Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sustained

Feeling worn down by too much to do?

Consider Jesus' words in John 14:10 -

"The Father that dwelleth in me,

      He doth the works."

Being God's reflection,

These words are true

For me and you.

Humility and reliance on his Father

Shines through all that Jesus said.

Looking to God for action and ability

As our blessed Master did

Will do wonders for our stamina,

And keep joy and enthusiasm

Going in the process.


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Absolute Faith

By John Robert Howell






        To those wandering in the wilderness of sickness, disease, financial woes, joblessness, immorality, or despair Christian Science is the "true Light" which can lead out of this miasma of materiality and fleshly woes.  It has done so for tens of thousands worldwide for over a century.


        Some may immediately counter by saying that they have tried Christian Science and it just didn't or doesn't work for them.  It is safe to say that somewhere within the root of such withered hopes is a halting, fearful, timid, and half-hearted commitment to the Truth Jesus taught.


        Christian Science cannot be admixed with any other system and certainly not with any medical belief or solution.  If one has in thought even the subtlest belief that if Science doesn't work,  he can always go to a doctor or take medicine to correct the problem, he is then already trusting in and committed to matter for a solution and shouldn't be surprised at his failure to find healing through purely spiritual means in Christian Science.


        Jesus made it clear that anyone who put his hand to the plow (of Truth) and then looked back (to matter) was unfit for the Kingdom of Heaven.  One simply cannot put one tentative foot in the  boat of Divine Science as it launches forth and yet keep for security's sake, one foot on the dock of belief in material reality.  The embarrassing and disheartening result of such an attempt to give power to both Spirit and matter should be evident.


        The principles of mathematics are generally accepted without demur. We know the rules of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division have to be obediently and exactly applied to get the correct result.  The rules of Divine Science, Christian Science, can only be applied in the same unquestioning and undeviating manner. It must be clear beyond the slightest doubt or equivocation that the laws, so-called, of matter and medicine cannot be applied in conjunction with Christian Science.  To do that would be very little different from professing at the same time adherence to atheism and Christianity.


        The very first sentence of the first chapter of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, states:  "The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God,--a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love." (S&H, p.1)
The term "absolute faith" should not be read over hastily.  The prayer that reforms and heals cannot be based on vacillation or timorousness, but on complete and resolute faith in God and belief in His capability to heal and save.


        When Lot, his wife, and two daughters were told by angels to flee from Sodom and Gomorrah before the impending destruction of those cities, they were also told not to look back.  Lot's wife could not resist doing so and was changed into a pillar of salt.  We can't trust God for our welfare and at the same time look back longingly or fearfully to matter for comfort and support as well.


        For those who are inclined to temporize on the issue of absolute fidelity to Science, but who are unwilling to capitulate completely by getting medical treatment, there may still be the irresistible temptation to get a medical diagnosis to a problem, particularly one which has not been readily met in Christian Science, as some sort of aid to metaphysical treatment.  The real result of this approach will probably be, however, to find oneself to be obliged to dance wit the one he invited to the party.


        Medical diagnosis invariably succeeds in fixing a problem even more firmly in thought by giving it a name, attaching consequences, and vividly outlining a material picture in mortal mind.  No matter how practical or informative a physical diagnosis may seem to be, it only adds to the errors to be overcome if the case is to be treated metaphysically in Christian Science.  No medical pronouncement is ever going to assist in spiritual treatment.  When seeking a material solution one pays his money, but it will be a sort of Hobson's Choice, not God's will, which will determine the outcome.


        We live today in a  highly materialistic age, one where the great god is medicine, not our heavenly Father-Mother God.  The arrogant dogmatism of this medical religion confronts, indeed assaults, us at every turn:  television (news and commercials), newspapers, magazines, conversations, billboards, radio, and so on.  One can't even stand in line at the grocery store without getting a thorough dose of it.  It take daily work just to refute and counteract all that we encounter in the course of  normal lives.  To find oneself attentive to any of the medical claims or pictures is only to raise the spiritual portcullis of our consciousness and invite the invasion and destruction of our confidence in God's willingness and ability to govern our lives.


        "Only through radical reliance on Truth can scientific healing power be realized" (S&H, p. 167) This unequivocal and unambiguous statement is not even a gossamer endorsement of any medical diagnosis or treatment.  If one truly believes that God is omnipotent and omnipresent then where is any possible need or requirement for supplementing His care?


        To be a Christian Scientist one must choose whom he will serve. As Jesus said, we cannot serve God and materiality at the same time.  Giving up as fast as practical even material pleasures may seem about as appealing as wearing a hair shirt, but the sooner it is done and to the degree it is done, we win the spiritual freedom, health, completeness, and joy which can never decline, fade away, or be taken from us.


        In her article "Truth-Healing", Mrs. Eddy states:  "It is impossible to be a Christian Scientist without apprehending the moral law so clearly that, for conscience' sake, one will either abandon his claim to even a knowledge of the Science, or else make the claim valid." (Mis. p. 261)  This is quite a challenge to our commitment, but what an opportunity to prove our worthiness to be called Christian Scientists.











Sunday, July 1, 2018

Keeping Our Priorities Straight

Not enough time in the day

To do all the things you need to do?

Your priorities are out of whack.

Consider placing God's demands

Before other people's, and your own.

Think of Christ Jesus, someone

Who was never flurried or worried,

Who was always on time for healing

Why was this, do you think?

Could one reason have been

"I do always those things that please him"?

                      John 8:29

A holy example, this.

But one we can all shoot for.

Even the willingness to pray,

May this day be lived the way

You heavenly Father, know is best

Will begin adjusting circumstances

As only God can do.

There will then be enough time

For Him -- first don't forget --

And time enough for you.




Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Way Out

When life has you feeling stressed,

And things look downright grim,

And you find yourself wondering

"Whom can I take this problem to?"

Heed the angel that says,

"Why not take your worries to Him?"

You will be eternally glad you did.

Turning to our loving Father

Never fails to lift us up,

To bestow a feeling of peace,

To bring a comforting sense

That He is indeed in charge

Of all that concerns our well-being.

Our heavenly Father is with us always,

And always gives us a way out.




Friday, June 8, 2018

Words That Pass Not Away

"Heaven and earth shall pass away,

But my words shall not pass away, "

Our blessed Master said.

   (Matthew 24:35)

Those who love what Jesus said

Naturally want others to feel the same.

And some through what they write

Do so to honor Him

In the hope that any of what

He said and taught

Shall reach the hearts

Of those now living

And those lives yet to be,

And so lodged within a person

Shall lead to obedience of God's Word,

To peace and joy and feedom

Obtainable in no other way.

Friday, June 1, 2018

What God Requires

Doing what God requires

Is of course no lark.

Jesus never even hinted

It'd be a walk in the park.



In fact, Jesus left no doubt

Just what could lie ahead

In these words to those

God-called men He led.



"...Whosoever killeth you will
Think that he doeth God service."

           (John 16:2)



Doesn't need to be put

Plainer than this for me,

Nor I suspect for you who

Love Christ unconditionally.



But becoming more like our Savior,

The most obedient man on earth,

Shouldn't this be some all out,

Go-for-broke commitment worth?



For we know, disobeying the God

We are taught to adore,

Is sooner or later sure to

Cost us so much more.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Butterfly Exquisite

Sittng on a bench


In the garden just now


Watching a butterfly


Perched at the edge of


A birdbath getting a drink,


                  Made me think.


I couldn't help but marvel


At God's love and care


For something so fragile.


That He does take account


Of all that He has made


We know from Jesus' words


In the Sermon on the Mount,


Where he speaks of even


Of the birds of the air


Being provided for


By our Father's tender love.


I feel His care surrounding all.