and so should not be babysitting, I agreed to take a Covid test.

Throughout this time, I had been at home praying asking God to show me what I needed to know and not mixing with others.  Eventually I remembered the statement in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, (p 420)

“If students do not readily heal themselves, they should early call an experienced Christian Scientist to aid them.  If they are unwilling to do this for themselves, they need only to know that error cannot produce this unnatural reluctance.” 

I decided to contact a Christian Science practitioner who was unimpressed by the symptoms and likened the coughing to a “performance wanting to get my attention”.  She assured me that “Spirit (my true substance) can’t irritate or distress itself” and agreed to pray for me. 

That night I slept peacefully and in the morning I found a text on my phone saying that my Covid test was negative.  Over the next two days, the coughing disappeared and I was able to fulfill care commitments for my family with no problem.

I am deeply grateful for this healing and for the lessons that I continue to learn from the experience.

A cherry on the cake came a few days later.  I realised that my ribs were sore on one side – and found myself thinking that this was due to the violent coughing that I had been doing.  I realised that as the cough had never actually been part of me, there was no reason for there to be any after-effects.  I rejected the suggestion and concentrated on the reading that I was doing.  When I had finished reading, I realised that all feeling of aching had disappeared. 

This whole experience was really a ‘wake-up call’ – a nudge to draw closer to God and to feel his love not only for myself but everyone around me.

Where is God When Bad Things Happen?   Leave a comment

From the pandemic to political division to climate disasters, today’s news begs the question “Where is God when bad things happen?” And if God is here, why doesn’t it seem to make a difference?

This podcast series investigates different aspects of this large question. Each of the speakers shares a different view of God that can help you find your own peace and experience the kind of stability we all want these days.

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Here are the links to the four sessions in this series:

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Where is God When Bad Things Happen – Part 1: The Basics with Scott Preller

Where is God When Bad Things Happen – Part 2: Responding to Emergencies with Diana Davis Butler

Where is God When Bad Things Happen – Part 3: Finding Hope with Hilary Harper-Wilcoxen

Where is God When Bad Things Happen – Part 4: Getting Out of the Mess We’re In with Deborah Huebsch

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A new podcast is produced each week and can be accessed via the PODCASTS tab in the menu line at the top of this home page.

Safe Evacuation from Afghanistan   2 comments

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

About two weeks ago, along with others around the world I watched on TV the fall of Kabul and the urgent rush for people to get on a plane out of Afghanistan.  The scenes were horrific and prompted me to pray about the presence of Love and order operating right there, even though it only looked like chaos.

A couple of days after I was prompted to pray this way, on Monday 16th August, I received a text message from a friend of one of my daughters.  She knew I was a Christian Science practitioner and she asked me if I could pray for the safety of the wife and baby daughter of a good friend of hers.  The friend worked for the Australian government and was in Canberra but his wife and daughter were in Kabul, in all the mayhem, trying to get out on a Defence plane.

I texted back immediately reminding her and her friend that Allah, being another word for I AM or God, was with the little family and I would pray to see evidence of this.  I also assured my friend that she had the spiritual capacity to recognise God’s protective love and we could catch a glimpse of this together.

Later the same day, they received an email from the Australian Government saying that the application for citizenship had been escalated and steps were being taken in Kabul to forward the administration.  I knew that ‘red tape’ didn’t have more power than the divine law of good.  

The next contact was two days later, to tell me that the little family had been told by government to wait at home till instructed to go to the airport.  This was a period of quiet trust in God and hope that safe passage to the airport was being organised.  My friend texted me “divine law is operating despite appearances” – I was thrilled to see this tone of her thought.  

A few days later a text came at 2:30 am to tell me that the mother and baby were safely inside the airport.  As I lay in bed I thought further about the safety of the mother and child and the tender care God was taking of all His creation. Even in the best of circumstances I’ve flown long flights with babies and young children and it can be challenging.  Seeing the images of those fleeing Afghanistan crushed into defence planes, I prayed specifically for the baby to feel at peace.  Later that morning another text came to say they were on the plane and close to landing in Dubai.  I shared with my friend a Bible verse I often use when travelling: “Behold I send an angel before you to keep you in the way’ (Exodus 23:20).  We were gratefully watching this promise from God being fulfilled.

The next text told of how the mother and child had had a couple of nights at a military base in Dubai.  Accompanying this message was a photo of the smiling baby girl in a little pink dress, looking very much at peace.  Next they let me know they were in Melbourne in quarantine and the friend of my friend, who had sparked this prayer journey a week earlier, was on his way from Canberra to meet up with his wife and child.  He had official permission to be with them during their COVID quarantine period.  

When the request came to pray for someone trying to escape from Kabul under those chaotic circumstances, I was grateful that Principle, the law of Love, was powerful enough to respond.  Once I started giving focussed prayer to the danger as the Taliban took over, I felt the power of prayer from around the world.  There was a palpable sense of God being on the field.  These last couple of weeks have brought into focus for me a little more of what Mary Baker Eddy hoped for Christian Scientists:

During this final conflict, wicked minds will endeavor to find means by which to accomplish more evil; but those who discern Christian Science will hold crime in check. They will aid in the ejection of error. They will maintain law and order, and cheerfully await the certainty of ultimate perfection.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy p96:31)

With humility and gratitude I’m glad I could contribute to some modest ‘aid’ and I “cheerfully await the certainty of ultimate perfection”.  There is so much to be grateful for, as bit by bit I learn of the joy and relief of those involved in this escape from danger.

An Example of Love’s Protection   Leave a comment

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

One dark, very wet night, I was scheduled to attend a Church meeting in Barton, ACT. There was a forecast for heavy storms which might include hail. Our area had been affected by hailstorms the year before and, prior to going to the meeting, I had consciously acknowledged that as attending the meeting was a “right activity” all those attending, and all those in the vicinity of our Church, could know that they and their property (including their cars), are safe.

There was indeed a storm and heavy rain whilst we were at the meeting and when we were leaving it was still raining steadily. I put my papers and handbag on the boot of my car whilst I rummaged for my car keys and then my passenger and I drove towards home. When we had travelled for about 9 km, I stopped at red traffic lights and when the lights turned green I drove on. Suddenly, the driver behind me started flashing his headlights and hooting his horn. My first thought was that I had done something wrong. I checked that my headlights were on and I knew that I hadn’t been speeding and had stopped in good time at the red light. However, the car behind me persisted in trying to get me to pull over. I took the off ramp to the hospital and stopped the car. The other car pulled up in front of my car and we were not sure what the safe thing to do was. A passenger from the other car got out and ran black towards my car, so I got out. She wanted to let me know that my wallet was on the top of my car’s boot. It had stayed there safely for the whole journey despite several turns and changes of speed!

I was grateful for the alertness of these complete strangers and their kindness and persistence in letting me know about my wallet (which incidentally contained my driving licence, my credit cards and other important cards). The thing that has stayed with me most following this experience is the feeling of God’s protection.

I have learned through this and many other situations, that God, Love, is always with us and that we can trust in his care.

I love the promise from one of our hymns:

His arm encircles me, and mine, and all.”

(Christian Science Hymnal – Hymn 209 (Verse 2)

and also this promise,

Good thoughts are an impervious armour; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited.”

(The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy p210: 7–11).

Quick Healing of a Head Cold   1 comment

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

Recently I experienced all the symptoms of a heavy head cold.  It just seemed to sneak up on me as the day progressed. 

I was fairly determined to not give in to this feeling and I accomplished all I needed to during the day but by the evening I felt physically overwhelmed by the symptoms and the unwell feeling.  However, during the day I had been reminding myself that my true nature was spiritual – the image and likeness of God, as the Bible tell us (Genesis 1: 26, 27) and if God didn’t have a cold then really nor could I.   Although I didn’t feel well I didn’t feel beaten by this situation.  My mental well-being still felt very intact.   

In the evening as I didn’t feel capable of doing anything physical, I curled up in my favourite chair and decided to listen to the Wednesday Testimony Meeting readings on the phone.  They were perfect for me!  The topic was spiritual healing and I became engrossed in the words and the message – a message that reminded me that I could mentally stand up to claims of ill-health.  The readings assured me that matter couldn’t make conditions for me because Mind was the only cause.  At the end of the readings I felt calm and forgot to think much about the cold situation. 

That night I slept through peacefully and woke in the morning 100% well.  There was not a single trace of the condition.  Later that next day my husband and I took the dog on a long walk and we jogged much of the way.  I kept up easily and pulled up after each jog without any puffing.  I felt more energised than I had in a long time.

For this and all the other healings I have experienced through relying on the truths taught in Christian Science I am truly grateful.  Armed with this understanding I approach each day with confidence and joy.

A recording of the readings mentioned above are posted on this blog below under the heading, Spiritual Healing – Past and Present.

Watermelon at Ku-ring-gai   Leave a comment

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A Daily Lift by Sancy Nason, a Christian Science Practitioner.

In this 3 minute talk Sancy describes how her needs were met in a most unusual way during a hike in the bushland of Ku-ring-gai National Park near Sydney.

A new 3 minute inspirational talk is shared each day Monday-Friday. To listen to more click on the Daily Lift tab in the menu above.

I Walked Away Unhurt   Leave a comment

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

Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe. (The Bible -Psalm 119: 117)

Today in casual conversation with a friend the subject of cars came up.  We were exchanging stories about how we came to have our present vehicles, and what previous cars we had.  We discovered that we had in the past the same make of car which we really enjoyed because it was a road hugging car in which we felt very safe.   I related that my car previous to this one had been written off with me driving and how I had been protected through this experience.

I would like to share my story with a heart full of gratitude to God, good, that I was not hurt, but walked away from the scene totally unscathed.  The country road that I was travelling on was very well known to me as I used it daily travelling to work and home again and at weekends when I went out.

I was living rurally at the time in a hilly area and the road was winding down towards the township.  There had been a lot of rain overnight which had caused a pothole to form in the road and I did not see the hole as I came around the bend.  One wheel of the car hit the edge of the pothole which caused the car to spin.  I found myself unable to right the car as it spun to the other side of the road facing the opposite direction and  over on its side.

As the car was flying through the air, with anything loose in the car flying about as well, I heard myself shouting out, “God is my life, God is my life, I cannot be separated from God, my life.” When all the spinning was over I was able to climb out of a door and proceeded to walk home which was probably about a couple of miles away.  Even this was taken care of, as at that time a neighbouring farmer and his wife came driving up the road and took me home.

My husband and I had then to do the calling of the police and arrange to get the car back on the road.  I had been on my way  to church at the time where I had a duty to perform.  After ringing to make my apologies I decided that I may as well bake a cake which I had intended to do when I got home from church anyway.

There were no after-effects from this experience.  In fact it did not occur to me that there could be until the next day at my place of work someone commented that at least I should have had a headache as the result of the incident.  The protection was complete as I turned to the presence of  my Father-Mother God  as the source of my life.  My subsequent car was the road hugger which I enjoyed driving for a good number of years.   

All power unto our God is given, on Him we place reliance. (Hymn 10 – Christian Science Hymnal)

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.

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