Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Disregarding Jesus Words?

"Not me", you may be saying.

And you may be right.

But we can think we're obeying

What God expects, and not be.

The neglecting of Jesus' words

Can be unbelievably subtle.

Christians we are then in name only,

Who without realizing it,

Are letting the day's distractions

Move what our Master taught

Off the cover of our lives.

You and I then need to stay sharp.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Beauty of Selfless Love

        Happened to see a program recently highlighting an animal shelter in the Guatemalan jungle, and I was taken with the men and women primarily saving innocent little creatures from the illegal pet trade. Transcending the worldly concept of beauty, their faces were aglow with the day in, day out giving they do.  The beauty of selfless love writ large.

        Of course, thought went instantly to our supreme example of this, our beloved Christ Jesus, whose teachings admonish us to love, love, love.  And my religion certainly stresses this.  To think of all the men and women through the centuries who have forgotten about themselves to give out kindness and helpfulness to those they encountered in their endeavors. They were and are living reflections of the wondrous love God has for all His creatures.

        And to think that you and I are taking up space on this planet to do the same.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

For His Holy Child

Whatever our work in life

Happens to be,

We should question

Ourselves regularly:

Am I doing what I'm doing

For His holy child or, --

For personal  homage.

The Father's smiles await

Those who get this right.

And more (if more we need)

Blessings galore.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

What Really Governs Us?

        Not to open a political discussion, but the upcoming election here in the United States has caused me to think about who is really in charge of our government. 

        Being that I adhere to the teachings of the Bible and of Christian Science, two statements have been in thought recently, and helped me look at this topic from a higher standpoint. 

        First, as Psalm 22:28 points out:  "The kingdom is the Lord's: and he is the governor among the nations."  Christian Science teaches that the sole governing force of the universe, including man, is God, divine Principle.  He maintains His creation in perfect harmony and righteousness.  There is never a moment when His divine law is not operating, nor can we be deprived of its power.  God's law is good, supreme, and all-inclusive.  He does not share His power with anything or anyone else, for there is none--the human picture to the contrary.

        And these thoughts from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "The real jurisdiction of the world is in Mind, controlling every effect and recognizing all causation as vested in divine Mind." Mary Baker Eddy wrote this book.

        Powerful truths these, and they have been giving me a firm basis from which to pray about this issue.  How reassuring it is to know Who really governs us.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Light of Heaven

Candy-pink roses low in cool breeze,
Care-free birds dart in and out of hedges,
Someone mows his lawn in the distance.
Of all the May delights that confront me
As I sit here on stone garden bench,
It's setting-sun rays that get me most --
Light shines on forest floor,
Light plays on trunks of trees,
Light glints off rusting wire fence
A farmer put up long before we moved in.
But there's a thought much higher
Than enchanting light of earth --
It's something Christ Jesus once said:
"I am the light of the world: he that
Followeth after me shall not walk in darkness,
But shall have the light of life."
               (John 8:l2)
The beauty of this Light
Can never fade to black.
Its presence and its power
Followers of His can never lack.

And from Science and Health with Key
               to the Scriptures by
               Mary Baker Eddy:

"Immortal and divine Mind presents the idea of God:
      first,  in light; second, in reflection; third, in
         spiritual and immortal forms of beauty
                   and goodness."