Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Christmas Card

Just received a special card for this time of year, and its simple message stirred my heart.  It was sent by a man of business we know, who is first and foremost a Christian.  I feel it should be repeated on this blog:

"We celebrate Jesus, love's pure light."

And the Scriptural passage that accompanied it -- "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him."
(I John 4:9)

What better way to celebrate Christmas -- and Jesus --than reflecting more of God's dear love to all.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Power: His, Not Ours

With Christ we shall prevail.

Without Christ we're sure to fail.

"I am the vine, ye are the branches:  He that abideth in me, and I in him, the

same bringeth forth much fruit:  for without me ye can do nothing."


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Heads-Up From Jesus

In telling his disciples about things to come, Christ Jesus spoke of "men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth."  (Luke 21:26, 28)

Many people may be ready to conclude that these days are upon us.  They feel disillusioned, depressed.  Many lose heart.

This, however, is the thing we shouldn't do when faced with disheartening circumstances, because Jesus not only warned us of eventual upheaval, but also said, "When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads: for your redemption draweth nigh."

Our freedom from fear and hopelessness can come as we begin to understand something of God's government of man and the universe.  Christian Science, in accord with the spirit of the Bible, shows one how to look up, through enlightened prayer, to find God's ever-present, redeeming help.  In the Old Testament the prophet Jeremiah exclaims:  "Ah Lord God!  behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee."  (Jeremiah 32:17)

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:  "It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony."  (page 390)  Challenges do seem hopeless to us if we believe God to be less than infinite, almighty good and if we think of man as separated from God, left to fend for himself in a haphazard, material universe.  But there is great reason for hope when we come to see that God is indeed the supreme benevolent power the Bible teaches Him to be and that man is His expression, inseparable from Him, loved by Him, secure in Him.  And so important to know, governed by divine law.

The basis of Jesus' unfailing ability to subdue difficulties of every description was his practical understanding of divine law, his consciousness of man's spiritual relationship to God.  He saw beyond the faulty, fleshly sense of man as a sinful or sick mortal to the reality of man as God's spiritual likeness.  When we come to realize through prayer that God is continously maintaining all in spiritual harmony and perfection we can begin to see there is no hopeless situation, no insoluble problem, no matter how bad things look.

"But I have every right to feel depressed, downhearted," one may say.  "Personal problems are very challenging for me right now."  But not even this places one in a hopeless situation, because prayer is being answered today through an understanding of what God and man really are, through an understanding that the actual status of man is spiritual perfection, transcending what the eye beholds.  Christian Science shows any sincere, thoughtful seeker for freedom how he can find healing, and it doesn't matter whether the trouble is physical, emotional, moral, or financial.

What we think of as a physical condition is, in the most fundamental sense, the objectification of our thinking.  And so as we purify--or spiritualize--our thoughts, it naturally follows that our life becomes more harmonious, more in line with God's law of good.

Because your daily experience, like mine, is an expression of thought, the great need is for a change of mental standpoint.  Through prayer we need to gain a correct, spiritual view of man as the image of God.  In other words, we need to realize that inharmony of whatever kind is not a parat of our real selfhood made in God's likeness.

Accepting the premise that God is perfect Spirit, as the Bible teaches, we realize that the creations of Spirit can only be spiritual, perfect.  And this is the reality of our being, despite appearances to the contrary.  No matter how real it appears to be, a hopeless condition has no true existence in God's sight.  Why?  Because God never made it.

Regardless of how joyless or desolate life may sometimes seem, there is no need for anyone to give up.  God's love is in continuous operation, and it is sustaining each one of us.  Our Saviour, Jesus, showed us this--conclusively.

Monday, December 12, 2011

God's Artistry

Winter's here, for a time,

and I love its glitter:

shining streams,

brilliant tree trunks,

sparkling grass,

all look to me

like crushed diamonds.

And in a certain light,

on the ground,

rubies, emeralds,

and sapphires, too.

His priceless gifts

are all around.

And so is He.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Greatest Gift

With people scurrying around

Christmas gifts to find,

This comes to mind,

Something some time ago I read:

"Have I thanked You enough today

For Your unspeakable gift?"

A famous man more than once said,

Was heard by his men to pray --

American Civil War general

Robet E. Lee.

It was, of course, Jesus

He was referring to.

Think of the influence for good

On those who heard him say it,

And on those who have read

His stirring words since.

How grateful are we

For what God has given us?

Let us

Boldly, Humbly, say.

(Can't help thinking this morning about another gift to mankind, and that the Discovery of Christian Science by Mary Baker Eddy -- especially her great book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.  The truths therein honour God's holy child in a sublime way in that it makes available to suffering humanity the truths that were the basis of Jesus' marvelous works.)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Mind Can Show Us How

At exactly 5:50 the other night

(I could hardly wait!)

Turned on the tiny white lights

Around doorway, on bushes and trees,

And around the front of the house.

A lovely, magical sight.

Twice I almost called a neighbor

To help me connect the maze.

Instead, I turned to Mind,

And voila the job was a breeze.

(I can never be thankful enough for what Christian Science has taught me about God as the ever-present, all-knowing Mind that has an answer to every problem we encounter in daily life.)