Saturday, August 31, 2019

Storms and God's Help

Several of our friends in Florida have been praying about the predicted hurricane and I know some of us here in Tennessee are doing the same.

For centuries, people who were afraid have turned to the Bible for God's help.  And it is God who gives the solid help we need when storms threaten. These spiritually powerful words from Paul is so comforting:  "I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:38, 39)

The media gives much attention to weather disturbances that can create great fear and worry in people.  The physical senses tell us that we're subject to the natural elements around us, and that despite the precautions we may take, we are still potential victims of damaging weather conditions.  This may seem to be the case--and we can't be blasé about potentially destructive storms.  Still, there is no more reliable hep than God.  There is actually no other power.

I have learned through my study of Christian Science the truth that we neither we nor our dwellings are helpless victims of violence from the weather. As the man of God's creating, each of us governed
by God, the divine Mind, the only real source of power and activity. When we realize this fact with the conviction that comes of spiritual understanding, we and those we know can come through stormy conditions without fear or harm.

Mary Baker Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures", "The history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed on man by His heavenly Father, omnipotent Mind, who gives man faith and understanding whereby to defend himself, not only from temptation, but from bodily suffering." (p. 387)

Whatever weather threatens one's well-being, it can be met through an understanding of man's oneness with God.  A spiritual understanding of this is extremely practical, as I  have found more than once through dire weather forecasts.  The spiritual truths brought out in the Holy Bible as well as the teachings of Christian Science can enable anyone to pass through storms with calmness and confidence that they're safe in God's love and care.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

A Healing in Christian Science

From time to time I will post a healing from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures that can in inspire a reader who is unacquainted with its teachings about God's divine laws to investigate for himself or herself.  Many people through the years have done this, and found to their great joy wonderful healing for themselves and others.

On page 382 Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered and founded this religion and wrote this book writes:   "One whom I rescued from seeming spiritual oblivion in which the senses had engulfed him, wrote to me: 'I should have died, but for the glorious Principle you teach, -- supporting the power of Mind over the body and showing me the nothingness of the so-called pleasures and pains of sense. The treatises I had read and the medicines I had taken only abandoned me to more hopeless suffering and despair.  Adherence to hygiene was useless.  Mortal mind needed to be set right.  The ailment was not bodily, but mental, and I was cured when I learned my way in Christian Science.'"

     (As Christ Jesus said:  "Ye shall now the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

To Be Like a Child

The scene from my office window that day might be seen every day someplace in the world --a puppy jumping all over a delighted little boy.  So heartwarming was this encounter, it left a vivid impression on me. The sheer joy of living, the warmth and affection the child was radiating,reached right across the street to me.

Life's responsibilities were resting heavily on me at that time, and this tender exchange lifted me right up mentally.  And spiritually.

And it made me think of something Christ Jesus said to his disciples one day. They had come to him with the question of who should be greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  Our Master called a little child to him and declared, "Verily, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."  (Matthew 18:3)

Since Jesus recommended childlikeness to us, and felt it to be of critical importance, we know it is a God-given requirement and it's for our own good. Such qualities as innocence, teachableness, trustfulness, and receptivity to good can be expressed by every of of us.

I have learned in my study and practice of Christian Science that man is, that we are, the reflection of God and that we have therefore all we need to be obedient to what He demands of us. We only need to recognize what our heavenly Father has already bestowed on us when He made us in His image. and put these qualities into daily living. You and I can be like a child and feel the freedom and joy that comes with this state of thought.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Jesus' Words on Fear

"Fear not," "Be not afraid,"
our Lord and Master taught.
Christ's divine Science helps us
do what Jesus said we ought.
For we are God's and have His Mind,
our thoughts from Him reflected.
Claiming and understanding this, we are
from harm and fear protected.
There is no fear in God
nor in His image, you and me.
Accepting this gospel truth,
we cannot help but see
truth do what Jesus said it would:

     Expose fear's reality,
         Strike off mental chains,
            Make us safe and oh so free!

Christ-informed, spiritually-enlightened,
we can have now rightful demonstration
of the fearlessness that belongs to all
as divine Mind's own manifestation.
For man is Mind-created and encompassed
       --held intact and dear--
and there is nothing in God's infinitude
for Mind's idea, man, to fear.