In Love’s embrace

Do you ever year for something you think you lack. I do sometimes. I have not found that very productive. Why? I think it’s because when we want something, sometimes unintentionally it becomes a denial of God’s presence. So, I try and be careful wh…

Do you ever year for something you think you lack. I do sometimes. I have not found that very productive. Why? I think it's because when we want something, sometimes unintentionally it becomes a denial of God's presence. So, I try and be careful when thoughts of wanting something voice themselves. I find those are opportunities to affirm with all my heart that God IS meeting our need. We do this to accept what is already going on, not to change something.

If Love is meeting your need, then truthfully, Love has MET your need. There is nothing in you or on you or around you that is unlike love. Only the mortal mind, or the egoic mind, claims that it has experienced lack. But how can we realize this? Sometimes, we need to relax and be still. In that peace of not actively thinking, we can hear God talking, embracing us. I've asked a few people how much of their thoughts are really worries or ruminations and they've all said it was a pretty high percentage. So, I think there is value in being still and giving God room. Just let Him/Her talk, without guiding or reminding Him/Her what you need.

It's a fact. Love is infinite good. Love is protecting you, supporting you, embracing you, uplifting you, regenerating you. God's universe is in perfect order and harmony. I like to be alert to the thought that I can use prayer to change something. Prayer reveals what already is and always was. (By the way, evil never started. If it never started, it cannot grow.)

As human thought changes and yields to the call of Truth, your mind, body, spirit, your whole experience is healed. Theologian Mary Baker Eddy said that the leading causes of sickness are fear, ignorance or sin. Then, we want to pray to yield up those misconceptions. Jesus' surrender of the false sense of self was complete. He lived Love. The infinite Love he embraced is here for us to embrace. When we do that, we're repenting or changing our thought as he asked us to do. We become aware that there is not Love and a problem, just the reality of Love.

Asking God for help

This episode of Spirituality and Christianity.com is a conversation with Bob Wellington about asking God for help. He’s really good at caring for others and being attentive to the needs of others. But he never liked asking for help for himself — until the day he had no alternative. I don’t want to give away […]

This episode of Spirituality and Christianity.com is a conversation with Bob Wellington about asking God for help.

He’s really good at caring for others and being attentive to the needs of others. But he never liked asking for help for himself — until the day he had no alternative.bobwforpodcast

I don’t want to give away the adventure in the wilderness in the show notes here, because it’s more fun to hear Bob tell it himself on the podcast. What we can say is that the scary moments brought him face to face with the realization that his own strength and wit were not enough.

We thought together a bit about why so many people face reluctance in asking God for help. Obvious reasons may include pride and doubt. But there are also more subtle excuses that keep us wandering in the dark far too long. Getting over that reluctance has added benefits as well. Bob and I discovered that in our moments of humility, when we surrender to God’s availability and capacity to help, we discovered our own increased desire to help others.

Be sure to check out Bob’s entire website, where he shares the details of this story more fully. You’ll also find his personal reflections and transparent prayers dealing with other tough life situations.

Don’t forget how much we’d like to hear from you too. Have you had to struggle with the reluctance to ask God for help? What made you do it? What happened? Share your comments at the end of the show notes on this website, at Spirituality and Christianity.com.

References in the podcast:

* Bob’s website

* Luke 13:4-5

What is a Contract?

When two parties come together, do you ever wonder which side God is on? Praying about a real estate contract that is coming up for agreement soon, ideas about what a contract really is came to mind.A contract is an agreement, right? So, it’s not so …

When two parties come together, do you ever wonder which side God is on? Praying about a real estate contract that is coming up for agreement soon, ideas about what a contract really is came to mind.

A contract is an agreement, right? So, it's not so much a thing as an idea. Everything around us is really an idea. God, who is the great intelligence of the universe, is the true source of all ideas.

When I have something to pray about, I have been asking myself, what is God's relationship with Herself? How is God seeing Himself? I believe this allows us to quickly see what is going on.

God is in perfect agreement with Herself. That's what is going on today. To us it seems like two distinct parties come to the table to dispute or agree a contract (agreement). But, in actuality supply and demand both have their source in the One God. And really, both parties are actually in the One God. (Not physically, of course.)

Really, both parties are in perfect agreement, before they start, because God is the source of their being and existence. Interestingly, the word agreement actually means in harmony. Therefore, all parties are included in all-harmonious Love. Is it any surprise that an agreement is a synonym for contract.

On page 200 of a book named Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by an American student of the Bible named Mary Baker Eddy reminds that God's spiritual creation is perfect. (God's creation is entirely spiritual and the mortal condition with all its angst is a counterfeit.) She says that the fact of God and man's perfection is incontrovertible. Let's go to the dictionary for that one.

incontrovertible: not open to question or dispute; indisputable:

I like to think that that means it's not even up for debate. We begin and end our prayers with an acknowledgment that the Truth is already established. This tells us that God and man's perfection is a fixed fact. It is firmly set up, anchored, inarguable, permanently enacted or agreed.

That's it! Everything that needs to be done is actually done by God, the real do-er. With confidence and gratitude we can see that God has actually done everything that is needed. Healing is that fact dawning on us.

Isn't it wonderful how God governs everything? Isn't it great that everything is in harmony because of God's relationship with Himself?

What is a Contract?

When two parties come together, do you ever wonder which side God is on? Praying about a real estate contract that is coming up for agreement soon, ideas about what a contract really is came to mind.A contract is an agreement, right? So, it’s not so …

When two parties come together, do you ever wonder which side God is on? Praying about a real estate contract that is coming up for agreement soon, ideas about what a contract really is came to mind.

A contract is an agreement, right? So, it's not so much a thing as an idea. Everything around us is really an idea. God, who is the great intelligence of the universe, is the true source of all ideas.

When I have something to pray about, I have been asking myself, what is God's relationship with Herself? How is God seeing Himself? I believe this allows us to quickly see what is going on.

God is in perfect agreement with Herself. That's what is going on today. To us it seems like two distinct parties come to the table to dispute or agree a contract (agreement). But, in actuality supply and demand both have their source in the One God. And really, both parties are actually in the One God. (Not physically, of course.)

Really, both parties are in perfect agreement, before they start, because God is the source of their being and existence. Interestingly, the word agreement actually means in harmony. Therefore, all parties are included in all-harmonious Love. Is it any surprise that an agreement is a synonym for contract.

On page 200 of a book named Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by an American student of the Bible named Mary Baker Eddy reminds that God's spiritual creation is perfect. (God's creation is entirely spiritual and the mortal condition with all its angst is a counterfeit.) She says that the fact of God and man's perfection is incontrovertible. Let's go to the dictionary for that one.

incontrovertible: not open to question or dispute; indisputable:

I like to think that that means it's not even up for debate. We begin and end our prayers with an acknowledgment that the Truth is already established. This tells us that God and man's perfection is a fixed fact. It is firmly set up, anchored, inarguable, permanently enacted or agreed.

That's it! Everything that needs to be done is actually done by God, the real do-er. With confidence and gratitude we can see that God has actually done everything that is needed. Healing is that fact dawning on us.

Isn't it wonderful how God governs everything? Isn't it great that everything is in harmony because of God's relationship with Himself?

What is a Contract?

When two parties come together, do you ever wonder which side God is on? Praying about a real estate contract that is coming up for agreement soon, ideas about what a contract really is came to mind.A contract is an agreement, right? So, it’s not so …

When two parties come together, do you ever wonder which side God is on? Praying about a real estate contract that is coming up for agreement soon, ideas about what a contract really is came to mind.

A contract is an agreement, right? So, it's not so much a thing as an idea. Everything around us is really an idea. God, who is the great intelligence of the universe, is the true source of all ideas.

When I have something to pray about, I have been asking myself, what is God's relationship with Herself? How is God seeing Himself? I believe this allows us to quickly see what is going on.

God is in perfect agreement with Herself. That's what is going on today. To us it seems like two distinct parties come to the table to dispute or agree a contract (agreement). But, in actuality supply and demand both have their source in the One God. And really, both parties are actually in the One God. (Not physically, of course.)

Really, both parties are in perfect agreement, before they start, because God is the source of their being and existence. Interestingly, the word agreement actually means in harmony. Therefore, all parties are included in all-harmonious Love. Is it any surprise that an agreement is a synonym for contract.

On page 200 of a book named Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by an American student of the Bible named Mary Baker Eddy reminds that God's spiritual creation is perfect. (God's creation is entirely spiritual and the mortal condition with all its angst is a counterfeit.) She says that the fact of God and man's perfection is incontrovertible. Let's go to the dictionary for that one.

incontrovertible: not open to question or dispute; indisputable:

I like to think that that means it's not even up for debate. We begin and end our prayers with an acknowledgment that the Truth is already established. This tells us that God and man's perfection is a fixed fact. It is firmly set up, anchored, inarguable, permanently enacted or agreed.

That's it! Everything that needs to be done is actually done by God, the real do-er. With confidence and gratitude we can see that God has actually done everything that is needed. Healing is that fact dawning on us.

Isn't it wonderful how God governs everything? Isn't it great that everything is in harmony because of God's relationship with Himself?

That’s How the Ball Bounces

Last night I was waiting for a tennis court. As the wait time increased towards a half an hour, so did my boredom it seemed. Finally a court opened up, but a woman and a man in there early 20s were in line first. There were a lot of really good play…

Last night I was waiting for a tennis court. As the wait time increased towards a half an hour, so did my boredom it seemed. Finally a court opened up, but a woman and a man in there early 20s were in line first. There were a lot of really good players there that night, but this young woman was not one of them. I felt sorry for her because her boyfriend was telling her, "Why are you just standing there. You've got to move your feet." She replied, "I dunno." He was mister competitive and she was sweet. But not ah ... athletic it seemed.

With this waiting, I felt kind of blah, spiritually flat. Then, a thought came. Why not pray about what was right in front of me? Why not witness what God was seeing about this young woman and man? The thought came that because her ability truly came from God, why couldn't she play well? Why couldn't she? I was just still with that. I wasn't trying to change what was going on, I was just really open to change. My thought was loose and hopeful.

Soon, a court opened up for my son opened up, so I focused on our play. Here and there, when the boyfriend would berate her, I would talk to God and express His love about the situation.

Interestingly, I noticed the boyfriend was running all OVER the court. The young woman still had the unorthodox stroke, like someone who was holding a tennis racket for the first time. But, she was winning games. And, this frustrated the boyfriend who started swearing. And, that gave me more to pray about. I prayed that what blesses one, blesses all. That's an idea from a book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. I thought about how that young man wasn't left out of good. The thought came to me that it could bless me too. For the first time in a long, long while, I took every point in two games. My son played well last night, so we both had fun.

Was that the whole point of this, to use God to enhance human performance? Not at all. I was just open to seeing what God was seeing, open to loving my neighbor and expecting good to tangibly be theirs on the tennis court. And that made it for a really, really fun night.

Have fun out there!

That’s How the Ball Bounces

Last night I was waiting for a tennis court. As the wait time increased towards a half an hour, so did my boredom it seemed. Finally a court opened up, but a woman and a man in there early 20s were in line first. There were a lot of really good play…

Last night I was waiting for a tennis court. As the wait time increased towards a half an hour, so did my boredom it seemed. Finally a court opened up, but a woman and a man in there early 20s were in line first. There were a lot of really good players there that night, but this young woman was not one of them. I felt sorry for her because her boyfriend was telling her, "Why are you just standing there. You've got to move your feet." She replied, "I dunno." He was mister competitive and she was sweet. But not ah ... athletic it seemed.

With this waiting, I felt kind of blah, spiritually flat. Then, a thought came. Why not pray about what was right in front of me? Why not witness what God was seeing about this young woman and man? The thought came that because her ability truly came from God, why couldn't she play well? Why couldn't she? I was just still with that. I wasn't trying to change what was going on, I was just really open to change. My thought was loose and hopeful.

Soon, a court opened up for my son opened up, so I focused on our play. Here and there, when the boyfriend would berate her, I would talk to God and express His love about the situation.

Interestingly, I noticed the boyfriend was running all OVER the court. The young woman still had the unorthodox stroke, like someone who was holding a tennis racket for the first time. But, she was winning games. And, this frustrated the boyfriend who started swearing. And, that gave me more to pray about. I prayed that what blesses one, blesses all. That's an idea from a book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. I thought about how that young man wasn't left out of good. The thought came to me that it could bless me too. For the first time in a long, long while, I took every point in two games. My son played well last night, so we both had fun.

Was that the whole point of this, to use God to enhance human performance? Not at all. I was just open to seeing what God was seeing, open to loving my neighbor and expecting good to tangibly be theirs on the tennis court. And that made it for a really, really fun night.

Have fun out there!

That’s How the Ball Bounces

Last night I was waiting for a tennis court. As the wait time increased towards a half an hour, so did my boredom it seemed. Finally a court opened up, but a woman and a man in there early 20s were in line first. There were a lot of really good play…

Last night I was waiting for a tennis court. As the wait time increased towards a half an hour, so did my boredom it seemed. Finally a court opened up, but a woman and a man in there early 20s were in line first. There were a lot of really good players there that night, but this young woman was not one of them. I felt sorry for her because her boyfriend was telling her, "Why are you just standing there. You've got to move your feet." She replied, "I dunno." He was mister competitive and she was sweet. But not ah ... athletic it seemed.

With this waiting, I felt kind of blah, spiritually flat. Then, a thought came. Why not pray about what was right in front of me? Why not witness what God was seeing about this young woman and man? The thought came that because her ability truly came from God, why couldn't she play well? Why couldn't she? I was just still with that. I wasn't trying to change what was going on, I was just really open to change. My thought was loose and hopeful.

Soon, a court opened up for my son opened up, so I focused on our play. Here and there, when the boyfriend would berate her, I would talk to God and express His love about the situation.

Interestingly, I noticed the boyfriend was running all OVER the court. The young woman still had the unorthodox stroke, like someone who was holding a tennis racket for the first time. But, she was winning games. And, this frustrated the boyfriend who started swearing. And, that gave me more to pray about. I prayed that what blesses one, blesses all. That's an idea from a book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. I thought about how that young man wasn't left out of good. The thought came to me that it could bless me too. For the first time in a long, long while, I took every point in two games. My son played well last night, so we both had fun.

Was that the whole point of this, to use God to enhance human performance? Not at all. I was just open to seeing what God was seeing, open to loving my neighbor and expecting good to tangibly be theirs on the tennis court. And that made it for a really, really fun night.

Have fun out there!

S+C | Politics and Religion

Episode #26 is a conversation with Will Buchanan on the relationship between politics and spiritual ideas. Sometimes the effort to discuss politics and religious convictions in the same conversation can be hazardous. All the more reason to find a basis for successful conversations. Will is a student at Principia College, where he’s studying political science. […]

Episode #26 is a conversation with Will Buchanan on the relationship between politics and spiritual ideas.

Sometimes the effort to discuss politics and religious convictions in the same conversation can be hazardous. All the more reason to find a basis for successful conversations.

Will is a student at Principia College, where he’s studying political science. He’s also deeply committed to  his spiritual growth. Our discussion raises questions and uncovers possibilities for those who deeply care about the relevance of spiritual living in a political context.willandshirley

Whether you lean left or right, it’s encouraging to find common ground in the belief that God’s goodness is available to everyone at all times. It gives hope for peace, and it encourages grace in the midst of our differences.

It might be helpful to clarify one point in the podcast conversation. Near the end of the podcast, Will is discussing “three degrees” of human experience, which come from his study of Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (115). He is distinguishing between the second and third degrees, in which the second is a transitional state of thought to the third level, which includes spiritual understanding and power. Will describes the meaning of that third state of human thought without clearly identifying it; but his point is that it’s helpful for us as humans to be clear about the type of thinking we bring to our experiences. We are able to achieve wisdom, spiritual understanding, and spiritual power (the “third degree”) as we grow spiritually; and on that basis we are not victims of politics, but contributors to society’s well-being.

Please do join us in this conversation. We’re interested in they way you make connections between your spiritual searching and your political pragmatism. Share your comments at the end of the show notes on the website, SpiritualityandChristianity.com.

Some relevant links:

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life Religion and Ethics Newsweekly See spirituality.com for podcast reference to Science and Health

Timeliness of God’s Word

Paul says in II Corinthians “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” When is the day of salvation? Yes, right now. Then, there’s nothing to wait for!

Isn’t it amazing how often the thought you need comes to you at just the right time. The Greek New Testament has a word for that. It’s “kairos.”

Then there’s a human concept of time, which is time passing, like sand through an hourglass. (This sense of time evokes aging, fatigue, etc.) This concept of time often frustrates us and dupes us into thinking that God is absent. The Greek word for that type of time is “kronos.” The author of a book named Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the textbook of Christian Science, explains that concept of time this way: “Mortal measurements; limits, in which are summed up all human acts, thoughts, beliefs, opinions, knowledge; matter; error” (595:17-19).

Explore the immediacy of God’s Word. The word Word is capitalized to signify as the Bible did God’s creation moving in perfection, unfolding infinite goodness. Infinite goodness? Is that possible? The Bible says, “All things are possible to God,” so I don’t see why not. Infinite God has infinite resources. Infinite God has infinite expression. You as the child of God are the infinite expression of God’s unlimited love and righteousness, God’s unlimited strength and health, God’s unlimited intelligence.

It seems there is always something new to learn about infinite. One meaning of infinite is boundless, without limits. So, infinite Love, being infinite, has no limit to the love it shares with you. And, you being the Love’s spiritual creation cannot experience any limit of love. That means you cannot experience cruelty, betrayal, or lack of forgiveness. Or lack. Love is unfolding to you and you experience, limitless forgiveness, peace, love, kindness and supply of good. You express and experience God continuously.

As you pray for healing, see the immediacy of God’s Word – there are no limits. The One Infinite cannot be late. Infinite Truth infinitely supplies health and supplies health without limits. So, there has never been a lapse from health.

Science and Health 200:16
“The great truth in the Science of being, that the real man was, is, and ever shall be perfect, is incontrovertible; for if man is the image, reflection, of God, he is neither inverted nor subverted, but upright and Godlike.”

Science and Health 470:32
“The relations of God and man, divine Principle and idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He creates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history.”

In the Bible, Yahweh means I AM, I always was, I always will be. So, God’s always been on time and always will be. And, God has always been perfect. And, God’s manifestation, including you has always been perfect. (I’m referring to God’s spiritual creation, not the mortal counterfeit. Mortals have it all upside down, don’t they.)

Ruth Elizabeth Jenks wrote something that I appreciate greatly which explains how understanding time correctly directly applies to healing.

“Time is never a factor in healing, because in reality, there is no past and no future. And that’s true regardless of how you look at the concept of time. You cannot retrieve one moment of the past and tomorrow is always out of reach. We can’t grasp it before it arrives. We only live in and can experience now. This understanding dissipates fear. As someone who’s endured three different healings that required “time,” the last one for two years, I can truly say—paraphrasing the Apostle Paul’s comments—that I, too, could joy in affliction. That’s because I grew in my conviction that Jesus’ comforting assurance that “With God all things are possible” is not an empty promise.”

Deut 6:4
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:

Paul says in II Corinthians "Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." When is the day of salvation? Yes, right now. Then, there's nothing to wait for!

Isn't it amazing how often the thought you need comes to you at just the right time. The Greek New Testament has a word for that. It's "kairos."

Then there's a human concept of time, which is time passing, like sand through an hourglass. (This sense of time evokes aging, fatigue, etc.) This concept of time often frustrates us and dupes us into thinking that God is absent. The Greek word for that type of time is "kronos." The author of a book named Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the textbook of Christian Science, explains that concept of time this way: “Mortal measurements; limits, in which are summed up all human acts, thoughts, beliefs, opinions, knowledge; matter; error” (595:17-19).

Explore the immediacy of God's Word. The word Word is capitalized to signify as the Bible did God's creation moving in perfection, unfolding infinite goodness. Infinite goodness? Is that possible? The Bible says, "All things are possible to God," so I don't see why not. Infinite God has infinite resources. Infinite God has infinite expression. You as the child of God are the infinite expression of God's unlimited love and righteousness, God's unlimited strength and health, God's unlimited intelligence.

It seems there is always something new to learn about infinite. One meaning of infinite is boundless, without limits. So, infinite Love, being infinite, has no limit to the love it shares with you. And, you being the Love's spiritual creation cannot experience any limit of love. That means you cannot experience cruelty, betrayal, or lack of forgiveness. Or lack. Love is unfolding to you and you experience, limitless forgiveness, peace, love, kindness and supply of good. You express and experience God continuously.

As you pray for healing, see the immediacy of God's Word - there are no limits. The One Infinite cannot be late. Infinite Truth infinitely supplies health and supplies health without limits. So, there has never been a lapse from health.

Science and Health 200:16
"The great truth in the Science of being, that the real man was, is, and ever shall be perfect, is incontrovertible; for if man is the image, reflection, of God, he is neither inverted nor subverted, but upright and Godlike."

Science and Health 470:32
"The relations of God and man, divine Principle and idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He creates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history."

In the Bible, Yahweh means I AM, I always was, I always will be. So, God's always been on time and always will be. And, God has always been perfect. And, God's manifestation, including you has always been perfect. (I'm referring to God's spiritual creation, not the mortal counterfeit. Mortals have it all upside down, don't they.)

Ruth Elizabeth Jenks wrote something that I appreciate greatly which explains how understanding time correctly directly applies to healing.

"Time is never a factor in healing, because in reality, there is no past and no future. And that’s true regardless of how you look at the concept of time. You cannot retrieve one moment of the past and tomorrow is always out of reach. We can’t grasp it before it arrives. We only live in and can experience now. This understanding dissipates fear. As someone who’s endured three different healings that required “time,” the last one for two years, I can truly say—paraphrasing the Apostle Paul’s comments—that I, too, could joy in affliction. That’s because I grew in my conviction that Jesus’ comforting assurance that “With God all things are possible” is not an empty promise."

Deut 6:4
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: