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.

Boston Marathon 2013 – Is God absent?

This is a very tough question because our fleshly reality, our material sense of things would say, yes definitely — and furthermore, evil is very present and active.  One man more than anyone else walked this earth and lived among the evils of this world and yet proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that evil does not have the power or presence it appears to have. That man of course was Christ Jesus. Think with me for a minute about what he demonstrated to prove that God is not absent and His power of good prevails in the midst of seeming evil.  Jesus healed incurable fleshly ills and diseases, stilled powerful destructive storms, fed multitudes of people when it appeared there was no place to get enough food for everyone. He brought complete peace and healing to people who were possessed with devils.  And he raised the dying and dead to life, including himself. What was the point of all this?  I’ve asked myself that many times.  Mary Baker Eddy, a world renown religious leader and radical Christian thinker who’s works I study, help me to see that he was showing us the love of God present with us, right where it appears evil is present and powerful.  It has occurred to me that he was showing us a reality – or the reality – a power, a presence always at hand, always available, no matter what the situation evil would try to throw our way.  He proved evil powerless, when God’s almighty, everpresent power was understandingly appealed to or known. Jesus viewed things through his innate God given, Christly spiritual sense and told us we could do the same, through our own innate spiritual or Christly sense.  He was the Wayshower, showing us the way to think and pray.  He showed us that there is hope and peace and good and healing right where evil appears to have power and presence. What happened today at the Boston Marathon will not make me lose hope in God who is Love as the Bible refers to Him/Her.  I am holding even stronger to the reality through prayer that God is here and now to bring healing (physical cure) to anyone injured, hope to those who feel hopeless, living waters of blessing to those who need refreshment from the evil ways that seem apparent in this world, peace to those who might feel hate or anger, and transformation to those who would be used to do evil acts.  I pray to know that a God who is everlasting Life, manifests, maintains the eternal life of His creation, and is providing the balm of comfort, peace and strength to those hearts who have lost loved ones. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For 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 8:35, 37-39)

This is a very tough question because our fleshly reality, our material sense of things would say, yes definitely — and furthermore, evil is very present and active.  One man more than anyone else walked this earth and lived among the evils of this world and yet proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that evil does not have the power or presence it appears to have. That man of course was Christ Jesus.

Think with me for a minute about what he demonstrated to prove that God is not absent and His power of good prevails in the midst of seeming evil.  Jesus healed incurable fleshly ills and diseases, stilled powerful destructive storms, fed multitudes of people when it appeared there was no place to get enough food for everyone. He brought complete peace and healing to people who were possessed with devils.  And he raised the dying and dead to life, including himself.

What was the point of all this?  I’ve asked myself that many times.  Mary Baker Eddy, a world renown religious leader and radical Christian thinker who’s works I study, help me to see that he was showing us the love of God present with us, right where it appears evil is present and powerful.  It has occurred to me that he was showing us a reality – or the reality – a power, a presence always at hand, always available, no matter what the situation evil would try to throw our way.  He proved evil powerless, when God’s almighty, everpresent power was understandingly appealed to or known.

Jesus viewed things through his innate God given, Christly spiritual sense and told us we could do the same, through our own innate spiritual or Christly sense.  He was the Wayshower, showing us the way to think and pray.  He showed us that there is hope and peace and good and healing right where evil appears to have power and presence.

What happened today at the Boston Marathon will not make me lose hope in God who is Love as the Bible refers to Him/Her.  I am holding even stronger to the reality through prayer that God is here and now to bring healing (physical cure) to anyone injured, hope to those who feel hopeless, living waters of blessing to those who need refreshment from the evil ways that seem apparent in this world, peace to those who might feel hate or anger, and transformation to those who would be used to do evil acts.  I pray to know that a God who is everlasting Life, manifests, maintains the eternal life of His creation, and is providing the balm of comfort, peace and strength to those hearts who have lost loved ones.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For 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 8:35, 37-39)

Boston Marathon 2013 – Is God absent?

This is a very tough question because our fleshly reality, our material sense of things would say, yes definitely — and furthermore, evil is very present and active.  There was one man who walked this earth and lived among the evils of this world and yet proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that evil does not have the power or presence it appears to have. The man I’m talking about was Christ Jesus. Think with me for a minute about what he demonstrated to prove that God is not absent and His power of good prevails in the midst of seeming evil.  Jesus healed incurable fleshly ills and diseases, stilled powerful destructive storms, fed multitudes of people when it appeared there was no place to get enough food for everyone. He brought complete peace and healing to people who were possessed with devils.  And he raised the dying and dead to life, including himself. What was the point of all this?  I’ve asked myself that many times.  Mary Baker Eddy, a world renowned religious leader and radical Christian thinker whose works I study, help me to see that he was showing us the love of God present with us, right where it appears evil is present and powerful.  It has occurred to me that he was showing us a reality – or the reality – a power, a presence always at hand, always available, no matter what situation evil would try to throw our way.  He proved evil powerless, when God’s almighty, everpresent power was understandingly appealed to or known. Jesus viewed things through his innate God given, Christly spiritual sense and told us we could do the same, through our own innate spiritual or Christly sense.  He was the Wayshower, showing us the way to think and pray.  He showed us that there is hope and peace and good and healing right where evil appears to have power and presence. What happened today at the Boston Marathon will not make me lose hope in God who is Love as the Bible refers to Him/Her.  I am holding even stronger to the reality through prayer that God is here and now to bring healing to anyone injured, hope to those who feel hopeless, living waters of blessing to those who need refreshment from the evil ways that seem apparent in this world, peace to those who might feel hate or anger, and transformation to those who would be used to do evil acts.  I pray to know that a God who is everlasting Life, manifests, maintains the eternal life of His creation, and is providing the balm of comfort, peace and strength to those hearts who have lost loved ones. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For 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 8:35, 37-39) Check out other comments regarding this blog published on time4thinkers.com.

This is a very tough question because our fleshly reality, our material sense of things would say, yes definitely — and furthermore, evil is very present and active.  There was one man who walked this earth and lived among the evils of this world and yet proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that evil does not have the power or presence it appears to have. The man I’m talking about was Christ Jesus.

Think with me for a minute about what he demonstrated to prove that God is not absent and His power of good prevails in the midst of seeming evil.  Jesus healed incurable fleshly ills and diseases, stilled powerful destructive storms, fed multitudes of people when it appeared there was no place to get enough food for everyone. He brought complete peace and healing to people who were possessed with devils.  And he raised the dying and dead to life, including himself.

What was the point of all this?  I’ve asked myself that many times.  Mary Baker Eddy, a world renowned religious leader and radical Christian thinker whose works I study, help me to see that he was showing us the love of God present with us, right where it appears evil is present and powerful.  It has occurred to me that he was showing us a reality – or the reality – a power, a presence always at hand, always available, no matter what situation evil would try to throw our way.  He proved evil powerless, when God’s almighty, everpresent power was understandingly appealed to or known.

Jesus viewed things through his innate God given, Christly spiritual sense and told us we could do the same, through our own innate spiritual or Christly sense.  He was the Wayshower, showing us the way to think and pray.  He showed us that there is hope and peace and good and healing right where evil appears to have power and presence.

What happened today at the Boston Marathon will not make me lose hope in God who is Love as the Bible refers to Him/Her.  I am holding even stronger to the reality through prayer that God is here and now to bring healing to anyone injured, hope to those who feel hopeless, living waters of blessing to those who need refreshment from the evil ways that seem apparent in this world, peace to those who might feel hate or anger, and transformation to those who would be used to do evil acts.  I pray to know that a God who is everlasting Life, manifests, maintains the eternal life of His creation, and is providing the balm of comfort, peace and strength to those hearts who have lost loved ones.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For 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 8:35, 37-39)

Check out other comments regarding this blog published on time4thinkers.com.

God’s promises to Egypt

I read a Bible Lesson every day that helps bring inspiration to me. I couldn’t help but notice this wonderful comforting message regarding God’s children in Egypt in this week’s Bible Lesson titled “Soul.”

I read a Bible Lesson every day that helps bring inspiration to me.  I couldn’t help but notice this wonderful comforting message regarding God’s children in Egypt in this week’s Bible Lesson titled “Soul.”   From different parts of chapter 32 in Jeremiah, the prophet says this –

“Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:
Great in counsel, and mighty in work:
Which hast set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even unto this day, and in Israel, and among other men; and hast made thee a name, as at this day;
Therefore thus saith the Lord;
I will cause them to dwell safely: And they shall be my people, and I will be their God:
Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul.”

Egypt was a might country in Biblical times too and did many great things.  We can remember that God is the power in Egypt.  God is keeping everyone safe.  These are his people and God who is all good is the only real power.  Therefore only good is governing our Egyptian brothers and sisters and not evil.

Remember when the Berlin wall came down?  It was a huge change and yet it was peaceful.  Why can’t we expect change to happen in Egypt in a similar way?

The Egyptians have really shown the world what a good spirit they have and we can pray that their spirit of brotherhood coming from the power of the universe, Love (or God), will sustain them and lead them in the right direction in the coming days and weeks.

God is truly with them.

Prayer can help in Egypt

Some feel there is nothing we can do but just wait it out and see what happens in Egypt. But our prayers can truly help quell the violence erupting there — help to bring intelligence and wisdom and peace to this volatile situation. Where do we start?

Some feel there is nothing we can do but just wait it out and see what happens in Egypt.   But our prayers can truly help quell the violence erupting there — help to bring intelligence and wisdom and peace to this volatile situation.

Where do we start?  How about instead of starting with the problem and trying to figure it out, we start our thought and prayer process with God and reason from there.  This is something I have learned from studying and practicing Christian Science, and I have seen great results on an individual basis.

The Science of astronomy explains that what we see with our eyes is not what is real.  We see the sun moving across the sky, and yet the sun is not moving at all, but rather the earth is spinning.  Based on the Science of Life, Christ Jesus showed how life and harmony and goodness were present right where sin, disease and death appeared to be.

One of the greatest things we learn from this spiritual Science, or Christian Science, is how to follow the first commandment and have only one God, one Mind, and what exactly that means.

Mary Baker Eddy the founder of Christian Science writes in its textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “The first demand of this Science is, ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me.’ This me is Spirit. Therefore the command means this: Thou shalt have no intelligence, no life, no substance, no truth, no love, but that which is spiritual.”  (SH 467:3-7 The)

God’s power, presence and peace are right where chaos and violence appear to be ruling the day.  This can be our prayer, to know that God is present, all-present and that His peace, His wisdom, His goodness rules the day over the evil that appears to be.  It is more natural for us to see God’s goodness spring forth than to see chaos rule.

We can meditate on the prophet Isaiah’s spiritual view of the inevitability and naturalness of God’s goodness breaking forth on the human scene,
“For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.”  (Isa. 61:11)

Let’s together have one God and keep that picture before our thought as these other pictures are constantly being flashed before us.