Sunday, August 11, 2019

A Healing in Christian Science

From time to time I will post a healing from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures that can in inspire a reader who is unacquainted with its teachings about God's divine laws to investigate for himself or herself.  Many people through the years have done this, and found to their great joy wonderful healing for themselves and others.

On page 382 Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered and founded this religion and wrote this book writes:   "One whom I rescued from seeming spiritual oblivion in which the senses had engulfed him, wrote to me: 'I should have died, but for the glorious Principle you teach, -- supporting the power of Mind over the body and showing me the nothingness of the so-called pleasures and pains of sense. The treatises I had read and the medicines I had taken only abandoned me to more hopeless suffering and despair.  Adherence to hygiene was useless.  Mortal mind needed to be set right.  The ailment was not bodily, but mental, and I was cured when I learned my way in Christian Science.'"

     (As Christ Jesus said:  "Ye shall now the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

To Be Like a Child

The scene from my office window that day might be seen every day someplace in the world --a puppy jumping all over a delighted little boy.  So heartwarming was this encounter, it left a vivid impression on me. The sheer joy of living, the warmth and affection the child was radiating,reached right across the street to me.

Life's responsibilities were resting heavily on me at that time, and this tender exchange lifted me right up mentally.  And spiritually.

And it made me think of something Christ Jesus said to his disciples one day. They had come to him with the question of who should be greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  Our Master called a little child to him and declared, "Verily, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."  (Matthew 18:3)

Since Jesus recommended childlikeness to us, and felt it to be of critical importance, we know it is a God-given requirement and it's for our own good. Such qualities as innocence, teachableness, trustfulness, and receptivity to good can be expressed by every of of us.

I have learned in my study and practice of Christian Science that man is, that we are, the reflection of God and that we have therefore all we need to be obedient to what He demands of us. We only need to recognize what our heavenly Father has already bestowed on us when He made us in His image. and put these qualities into daily living. You and I can be like a child and feel the freedom and joy that comes with this state of thought.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Jesus' Words on Fear

"Fear not," "Be not afraid,"
our Lord and Master taught.
Christ's divine Science helps us
do what Jesus said we ought.
For we are God's and have His Mind,
our thoughts from Him reflected.
Claiming and understanding this, we are
from harm and fear protected.
There is no fear in God
nor in His image, you and me.
Accepting this gospel truth,
we cannot help but see
truth do what Jesus said it would:

     Expose fear's reality,
         Strike off mental chains,
            Make us safe and oh so free!

Christ-informed, spiritually-enlightened,
we can have now rightful demonstration
of the fearlessness that belongs to all
as divine Mind's own manifestation.
For man is Mind-created and encompassed
       --held intact and dear--
and there is nothing in God's infinitude
for Mind's idea, man, to fear.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Property of Christ

I am Christ's

        And I have

                     The real life examples

                                         To prove it --

(But that's another blog

For another time)

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Keeping Our Thoughts on God

If my life is any measure.

Problems arise when thinking

Is not enough on Him --

Man's greatest treasure.

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on thee"

Isaiah 26:3 points out;

"Stayed" on Him --

Not on earthly cares and pleasure.

We keep our life going right

When we have our thoughts

Much more on and in Him.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Whose Glory?

When the tempter said he ought

To seek good things for himself,

Jesus put this evil out of thought.

For our Master was here,

    (As are you and I)

To be about our Father's business;

To see that God on high

Gets all the glory.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Being Productive for Christ

        Our Master, Christ Jesus, expects his followers to do this.  As he said: "Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples." (John 15:5)  But this call for a productive, spiritually useful life is not limited to some ill-defined spiritual elite; it speaks to each of us.

        But what if someone feels he hasn't any talents to use? While we may not always see it, everyone has ability; it just needs to be brought to light. The teachings of Christian Science can help with this.  Mary Baker Eddy points out in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:  "A knowledge of the Science of being develops the latent abilities and possibilities of man.  It extends the atmosphere of thought, giving mortals access to broader and higher realms." (p. 128)

      Christian Science teaches man's unity with God, divine Mind.  It shows that each one of us is actually a spiritual idea reflecting this Mind. All that man has, he has by reflection from God.  Intelligence, originality, and ability--these do not come from some other place; ;and they aren't limited to a select few.  Spiritual qualities are continuously being imparted by God to His beloved children. To all His children.  Because we're God's very reflection, we're never apart from the divine source of all ideas.  When we begin to understand this, we are more receptive to what He is imparting, and we can learn to make more timely and effective use of our abilities.

        Our allotment of talents may seem meager to us.  But we want to be sure to cultivate the ones we have.  We can cherish the desire to bless others and find opportunities--whatever we do for a living--to give of ourselves in the service of Christ.  As we prayerfully put our talent to use, God will see to it that our prayer bears fruit.  As the Bible assures us, "God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work. (II Cor. 9:8)
As Science and Health points out that unless an ability is used, we may not have it to use!  "If faithful over a few things," we are told, "we shall be made rulers over many; but the one unused talent decays and is lost." (p. 323)

        If we are thinking of working more actively for Christ, it can help to ponder what our Master said and did.  When we examine closely Jesus' teachings and example, and then live his precepts as nearly as we can, our efforts to be more productive are increasingly fruitful.  We read in John that Jesus said, "I am the vine; ye are the branches:  He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bright further much fruit: for with me ye can do nothing." (John 15:5)

        We can be sure that as we are "branches" abiding in Christ, God will provide ample oppofunity for us to employ are talents in bringing His kingdom to light (something the world certainly needs).  And there is no reason why we shouldn't become more fruitful for Christ, His Son.