Compassion

Last week’s blog on “Love” led me again to focus on “compassion” and the words and works of Christ Jesus. The Gospels repeatedly indicate that Jesus “moved with compassion toward them” – towards those he fed, preached to, taught, restored and healed. This is holy work. All mankind can join and move in this work. […]

Psalm 145:9

Brian Boettiger
Brian Boettiger, CEO of Wide Horizon

Last week’s blog on “Love” led me again to focus on “compassion” and the words and works of Christ Jesus. The Gospels repeatedly indicate that Jesus “moved with compassion toward them” – towards those he fed, preached to, taught, restored and healed. This is holy work. All mankind can join and move in this work. Moving toward other human beings with compassion is true Christianity.

A poem by Louisa Mary Coade from the Christian Science Sentinel (March 28, 1936) captures an essential aspect of this compassion which blesses human activity and interaction.

True Compassion
By Louisa Mary Coade

Wrap around thy brother the mantle of compassion;
See him pure and holy as thou thyself wouldst be;
By the Golden Rule of love the Master taught us, fashion
All thy thought and speech and acts until thou set him free.

The Gospels clearly show Jesus Christ loved God and his fellow man. His love, his compassion was greater than any hatred, any iniquity. This love healed. And, clearly centuries after Jesus walked on earth, I believe the world continues to hunger and thirst for such compassion and love for all mankind. True compassion and love are so vital to healing of sin and sickness, to being truly affectionate and empathetic one to another.

Mary Baker Eddy, the discover of Christian Science, wrote, “Let us open our affections to the Principle that moves all in harmony—from the falling of a sparrow to the rolling of a world” (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 174).

When I think of our beloved country and beautiful planet, I have mentally struggled at times to feel love and peace will prevail. Yet I know the desire for and practice of love does make a difference. So, in my small role as I strive to lead the organization of Wide Horizon with active compassion, I do witness how individual and collective prayer and compassion supports the work of Christian Science nursing. I see Wide Horizon as a spiritual house and workplace – one acknowledges and expresses compassion and understanding, harmony and health, renewal and restoration, well-being and wholeness, and so on. Thus, dear readers of Wide Horizon’s field and community, our good works here can be fully appreciated and valued by each of us as we truly value and support the activity of Christian Science nursing. In fact, the more each of us moves with true compassion towards all mankind, dispelling darkness in the light of Christ, the more I am convinced love and peace will prevail.

D. Brian Boettiger

An Idea from the Christian Science Bible Lesson

. . . God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.
Holy Bible
New Living Translation
1st John 4:16 God is

. . . God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.

Holy Bible
New Living Translation
1st John 4:16 God is

How do I know God loves me? Inspiring new article from local surfer, Tressie Armstrong, published in the Christian Science Sentinel

How do I know God loves me? When we see good things happening; feel a deep sense of peace, inspiration, or healing; or recognize beauty in a moment of nature, it’s all evidence of God loving us. By Tressie Armstrong I was feeling a lot of gratitude one day about good things going on in […]

How do I know God loves me?

When we see good things happening; feel a deep sense of peace, inspiration, or healing; or recognize beauty in a moment of nature, it’s all evidence of God loving us.

I was feeling a lot of gratitude one day about good things going on in my life and was sharing it with a wonderful person who has spent much time mentoring me in my spiritual growth. With his help, I’ve learned more about God’s ever-present love for us. His response to my story was, “That’s just God loving you!”

I love that. When we see good things happening; feel a deep sense of peace, inspiration, or healing; or recognize beauty in a moment of nature, it’s all evidence of God loving us.

How do we know God is real? We just need to look for the manifestations, the evidence, of His all-encompassing love. If we are looking to find God as an anthropomorphic being, a big man in the clouds, for example, then we are limiting God’s ability to be what the Bible says God is: omnipotent, all, everlasting, perfect, Love, Spirit.

If God is all and is Spirit, He must be everywhere at all times. And the good news is that our Father-Mother God actually is. How do we know this, especially at times that seem bleak? God is evident in all of His beautiful creation and in His tender love and guidance at hand. We may need to look deeply at times to see evidence of God, but He is always there and is not the source of any evil. In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, referring to God, defines creator in part as “the animating divine Principle of all that is real and good; . . . God, who made all that was made and could not create an atom or an element the opposite of Himself” (p. 583).

We can become aware of the evidence that God is, even when God’s ever-presence seems hidden. One time, when I was feeling a bit out of sorts, I decided I would go for a surf session. Once in the ocean, I just sat still for a bit and mentally embraced all of the beauty surrounding me. The sun was shining; the sky was crystal blue; the ocean was calm; a pod of dolphins swam peacefully past me.

There was no way I could deny God’s presence in that moment. I felt washed clean and fully embraced by the very present and tangible God, good. It was clear to me that what all of that beauty represented was an expression of God loving me. All I needed to do was look for the evidence—the love, grace, and peace—of divine Love’s presence.

We can become aware of the evidence that God is, even when God’s ever-presence seems hidden.

Oftentimes, God’s love is heard and made evident in quiet messages that come to thought. The Bible states in the book of Isaiah, “Thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left” (30:21). The best way to resolve a problem or decide a direction to take is to listen and respond to the angel messages from God that guide us, often coming to us as quiet spiritual intuitions.

When I was expecting my first child, I drove to visit my sister. When it was time to return home, I had very distinct intuitions that I should travel a different freeway than the route I would normally have taken. The alternate route was a little longer, but the intuition was so strong that I decided to take it.

About halfway home, the car broke down, right at the offramp where it was safest and easiest to get assistance. I was able to walk to a very nearby gas station, where there was an attendant who kindly walked back to the car with me and helped get it running again. I made it home without further incident. That was God loving me, guiding me clearly.

In “the scientific statement of being,” Mrs. Eddy includes this affirmation: “All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all” (Science and Health, p. 468). To be made manifest is to be visible, recognizable! God is made manifest in His perfect, dear creations. As it says in Genesis in the Bible, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them,” and “God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good” (1:27, 31). That includes you and me.

No one was a more pure and spiritual proof of God than Christ Jesus. In the book of John, Jesus declared that he was evidence of God, the Father. When people asked him if he was the Christ, he responded: “The works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.  . . . though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him” (10:25, 38).

He also said that his followers could do these works, too: “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also” (John 14:12). As spiritual children of God, we are each the evidence, the proof, that God is. God’s great goodness shines through our lives in transformation and healing.

When we’re faced with challenging situations of any sort—regarding finances, relationships, health, or anything else—we can open thought to see evidence of God loving us in ways big and small. In fact, in the last chapter of Science and Health, “Fruitage,” and in the Christian Science periodicals—the Sentinel, The Christian Science Journal, and The Herald of Christian Science—there are numerous examples of God’s love being made manifest in people’s lives.

All creation is made to prove the supremacy and allness of divine Life, Truth, and Love—synonyms for God. So, the next time you see or feel a particularly good thing happening, for you or for others, you can joyfully know, “That’s just God loving me!”

JANUARY 11, 2021 ISSUE

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Apply by February 1st for Summer Internships at The Mother Church!

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Summer Internship program at The Mother Church. Internships run for 11 weeks, from June 1 to August 13, and will take place online. Internships are available in: project management and event planning, media, business and marketing, editorial and publishing, communications and outreach, and library science. You can find […]

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Summer Internship program at The Mother Church. Internships run for 11 weeks, from June 1 to August 13, and will take place online. Blue Graphic W Deadline

Internships are available in: project management and event planning, media, business and marketing, editorial and publishing, communications and outreach, and library science. You can find internship descriptions here:

This is a wonderful opportunity to bring your fresh ideas and unique skills to the Christian Science movement while you gain valuable hands-on professional experience! You can find complete program info here.

The application deadline is February 1st. Applicants must be fluent in English, have access to stable and fast internet, and be committed to working normal business hours, based on Boston’s time zone. You can apply online here.

Special ABF bonus: Interns who are Mother Church members and are returning to school after the internship program will be eligible to receive an education grant award.

For cover letter, resume, interview tips, and inspiration, check out “Tips and Tools” on the ABF Career Alliance website

God Governs the Nations 2021-01-20 (Wed.)

“Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; … Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.”
I Chronicles 16
“One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations;”
Science &h…

“Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; … Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.”
I Chronicles 16

“One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations;”
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A spiritual response to political division and upheaval with Mark Sappenfield

How can we address gaping political divides and the resulting turmoil? The Editor of The Christian Science Monitor offers a starting point for prayer in this short podcast. If we look out at the world of politics represented by recent events in the United States, what do we see? We see division: disputed elections, angry […]

How can we address gaping political divides and the resulting turmoil? The Editor of The Christian Science Monitor offers a starting point for prayer in this short podcast.

If we look out at the world of politics represented by recent events in the United States, what do we see? We see division: disputed elections, angry voters storming Congress, and violence. Admittedly, division is a tough thing to address. You can’t legislate against it. You can’t declare war on it. You can’t outlaw it. So how do we get out of this spiral that we’re in?

While there’s no policy we can pass, no political platform that can do anything—and it seems like things are just getting worse—there is still hope. Because the lack of solution should actually awaken us to what we really need to be focusing on.

If we’re putting our faith in material processes such as policies and legislation, we’re going to be disappointed. The answer is really in our hearts—is purely spiritual. So, how can we see division through a spiritual lens?

Sometimes I like to do a little exercise in which I assign God a number—like in a math problem. And you can’t think about that very long without realizing that the number you have to ascribe to God is one. There’s no other number you can give God. You can’t have two gods. If you have two gods, then you have none. There’s only one God, which means there’s only one creation—and that creation is spiritual, harmonious, and whole, the reflection of that God, the creation of that God.

Jesus said, “If a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand” (Mark 3:24). And if you look at material thinking, there are twos everywhere. Twoness seems to be the basic building block of mortal-mind-based thinking. So much of what we see sets itself up as binary, as one or the other: man or woman, Black or white, Republican or Democrat, capitalism or socialism. You could go on and on. And what does this do? It tempts us to choose a side. It tempts us into believing that things are divided, that good is divided, and that it’s up to us as human beings to try and unite it.

We overcome the temptation of mortal twoness through the peace of divine oneness.

Think about it in terms of the Bible: What was the first two in the Bible? It was the tree of good and evil, the tree of knowledge in the Adam and Eve story in the book of Genesis. In that story, Adam and Eve were tempted to believe they needed two—both good and evil. The serpent said one wasn’t good enough. But isn’t that the core mistake of mortal thinking?

The very first act of biological life is the division of the cell. Division is baked into matter. If we never rise above matter-based thinking, then we can never rise above division. Division and mortal thinking spring from the same root.

Spiritual thinking is the perfect cure because it knows only one God, the oneness of grace, humble faith and moral confidence that Jesus taught. It frees us to live as witnesses to one God, good, as Isaiah said (see Isaiah 43:10).

At the last supper, Jesus said: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). This peace is deeper than what mortal thinking can possibly know, and it protected and exalted Jesus amid the cruelest tribulation. It can do the same for us. We overcome the temptation of mortal twoness through the peace of divine oneness, which can only be known spiritually.

So when we see scenes like the recent events in Washington, it can be easy to think that our thoughts and prayers don’t matter. That we need to turn to material means to fight for what we think is right or tune out to avoid feeling depressed or scared. But the past few years have shown the exact opposite to be true. In fact, it becomes clearer and clearer by the day that there is no mortal solution to division.

But that also means the solution is in each of us as children of God—in seeing ourselves and all others in this singularly spiritual light and in holding fast to the oneness, the allness, the onlyness of God, good.

To read a transcript of this Sentinel Watch, go to cssentinel.com/a-spiritual-response-to-political-division

You are invited to join us for our Sunday church service on zoom every Sunday at 10 am. To join please email us at christiansciencenote@gmail.com and we can send a link to our meeting. We meet for an hour and then have an open discussion about the week’s Bible lesson and/or testimonies of healing and comments and questions about Christian Science.

The Encinitas Reading Room is currently open by appointment only.

Phone (760) 753 4545

912 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

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5 things you need to know about the BA in January

  By Janiva Toler         1. Christian Science Nurses training   The Christian Science Nurses Training School began a CSNA I class on January 6th. Our second CSNA I class starts in August. Here is a link to our full schedule of classes.   2. Paradigm Properties   The BA is pleased to […]

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By Janiva Toler

 

 
 
 

1. Christian Science Nurses training

 
The Christian Science Nurses Training School began a CSNA I class on January 6th. Our second CSNA I class starts in August. Here is a link to our full schedule of classes.
 

2. Paradigm Properties

 
The BA is pleased to welcome Paradigm Properties as the new management company for our Facilities Department. We look forward to working with them! 
 

3. Vegan menu

 
A shout out to Chef Mark for his expanded menu of vegan dishes. We’ve always had vegetarian options at each meal. Now many of our vegetarian selections are vegan. The favorite from last week was spinach and cheese enchiladas with cilantro-lime rice and refried beans, and of course salsa and guac. 
 

4. Mild winter

 
No snow has been good news! We’ve had a couple of significant snowfalls this winter, but intermittent warm weather has melted it all. We love the beautiful snow, but it is great to be able to be out of doors on campus during the middle of winter.
 

5. Power of Attorney

 
Everyone should have a Power of Attorney for Health Care (Health Care Proxy). To get you started, check out this information on our website including a sample document with language suited for those choosing Christian Science nursing as an option. Also, Leslie Connery (with title) mentioned in a recent webinar on Medicare that you could email legalinfo@csps.com and request to talk to someone about language appropriate for Christian Scientists in an advance directive such as a Health Care Proxy. 

What I’m reading this month:  Peter Henniker-Heaton Man of Joy by Kim M.  Schuette 

 

What I’m listening to:  Let There Be Peace On Earth | Rise Up Junior Choir 

 

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Life 2021-01-17 (Sunday)

“He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD.”
Psalms 40
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“He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD.”
Psalms 40

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Love

Today (January 18) in the United States of America is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. During these challenging, sometime turbulent yet transformative times, the quality I’ve thought most about is love. I’ve worked on the Wide Horizon campus and from home to support the daily loving, good works of Christian Science nurses and supportive staff […]

Love Sign

Brian Boettiger
Brian Boettiger, CEO of Wide Horizon

Today (January 18) in the United States of America is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

During these challenging, sometime turbulent yet transformative times, the quality I’ve thought most about is love. I’ve worked on the Wide Horizon campus and from home to support the daily loving, good works of Christian Science nurses and supportive staff who care for our residents.

In this light, I’m thankful for Reverend King’s example of Christian faith and practice. I appreciate his many good works and words. Among Dr. King’s many profound statements, he said this of love:

“Love has within it a redemptive power. There is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love, they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says…’love your enemies.’” (A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.)

We need, therefore, to love our enemies to be a true follower of Jesus Christ, who desired all people to “…love your neighbor as yourself.” (Gospel of Matthew 19:19) To truly do this, to see healing, it seems to me that we need to know God loves all His creation, all His children. And, we need to wholeheartedly love God. We need to love ourselves and others as God’s spiritual man – the image and likeness of Spirit, God, as stated in the first chapter of Genesis. Scripture also states, “God is love.” (I John 4:8)

I’m also grateful for Mary Baker Eddy, who was a Reverend and the Pastor Emeritus of The First Church of Christ, Scientist. Her thought-provoking writings have helped me understand more about divine Love. She wrote, “…Love is reflected in love.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 17) This Love is unconditional and powerful. This Love can and does heal. This Love transforms and restores.

When working in a Christian Science nursing environment, we strive to maintain an atmosphere of “Love reflected in love.” We do this partly by living the Principle and practice of our faith, as given by Mrs. Eddy: “The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 113)

In an article from The Christian Science Monitor, Ken Makin wrote, “In his time, Dr. King’s words weren’t always popular, but they were prophetic.” (“The Forgotten King: Commentary on protest, race, and MLK” June 5, 2020) One could say the same of Mrs. Eddy’s words and writings. She and Dr. King, respectively, both turned the other cheek many times and loved their enemies. They knew the transformative power of love and healing power of forgiveness.

Reverend King stated, “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” And he said, “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” (Speech accepting Nobel Peace Prize, Dec. 10, 1964) In this light of unconditional love, I figuratively strive to walk with Christ Jesus, and with Rev. King, who also stated, “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” (Where Do We Go from Here, 1967)

So, friends and readers, who are beloved of God, “… let us love one another: for love is of God.” (I John 4:7)

D. Brian Boettiger