Saturday, November 16, 2019

A poem for Thanksgiving

                       (By John Robert Howell)


Does a famine of the spirit

     starve health and calm and ease?

Awake to the Master's promises

     and taste afresh the bread of Truth.

If of Love your loaf is made

     Life divine will fill emaciation's void.

But who's to grind and knead and bake

     before the grace and breaking?

If crust already cut and buttered you expect,

     turn rather to the garner first

            with gratitude.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

God knows our needs

        These words of our Master, Christ Jesus, have so often given me a sense of comfort:  "Your Father knoweth what ye need before ye ask him."  (Matthew 6:8)

        If I didn't already wholeheartedly accept these words because Jesus said them, my daily experience would make me a firm believer of them. How many times God has given me what I needed when I wasn't even aware I needed it.  And following days and weeks have disclosed how timely our Father's care for His children is, and how comprehensive.

        I shouldn't be, but I am often amazed at what our heavenly Father does for us!


Friday, November 1, 2019

Thanks to Christ Jesus

        We have Christ Jesus to thank for revealing and proving fully our heavenly Father's constant love for His children.  And when we're empowered with the spiritual truths Jesus knew about God and man, and which Christian Science makes available to everyone today, we can prove these for ourselves in healing. These spiritual truths are contained in Mary Baker Eddy's book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

        One example of what this book can do for mankind is recorded on page 644:

"After I had read Mrs. Eddy's work, Science and Health, a few days, I found that my ailments had disappeared and a rest had come to me which I had never before known. Like a prisoner, who had been in chains for years, I was suddenly set free. I did not know then how the chain had been removed, but I had to acknowledge that it came through the reading of this book. I then felt an ardent desire to read more, and to know what this power was that had freed me in a few days of that which I had been trying for years to shake off and had failed.  It then became clear to me that this was the truth which Jesus Christ taught and preached to free humanity almost two thousand years ago."

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Lowliness the way to go

If the mighty meekness Christ Jesus
In his daily life exemplified,
Lived, in ours, will keep us
Unresponsive to the prince of this world,
From unavoidable happiness free,
Then let our heartfelt asking be
Give me, O God, more humility --
The true humility our Master showed.
Didn't He seem at times
To be trying to hide himself,
Never trying to be a "star",
Wanting invariably instead
To see His Father glorified?
So let us choose life's "lowest room",*
Be unpretentious in what we do and are.
It is this not seeking things for ourselves,
Living to honor not us but Him,
That keeps us from the pride
That will make our life
Not His heaven, but a hell;
That empowers us to walk
The Christly path that blesses
Others lives and ours as well.

     *(See Luke 14:7-ll)

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

God knows what to do

When life seems a thicket
and we can't see a way through,
by looking in God's direction
He will show us what to do.

Can anything that comes up
in our day-to-day
baffle the Creator of all?
No.  He can clear the way.

"In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he will direct thy paths"
we are told in Proverbs 3:6

Doing this can bring solutions
we, unaided, just cannot see.
Then let us, dear Lord,
Take all our problems to Thee.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Thanks to my Readers

        From time to time, someone who has read my blog will contact me about a mistake in something I've shared from the Bible, also from the writings of Mary Baker Eddy.  I welcome these corrections, and appreciate your taking the time to let me know.  I certainly would not want to misquote either of these sources of inspiration and help to you, so do not hesitate to let me know of anything I've missed.

        With a very busy schedule, and as writers know, it isn't always easy to proof one's own work. So it's good I have you out there on the beam!


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Light

Light is seen so many lovely ways:

        --In ducks gliding across a pond
               Leaving long streaks of
               Shining in their wake;

         --In a little child's happy eyes;

          --In a face glowing with love.
         
          --In setting sun rays through forest trees



But exceeding all that God's
Wondrous creation can show
Is that light Jesus promises:

"He that followeth me
Shall not walk in darkness, but
Shall have the light of life."

                          (John 8:12)