Friday, June 22, 2012

Not for glory

Ours, that is --

But solely His.

When the tempter said he ought

To pursue aims just for himself,

Jesus put this evil out of thought.

For our beloved Master was here,

As are you and I,

To be about our Father's work,

To not our duty shirk,

To see that God on high,

And not you nor I,

Gets all the glory.

Monday, June 18, 2012

What a Treasure

Feeling mighty thankful

This beautiful morning

For the practical religion

Mary Baker Eddy founded,

Christian Science,

As its teachings have me grounded

Upon the Rock.

And what Rock is this?

The spiritual understanding,

The knowledge of divine law,

That our great Master had

Of God's transcendent healing power.

And to think that we can know

The things that Jesus knew.

Is this not a blessing without measure!

N.B.  For those readers of my blog who are unacquainted with Christian Science and what it teaches, Mrs. Eddy's book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures will make it readily available to you.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Christ's power, not our own

On this all may rest assured:

When devils assail,

Without Christ, we're sure to fail.

With Christ, we always prevail.

"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal,
but mighty through God to the pulling down
of strong holds..."
Paul, I Corinthians 2:4

"Christ is such a terror to devils."
Mary Baker Eddy

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Our reason for being

Devote your life to God,

And to His service,

And you will find

Life well worth living,

For yourself, and all mankind.

For this is why we're here,

To help our fellowman

In every way we can.

Don't you make time

For everything else

Under the sun?

Consider things more sublime,

Henceforth live your life

In God and His Holy Son.

Given all that God has done,

And does for us without fail,

Can we not love and serve

Him better than we are?

I know I can.

And thoughts along these lines from the Discoverer and Founder of
Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy:

"Goodness never fails to receive its reward, for goodness makes life a blessing.  As an active portion of one stupendous whole, goodness identifies man with universal good.  Thus may each member of this church rise above the oft-repeated inquiry, What am I? to the scientific response:  I am able to impart truth, health, and happiness, and this is my rock of salvation and my reason for existing."  This is from First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, page 165.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Public Faces, Private Thoughts

Not so much what

we say in public

but what we think

when all alone

that tells the tale

For thinking shapes

our whole existence --

for good or ill --

causes it to square

with God's commands.

Or not.

It isn't pleasant face,

but loving thought

that proves to God

we're doing what we ought.

For feel ye love for one another

is still our Master's call.