Christian Science Monitor – Never without our compass

Ralph W. Emerson published an article on the Christian Science Monitor website today under A Christian Science Perspective. The article is titled Never without our compass and gives a perspective of Christ as our magnetic north: In life we so often find ourselves in need of guidance and direction. But above the waves of fear […]

Never Without Our CompassRalph W. Emerson published an article on the Christian Science Monitor website today under A Christian Science Perspective. The article is titled Never without our compass and gives a perspective of Christ as our magnetic north:

In life we so often find ourselves in need of guidance and direction. But above the waves of fear or pain or grief that we may face at one time or another, we can hear the Christ speaking – guiding, healing, and bringing us peace…

To view this full article on https://www.csmonitor.com, please click here.

 

Christian Science Journal – Does it matter what others think of us?

Susan Booth Mack Snipes wrote an article recently shared on the Christian Science Journal website titled, Does it matter what others think of us? The article begins: I’m continually surprised by how much I still struggle with this question. For the most part I’m not aware of being concerned about what others think of me, and […]

Does It Matter What Others Think Of Us?Susan Booth Mack Snipes wrote an article recently shared on the Christian Science Journal website titled, Does it matter what others think of us? The article begins:

I’m continually surprised by how much I still struggle with this question. For the most part I’m not aware of being concerned about what others think of me, and then, bang—something comes up that makes me question my goodness, adequacy, or ability, and I find that there’s still more egotism there than I realized. 

But I can tell I am making progress, because these days I find myself actually grateful for those wake-up moments, even though they’re uncomfortable. I see them as opportunities to keep surrendering to how God sees me, to rest secure in the steady approval that God has for all of Her children, to realize that this is what really matters most, and to experience the tangible benefits of this realization…

To view this full article on https://journal.christianscience.com for free, please click here. 

 

Christian Science Journal – Healing through coming to Christ

Sue A. Spotts wrote an article from August 1992 that was recently shared on the Christian Science Journal website titled, Healing through coming to Christ. The article focuses on our connection with Christ: Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to have met Christ Jesus or to have been able to go to […]

Healing Through Coming To ChristSue A. Spotts wrote an article from August 1992 that was recently shared on the Christian Science Journal website titled, Healing through coming to Christ. The article focuses on our connection with Christ:

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to have met Christ Jesus or to have been able to go to him for healing?

How would we approach this holiest of all men, the Son of God? Tentatively perhaps, not knowing quite what to expect—unsure of what might be required of us by the gospel he was proclaiming. Or we might see ourselves as coming to the Master with a bright sense of hope that not only would our bodies be restored but our thinking and our lives would also be touched by his healing prayer. Still others of us might imagine what unutterable humility we would feel in the presence of his spirituality, what a distance we would sense between our own meager expression of goodness and the sheer radiance of his light and love…

To view this full article on https://journal.christianscience.com for free, please click here. 

 

Boston Marathon 2013 – Moving beyond sadness

On the day the joy and happiness and unity and celebration of Boston Marathon 2013 was ambushed by bombs, my heart and my prayers went out to the people of my town of Boston and to all those visiting from afar for this wonderful gathering.

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On the day the joy and happiness and unity and celebration of Boston Marathon 2013 was ambushed by bombs, my heart and my prayers went out to the people of my town of Boston and to all those visiting from afar for this wonderful gathering.

It was a shocking and horrible scene.  I had to pray to find a semblance of peace for myself.  I felt good about my prayers and they gave me some sense of strength.

The next day I had to get up very early and travel into Boston to work, right near where the attack happened.  I awoke that morning only to have a great sense of sadness descend upon me.  When I was brushing my teeth, I felt like crying.  As my wife and I drove into the city the sadness became more palpable.  I felt as if I was feeling the sadness of the city, the sadness of joy turning into sorrow.

At the same time I felt that yesterday’s prayer was working in me, that deep down there was a peace.  The surface was sadness but in the depths of thought and feeling there was a peace.  It was an interesting place to be mentally and I didn’t fight it but rather just stepped back and observed my feelings a bit,  feeling I guess that the Spirit of God was going to win out without my forcing it.  The sadness gave me a deep sense of compassion that didn’t feel all bad.  I felt as though in this very meek state it was easier to feel God, to feel divine Love’s presence somehow.  I felt effortless prayer, full of love, and I mean a deep deep feeling of love going out to all, even to the perpetrators, feeling somehow that they had been used and needed comfort too.

It actually developed into a beautiful feeling, maybe just a hint of the compassion that Jesus often felt according to the scriptures.  It made my prayer stronger and yet I wasn’t trying to pray, wasn’t saying words or even trying to think spiritual thoughts in an organized way.  I was just listening and feeling what felt like divine Love working in me and through me to embrace everyone, to comfort those that mourn, including myself.   And oddly enough, when the sadness felt strongest so did the love I felt for everyone, the love I felt embraced by.  And I got clearer than I’ve ever been that I need to love so much more, in every instance — that we all do.  That is the only thing that will take away, utterly destroy the hatred, the anger, the frustration that would cause someone to do something like this.

This feeling of love and compassion and hope and comfort I’m sure was and is the Christ.  I understand the Christ to be the power of God — the godliness that works in us, the light that enlightens us.  In this experience I felt it stronger than usual.  Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered and wrote about the Science of Christ defined Christ this way in one instance,

“Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness.” (Science and Health 332:9-11)

I have to say, that is what I felt and still feel to some degree in regard to this trying time.  It is all very fresh and I’m still working my way through it but I feel there are spiritual forces at work for all of us that are stronger than the seeming forces of sadness and dread.

This Christ, our true divine nature, is not just working in me any more than it was just working in Jesus.  I know it is universal and is working in each one now and always to bring peace to our sadness, comfort to us that mourn,  binding up our broken hearts, and healing broken or damaged bodies.

I’m reminded of these two verses from a church hymn, referring to Christ the Savior.

He comes to bless thee on his wings of healing;

To banish pain, and wipe all tears away;

He comes anew, to humble hearts revealing

The mounting footsteps of the upward way.

 

He comes to give thee joy for desolation,

Beauty for ashes of the vanished years;

For every tear to bring full compensation,

To give thee confidence for all thy fears.

Out of the Fog

I read a true story about a man who was canoeing. He got into a fog and could not see where he was going. He was LOST. He didn’t know where to go. The thought came to stand up. What a stupid idea to do that in a canoe. Well, he gingerly stood up a…

I read a true story about a man who was canoeing. He got into a fog and could not see where he was going. He was LOST. He didn't know where to go. The thought came to stand up. What a stupid idea to do that in a canoe. Well, he gingerly stood up and he found out that the fog layer was now below him when he was standing up. He would look out over the fog, see where he needed to go, then sit down and paddle. After a while he would have to stand up and take stock of where he was and where he was going again.

I think this of describes our situation well. We really are the child of God. That's a fact. But, we get confused and think that we are puny humans. We believe what we see and see what we believe. In that state of mind we are in a dream state, which says we are separate, vulnerable, hurt. But that's the fog. Remember, in Genesis 2, a mist came up and obscured the earth. Then all sorts of problems started. As the image and likeness of God-good we are not lost, separate, vulnerable, hurt, grieving. To get out of the dream you can feel

1. I am the spiritual child of God. That's who I really am.
2. I am not a hurt dove. Evil is not a person, place or thing. It is not any of them. It seems so real, it hurts until you can see through what it is presenting.
3. I am standing up in my canoe, getting from God and Christian Science what the landmarks of Spirit are. And, I am heading, towards Truth, which is God-good. Then, I'll relax, stand up and get my bearings again.
4. I will find peace and healing.

Out of the Fog

I read a true story about a man who was canoeing. He got into a fog and could not see where he was going. He was LOST. He didn’t know where to go. The thought came to stand up. What a stupid idea to do that in a canoe. Well, he gingerly stood up a…

I read a true story about a man who was canoeing. He got into a fog and could not see where he was going. He was LOST. He didn't know where to go. The thought came to stand up. What a stupid idea to do that in a canoe. Well, he gingerly stood up and he found out that the fog layer was now below him when he was standing up. He would look out over the fog, see where he needed to go, then sit down and paddle. After a while he would have to stand up and take stock of where he was and where he was going again.

I think this of describes our situation well. We really are the child of God. That's a fact. But, we get confused and think that we are puny humans. We believe what we see and see what we believe. In that state of mind we are in a dream state, which says we are separate, vulnerable, hurt. But that's the fog. Remember, in Genesis 2, a mist came up and obscured the earth. Then all sorts of problems started. As the image and likeness of God-good we are not lost, separate, vulnerable, hurt, grieving. To get out of the dream you can feel

1. I am the spiritual child of God. That's who I really am.
2. I am not a hurt dove. Evil is not a person, place or thing. It is not any of them. It seems so real, it hurts until you can see through what it is presenting.
3. I am standing up in my canoe, getting from God and Christian Science what the landmarks of Spirit are. And, I am heading, towards Truth, which is God-good. Then, I'll relax, stand up and get my bearings again.
4. I will find peace and healing.

Out of the Fog

I read a true story about a man who was canoeing. He got into a fog and could not see where he was going. He was LOST. He didn’t know where to go. The thought came to stand up. What a stupid idea to do that in a canoe. Well, he gingerly stood up a…

I read a true story about a man who was canoeing. He got into a fog and could not see where he was going. He was LOST. He didn't know where to go. The thought came to stand up. What a stupid idea to do that in a canoe. Well, he gingerly stood up and he found out that the fog layer was now below him when he was standing up. He would look out over the fog, see where he needed to go, then sit down and paddle. After a while he would have to stand up and take stock of where he was and where he was going again.

I think this of describes our situation well. We really are the child of God. That's a fact. But, we get confused and think that we are puny humans. We believe what we see and see what we believe. In that state of mind we are in a dream state, which says we are separate, vulnerable, hurt. But that's the fog. Remember, in Genesis 2, a mist came up and obscured the earth. Then all sorts of problems started. As the image and likeness of God-good we are not lost, separate, vulnerable, hurt, grieving. To get out of the dream you can feel

1. I am the spiritual child of God. That's who I really am.
2. I am not a hurt dove. Evil is not a person, place or thing. It is not any of them. It seems so real, it hurts until you can see through what it is presenting.
3. I am standing up in my canoe, getting from God and Christian Science what the landmarks of Spirit are. And, I am heading, towards Truth, which is God-good. Then, I'll relax, stand up and get my bearings again.
4. I will find peace and healing.

You Measure Up

God whispered these messages

1. Everything can change – it’s all thought. (Explanation – Truly nothing exists without the thought behind it.)
2. Consider the source! (If it’s not from Me, you don’t have to tangle with it.)
3. You are not attached to…

God whispered these messages

1. Everything can change - it's all thought. (Explanation - Truly nothing exists without the thought behind it.)
2. Consider the source! (If it's not from Me, you don't have to tangle with it.)
3. You are not attached to struggle and struggle is not attached to you.
4. You measure up!

In God's eyes, you measure up. To God, you are not lacking in any way. You are not lacking in ability, confidence, clarity or anything else.

If a thought is not from the Creator, Spirit, Mind, then it lacks intelligence, substance - there is no animating Principle to it. So, no matter what it is, you can see through it. As the Bible said, anything not made ... was not made. So, with confidence, you can feel the clarity and confidence of Christ.

You Measure Up

God whispered these messages

1. Everything can change – it’s all thought. (Explanation – Truly nothing exists without the thought behind it.)
2. Consider the source! (If it’s not from Me, you don’t have to tangle with it.)
3. You are not attached to…

God whispered these messages

1. Everything can change - it's all thought. (Explanation - Truly nothing exists without the thought behind it.)
2. Consider the source! (If it's not from Me, you don't have to tangle with it.)
3. You are not attached to struggle and struggle is not attached to you.
4. You measure up!

In God's eyes, you measure up. To God, you are not lacking in any way. You are not lacking in ability, confidence, clarity or anything else.

If a thought is not from the Creator, Spirit, Mind, then it lacks intelligence, substance - there is no animating Principle to it. So, no matter what it is, you can see through it. As the Bible said, anything not made ... was not made. So, with confidence, you can feel the clarity and confidence of Christ.

You Measure Up

God whispered these messages

1. Everything can change – it’s all thought. (Explanation – Truly nothing exists without the thought behind it.)
2. Consider the source! (If it’s not from Me, you don’t have to tangle with it.)
3. You are not attached to…

God whispered these messages

1. Everything can change - it's all thought. (Explanation - Truly nothing exists without the thought behind it.)
2. Consider the source! (If it's not from Me, you don't have to tangle with it.)
3. You are not attached to struggle and struggle is not attached to you.
4. You measure up!

In God's eyes, you measure up. To God, you are not lacking in any way. You are not lacking in ability, confidence, clarity or anything else.

If a thought is not from the Creator, Spirit, Mind, then it lacks intelligence, substance - there is no animating Principle to it. So, no matter what it is, you can see through it. As the Bible said, anything not made ... was not made. So, with confidence, you can feel the clarity and confidence of Christ.