Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Christ in our lives

 I recently ran across the following words from Martin Luther's hymn, "A Mighty Fortress is our God":

"Did we in or own strength confide
Our striving would be losing,
Were not the right Man at our side,
The man of God's own choosing;
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is He"

And as a friend in Scotland says often,

With Christ we shall prevail;
Without Christ we're bound to fail

The religion I study and practice endorses all this and more. Through Christian Science which was established by Mary Baker Eddy to reinstate the words and works of Christ Jesus, we not only are taught to revere and follow Jesus; as He did with healing through God's power alone, we are inspired to do likewise.  And the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" gives us the tools with which to do this.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

God with us

        A friend sent me a bookmark that has a very comforting statement, and it's something we can hold in thought as we go about this day, and every day.



                                        with you



                                         you do."

                                     (Genesis 21:22)

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

"Christ My Refuge"

(This poem was written by Mary Baker Eddy, the author of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures"

O'er waiting heartstrings of the mind
     There sweeps a strain,
Low, sad, and sweet, whose measure bind
     The power of pain,

And wake a white-winged angel throng
     Of thoughts,  llumed
By faith, and breathed in raptured song
     With love perfumed.

Then His unveiled, sweet mercies show
     Life's burdens light,
I kiss the cross, and wake to know
     A world more bright.

And o'er earth's troubled, angry sea
     I see Christ walk,
And come to see, and tenderly
     Divinely talk.

Thus Truth engrounds me on the rock,
     Upon Life's shore,
'Gainst which the winds and waves can shock,
     Oh, nevermore!

From tired joy and grief afar,
     And nearer Thee, --
Father, where Thine own children are,
     I love to be.

My prayer, some daily good to do
     To Thine, for Thee;
And offering pure of Love, whereto
    God leadeth me.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

You are God's noblest work

        To the person who finds himself wondering, "What is the purpose of my life", Christian Science replies, God's noblest work, man, has a noble reason for existing.

        Walking across a college campus one day, I happened to glance up at a stately building and saw these words from the Bible carved on the side:  "What is man, that thou art mindful of him?"  "What indeed!"  I couldn't help thinking of Mary Baker Eddy, whose discoveries about God and man make it possible for anyone to gain a life-transforming understanding of the unlimited, forever developing spiritual identity he in reality is.

        Christian Science explains that man, whom Spirit, God, made in His image, is the nonphysical, eternal expression of God's nature. Therefore, spiritual man is Godlike--in full possession of every quality essential to joy, dominion, freedom, purpose, achievement.  These qualities are not gifts occasionally bestowed upon certain individuals by a heavenly Father who loves some more than others. They are the reflection of God, impartial divine Love, and so the birthright of all His offspring.

        The Bible tells us, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God."  As God's own child, HIs spiritual, perfect reflection, you and I simply must be useful, for man expresses the endless activity of God. The belief that are are not or cannot be useful is aggressive, erroneous suggestion and therefore can be scientifically overcome with the truth of being.  Jesus was alway "about [his] Father's business."  And so must we be--without frustration, fear, or limitation.

        Neither employer, family, nor anyone else for that matter, can give us real purpose.  God alone does this.  Consequently, the changes that go on in the human scene cannot take away our individual worth or reason for being  The passage of time, for example, can never make us obsolete to God.  All there really is to what we call time is what God, divine Mind, measures as upholding good.  Being God-given and infinite, good has no beginning or end  Therefore our usefulness is as eternal as the good we know and do.

        How does a person go about realizing his true purpose and usefulness?  Through spiritually mental means, through prayerful utilization of the truths Christ Jesus taught and employed so successfully.  When we find ourselves longing to express ourselves more fully, but every step we take dead-ends and there is nothing good on our horizon, we always have recourse to the truth of being. Jesus' revolutionary teaching on the whereabouts of all good can lift our thought to see the infinite possibilities ever at hand. He explained, "The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:  neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there!  For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you."

        Opportunity is within.  It is not contingent upon human contacts or favorable circumstances, but on what we understand and bring out of that inner kingdom and of our spiritual relationship to God.  Thus you and I ultimately determine our own advancing usefulness--and not people and circumstances, as is often believed.  And we do this through communion with God, through what we realize and utilize of spiritual truths.

        For example, realizing that man is God's noblest handiwork, we should increasingly free ourselves from the mesmerism of self-depreciation, which often poses as a virtue, as an aspect of humility.  This self-restricting, limited thinking would circumscribe the good we can do for mankind by impeding our individual expression of God's infinite capabilities.  Mrs Eddy point out in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "One must fulfill one's mission without timidity or dissimulation, for to be well done, the work just be done unselfishly."

        Divine Science inspires us to stand up for the real man, for the man we actually are, and to declare unlimited ability for this man  of God's creating.  In reality we exist as Mind's representatives.  Consequently, each one of us is entitled to feel needed, to live confidently, to see his talents freed  for creative function.

        The Bible declares, "I have covered thee in the shadow of my hand."  It's comforting to realize that God protects us and our purpose.  As we grow in the consciousness of unity with our Maker as His indispensable man, each of us is assured our secure place and progressive activity.  Understanding our individual place in His creation, we cannot be forgotten, lost in the crowd, swallowed up in a morass of policies, practices, and programs.  Understanding our divine purpose to express God's nature, we find our careers are governed by God, directed and sustained by His unchanging, divine law.

        As God's nobles work, we all have our God-appointed place and purpose.  No one else can fill that place, nor can we carry out another's mission.  Mrs. Eddy writes, "Each individual must fill his own niche in time and eternity." You and I have a divine right to purposeful, fulfilling activity--now and forever.