Saturday, February 17, 2018

In God's Care, Always

Some cats stay in,
Some go in and out.
When our Russian Blue
Is outdoors, out of sight,
I like to keep in mind,
These 3 facts divine:


God looks out for her,
Being her Mind,
He thinks for her,
And He will bring
Her safely home.


So for those we love,
Wherever they go,
Whatever they do,
They're in God's care
        Always.


  



Saturday, February 3, 2018

Testimonies of Healing

         While re-reading the testimonies of  healing in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, I was impressed with the expressions of gratitude for Christian Science, expressions which seemed to me eloquent in their simplicity and sincerity.  Here are excerpts from some of them which may interest those of you unacquainted with Christian Science and this book.






        I wish to add my testimony to those of others, and hope that it may be the means of bringing some poor sufferer to health, to happiness, and to God.  I was healed through simply reading this wonderful book Science and Health.
        Liverpool, England




        When I learned that Jesus' mission of healing sickness as well as sin did not end with his short  stay upon earth, but is practical in all ages, my joy was unbounded.  Having spent thousands in the old way, it seemed wonderful to be  healed at such small cost as the price of the "little book" and a few weeks' study.
        Memphis, Tenn.




        I was healed of a disease with which I had been afflicted since childhood, and for which there was no known remedy.  I believe Science and Health reveals the Word referred to by David."
        Kansas City, Mo.




        I have found a God whom I can love and worship with my whole heart and now I read my Bible with interest and understanding.  I was healed of very bad rheumatism simply by reading Science and Health.
        Edinburgh, Scotland




        For a long time I have been impelled to contribute a testimony of the healing power of Truth.  I was healed by reading Science and Health.  By applying it I found it to be the truth that Jesus' taught -- the truth that sets free.
        Kansas City, Mo.




        I am a willing witness to the healing power of Christian Science, having had a lifetime's battle with disease and medical experiments.
        Manatee, Fla.




        In a few weeks' study of Science and Health together with the Bible, I was healed of a desire for liquor of years' standing, and of the use of tobacco.
        Boston, Mass.




        Through a careful and prayerful study of Science and Health I have been lifted from sickness to health, from sorrow to peace, from lack to plenty, and the most beautiful of all, from darkness to light.
        Seattle, Wash.




         The Bible has become a new revelation to me and I can read it much more understandingly by the light received through the reading of Science and Health.
        Fairmont, Minn.




        The Bible, which I regarded with suspicion, has become my guide, and Christianity has become a sweet reality, because the Christian Science textbook has indeed been a "Key to the Scriptures" and has breathed through the Gospel pages a sweet sense of harmony.
        Sioux City, Iowa




        My husband was  healed of the tobacco habit of fifty years' standing, also of kidney trouble, by reading Science and Health.
       Seattle, Wash.




        I have been benefited in every way by Christian Science, physically, mentally, and spiritually and would not be without my understanding of it for anything.
        Billings, Mont.




        I was healed through reading "Science and Health" by Mrs. Eddy.  It was a clear case of transformation of the body by the renewal of the mind.
        Omaha, Neb.




        I was healed of stomach trouble of many years' standing by reading Science and Health.  I was a travelling salesman, and it was a common occurrence for me to have to call a physician to my hotel to administer morphine.  Finally, as a last resort, I decided to try Christian Science, and was healed by reading "Science and Health".
        St. Johnsbury, VT




        Paul said "Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind."  In my own case deafness has been overcome by an enlarged understanding of God's word, as explained by Mrs. Eddy in Science and Health."
        Brooklyn, Nova Scotia


        Just before I commenced reading Science and Health I spent a half day in having my eyes examined by one of the leading oculists in Boston  His verdict was that my eyes were in a dreadful condition, and that I would always need to wear glasses  In the meantime I commenced to read Science and Health, and when I thought of my eyes I had no need for glasses  The years that I have been in Science I have used my eyes incessantly, night as well as day, doing all kinds of trying work, and without the aid of glasses.
        Los Angeles, Cal.


        I have often had a desire to make public what Christian Science has done for me, but  I could never tell of all my blessings, they are so many.  My ailments were many, it seemed, all that flesh is heir to, and were called incurable by the doctors.  My case was known among physicians, many of whom were prominent specialists, as a most extreme one.  Many, upon looking at me, would turn away with a shake of the head and say "What keeps her alive?"  My physicians, who were exceedingly kind and did all that lay within their power for me, gave me up and the death sentence was pronounced on me by all who attended me.
        The "little book" was handed me at this great hour of need.  I read it, not thinking it would heal me, but, like a drowning man, I grasped at it.  I read it, read it again, and soon found myself growing stronger; then I kept on reading it and was perfectly healed of all the supposedly incurable diseases.
       Austin, Minn.




       


       




  







Thursday, February 1, 2018

Childlike

Puppy jumping all over


Delighted little  boy --


Heartwarming scene,


Vividly impressive.


The warmth and affection


Of dog and child


Reaching right across


The street to me.


No worry resting heavily,


No jaded view of life there,


Just sheer joy in the moment.






No wonder Jesus called for us


To be like a little child.




(Matthew 18:3)+

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Opioid Epidemic

        Was just talking to a neighbor who was also enjoying the almost summerlike weather after so many frigid days. We got into a discussion about today's front-page article in The New York Times on opioids.  This focused on the problem in New Hampshire where it like many states in the US have aa crisis on their hands.  This lady, who confessedly is not religious, who doesn't even believe in God she told me, said something so interesting.  "My doctor keeps trying to make me take opioids, but I refuse.  I don't want to become addicted. I blame the current epidemic on the doctors and the pharmaceutical companies."


        As I walked back in the house, couldn't stop thinking about being healthy and staying that way without dependence on drugs.  Being a student of Christian Science with its focus on turning to God for health and well-being, I felt so grateful no one has to go the way of possible addiction to pain-killers.


        It is a source of comfort to many men and women that there is a way disease can be healed through a deepening understanding of God, Spirit.  The Bible speaks of God's all-power, and it tells of people through the ages who have proved His uplifting and healing power.  One of the many passages in the Scriptures that convey the confidence inspired by spiritual understanding is this one from Psalms:  "In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me."


        To overcome illness does not mean ignoring it but rather involves undermining its very foundation.  Many people are doing through applying the liberating and strengthening spiritual truths found in Christ Jesus' teachings.  The Master understood fully the inseparability of man from God.  He knew that man is God's child, spiritual, whole, and eternally perfect in Him.  Discerning something of our real being as God's spiritual image, and expressing the purity that characterizes that being, we can come to feel the assurance of God's healing help.  It is experienced to the degree that we are aware of God's omnipresence and perfect upholding of His creation, of you and me and everyone else.


        Jesus' healings illustrate that man is not truly a fleshly mortal at the mercy of whatever disease happens to be prevalent; that man is not helpless when confronting disease.  Moreover, Jesus promised his followers, ,"If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."


        Everyone can learn the truth that God is omnipotent, and that man is the likeness of God.  As the image of his creator, man forever expresses the divine nature.  And because God is Spirit, man is spiritual.  To be sure, we appear to be merely flesh and bones and subject to suffering.  But physicality isn't the actual or ultimate substance of our being.  Life in the flesh is a misconception of man, whose real identity as the image of God is incorporeal, untouched by debilitating physical conditions.


        In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the woman who discovered and founded Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy writes:  "The physical healing of Christian Science results now, as in Jesus' time, from the operation of divine Principle, before which sin and disease lose their reality in human consciousness and disappear as naturally and as necessarily as darkness gives place to light and sin to reformation.  Now, as then, these mighty works are not supernatural, but supremely natural.  They are the sign of Immanuel, or 'God with us,' -- a divine influence ever present in human consciousness and repeating itself, coming now as was promised aforetime,


                                  To preach deliverance to the captives [of sense],
                                  And recovering of sight to the blind,
                                  To set at liberty that are bruised."


        With the Christly understanding that a study of Christian Science brings, anyone can turn to God for every aspect of his health and well-being, proving to his own satisfaction that joy that "the Lord will take away from thee all sickness."


         


       


       









Friday, January 12, 2018

Heavenly Counsel

When life has you up against it,
and you don't know what to do
and bewildered, you wonder
who can I take this problem to?
Heed the angel that says
"Why not take it to God"
You will be oh so glad
 that you did.



"Look unto me and be ye saved,
for I am God and there is
         none else."

       Holy Bible

Saturday, January 6, 2018

A Remarkable Woman

The secret of her influence on my life,
This woman I admire"
I think it was Christ's impact on her health
And life, her heart set afire
To reach people all over the world
With God's divine method of healing.


This remarkable woman, Mary Baker Eddy,*
Loved many things I have read.
Little children, people in need.
But she loved Christ more, she said.
"...more than all the world"**
She lived her life wholly self-forgoing.


This lady yearned to know
The things that Jesus knew.
She prayed and toiled and leaned on God,
And He always brought her through.
And because she wrote what God revealed
My life is blessed beyond telling.


And not my life alone,
But lives all over the earth.
For what this Christ follower did
Is showing mankind their present worth
As God's perfect-right-now creation --
His healing power extending.


*The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science
**Message to The Mother Church for 1901, page 28



Monday, January 1, 2018

Strength

Need more strength to do
all the things you need to do?
Think of this fact divine:
As God's reflection,
His image and likeness,
held intact in original perfection.
unlimited energy is yours and mine,
a God-bestowed quality forever ours.
We need only realize this,
claim it as present right now.







Some revitalizing spiritual truths --


From the Bible:




"I can do all things through Christ
which strengthenth me (Phil 4:13)


"God is our refuge and strength..."
(Ps. 46:1)


"The Lord is my strength and song"


"They that wait upon the Lord shall renew
their strength; they shall mount up with wings
as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk
and not faint"
(Isaiah 40:31)
(Ps. 118:14)








And from the writings of Mary Baker Eddy,
(Science and Health with Key to the
                 Scriptures)




"Anatomy declares man to be structural.  Physiology continues this explanation, measuring human strength by bones and sinews, and human life by material law.  Man is spiritual, individual, and eternal:  material structure is mortal."


"Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good.  God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man."  (Pg. 393)


"God pours the riches of His love into the understanding, and gives us strength according to our day."

"All that God imparts moves in accord with Him reflecting goodness and power,"  (Pg. 515)
(Pg. 5)