Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thanks Be to God...

...for the truths one learns in Christian Science.  About 2 hours ago I found a little chipmunk on our driveway that one of our cats had apparently chased till lit was barely alive. The little creature was still breathing, so I picked it up, brought it in the house, put it in a blanket-filled basket cats like, put it on our porch so no one could get at it.  Then I worked with this thought from one of Mary Baker Eddy's hymns, this phrase, "Thou Love that guards the nestling's faltering flight."  I prayed to see this little thing surrounded by God's dear love, keeping him alive. 

Well, about 1/2 hour later, I checked on the chipmunk and it was up and running around on our porch, completely recovered!  I put it outside and it went on its happy way.

Isn't God wonderful though.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Honor For His Highest

                                                          (Matthew 17:5)

Adoring Jesus as I do

Can't help wanting for Him

What His Father wants --

Honor, obedience, love.

Do you want this

For Jesus, too?

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Another Reason Why I Blog

        Happened to read this morning something from the New Testament that lit up for me, and it's where Jesus prays to God, "And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was."  (John 17:5)

        It dawned on me that this is a purpose worth pursuing, to work to see that our Master gets the glory which He had very little of here.  And which He deserves forevermore.

        Of course, I blog to help readers know Jesus' Father and yours and mine as an everpresent  help in all kinds of trouble, to tell those who may be suffering needlessly that the teachings of my religion offer a way out of their troubles.

        But Jesus' words in John 17 words are something I'm going to think about a lot.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Putting God First

Not enough time in the day
To do 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 hurried,
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 something all can shoot for.
Even the willingness to pray,
May this day be lived the way,
You dear Father, know is best
Will begin adjusting circumstances
As only He can do.
There will then be enough time
For Him -- first don't forget --
And time enough for you.

Beauty Surrounds Us

        On a crisp autumn evening recently, we were leaving a scenic national park near sunset after a lovely day of sight-seeing.  As our car wound through the darkening mountains, I reflected on the brilliant, flaming foliage we had seen on every side now obscured by nightfall.

        "If someone drove through these mountains now, he would be completely unaware of the beauties surrounding him," I thought.  Then it occurred to me how often because of darkened, material views of creation we are unaware of the limitless, spiritual good at hand.

        Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (p. 304), "It is ignorance and false belief, based on a material sense of things which hide spiritual beauty and goodness." Through the study of Christian Science many are gaining spiritual enlightenment that not only dispels darkness and fear but reveals the abundance of joy, peace, and dominion that are man's by reflection.

        Man is the creation, the very expression, of God, Soul.  And this is the being you and I are. Thus, we fully reflect the divine attributes of loveliness, wholeness, and satisfaction.  In the realm of Soul, where man really dwells, there is no disease, dissention, or disunity.  All is continuously controlled by God's law of harmony and beauty.

        Christ Jesus looked upon each individual as a child of God.  He beheld each one in his true spiritual light and loveliness,  Despite the mortal pictures of sin, sickness, and disfigurement often presented to him, our Master was able to differentiate between the erroneous, mortal concept of man and the genuine child of God.

        Only his divinely derived ability to see the beautiful, unblemished image as real enabled Jesus to heal.  Where unenlightened, mortal eyes could see only distortion and ugliness, he beheld the spiritual perfection of the real man.  This Christly perception restored the sick and the repentant sinner to their original wholeness and beauty.  This same spiritual perception, or understanding, is today available to any humble seeker for Truth, as many students of Christian Science are proving.

        "Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law," prayed the Psalmist  (Psalms 119:18)  As we pray for increased spiritual discernment, desiring to see only God's perfect creation, we will find the heavenly light of spiritual understanding dispelling the darkness of material thinking.  Discord, disease, and unloveliness cannot long abide in the experience of one whose thought has been illumined by the light of such understanding.

        There are no human circumstances so hopelessly dark that the omnipotent glow of spiritual perception cannot penetrate.  Even as the first rays of morning sunlight reveal the loveliness of the material universe, so a glimpse of infinite Truth pierces inharmony, strife, and disorder, bringing clearly into focus the glorious handiwork of Soul, God.