We have just lived through the strangest and most unsettling of years, with the shadow of a pandemic hanging over us, having to cope with social distancing, the wearing of masks, and unable to live normal lives.
"We can defeat that 'locked down' feeling of loneliness and separation..." A member shares some inspiring thoughts to help us to pray about the concept of separation whether it appears as division in religion, in politics or even in families.
I love the concept of “church in action”. Church is not just about attending Sunday and Wednesday services in a beautiful building, and it’s not just about holding Zoom services online ... As I see it, “church in action” takes place when we let our light shine in our neighbourhoods and in our communities...
"Whatever inspires with wisdom, Truth, or Love – be it song, sermon, or Science - blesses the human family with crumbs of comfort from Christ’s table, feeding the hungry and giving living waters to the thirsty”. MBE
Trying to find the end of this tangled ball of string appears a pretty impossible task. People are asking “when will we be out of these restrictions, stop wearing masks and get back to living as we knew it”.
My own father left home when I was very young, and the family was left destitute.
Not long after he disappeared, my mother started attending a Christian Science church in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where we lived at the time, and my sister and I were enrolled in the Sunday School. One of my earliest recollections was discovering that God is the Father and Mother of each one of us...that we are the beloved children of this all-loving Parent.
One morning, I woke up feeling very unwell ... I was filled with fear, and felt very far from home..... As I prayed, I recalled it was a Sunday morning, and it suddenly occurred to me that Christian Science church services would be in progress during the day throughout the world. ..."
When the lockdown for Covid-19 was announced in the UK ten weeks ago I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, the novelty of it soon wore off and I began to realise that for the foreseeable future I would not be able to see my family and friends, go to church, go out except for food and exercise or join in the musical and social activities which I enjoy. Worst of all, however, was the label put on me as “vulnerable”....
A member writes about how, having been made redundant from her position, she found new purpose and joy, and that she "could trust my Father-Mother to place me where I was most needed. As the Bible reassures us, 'I go to prepare a place for you'. "
"Above the din of gloomy statistics and fearful prognostications, stories of fellowship and kindness and generosity are finding their way into the daily news. In fact, one newspaper is now running a column entitled GOOD NEWS associated with the unprecedented situation we find ourselves in."
A member shares some thoughts to counter any sense of loneliness whilst citizens adhere to advice to stay at home
We have been given permission to reprint this article from the Times Colonist - a newspaper in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The article is a blog in a series called "Spiritually Speaking", and starts....
"I’ve been interested in the topic of miracles for as long as I can remember—what they are and under what circumstances they happen..."
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A contribution from someone who needed something specific and found that this need was met in a timely and harmonious way:
Adam Dickey, a member of Mrs. Eddy’s household, once wrote, “When an idea begins to work in thought, it furnishes therein all that is necessary for its establishment, expression, protection and nourishment”.
We had a wonderful experience recently which so clearly illustrated this truth....
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A strange thing had happened...every time I made a move to deliver their card, I felt a strong sense of resistance, as if something was stopping me from popping round to their house. This went on for several days...on each occasion when I made my way to their house, I was effectively stopped in my tracks, and I returned home. By Christmas Eve, it felt too late to deliver a card...it would almost look like an after-thought, so, feeling somewhat frustrated, I abandoned the whole idea.
A member shares the qualities she appreciates in her friends, but also a deeper basis to friendship, the constant and unfailing companionship of God.
A member shares how her prayers have kept her in touch with loved ones around the world.
How are you praying for the world? A member shares their thoughts around praying for the world
"With the growing buzz of social media and it seems, our reduced ability to be peaceful" a member shares how they have been finding a spiritual antidote to this pressure that would gives more "thought quietness."
The night sky was filled with stars, and as I looked up at them, I was filled with a powerful sense of God’s order and presence, of His overall control of the universe...
A few weeks ago, a dear friend and I had an animated email discussion about the pros and cons of leaving the European Union. We happen to be on opposite sides of the fence on this subject, but as we go back nearly 50 years, we have learnt not to let fundamental disagreements about politics (or anything else) get in the way of a friendship which is very precious to us both.....
A member shares how we can pray about political conversations
'I could tell our daughter was a little anxious'... a mother prays for peace of mind as her grown daughter tackles a daunting journey and a potentially tricky parking situation.
"Last week a member of this church – a mother - relayed a testimony about the removal of fear for her daughter and the freedom of trusting her to Father Mother Love.
I am that daughter...."
“Just look on it as my good deed for the day”, I replied, “and if it makes you feel better, why not pass this good deed on to the next person you encounter who is in need of help! Instead of paying me back, pay it forward! It’s like when you toss a pebble into a pond...the ripples just keep spreading out across the water!”
A member of the church shares how she often prays when supply seems challenging or lacking -
'Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need' (Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy p.494)
"My father was a heavy drinker, he was often out of work, and when I was very young, he left my mother for another woman..."
Cathy shares how she prays about Fatherhood.
As a mother and daughter set out on a Fabric shopping trip they pray with the words of a hymn by Mary Baker Eddy ... "Shepherd, show me how..."
"At first I was alarmed though almost immediately my thought was flooded with images of how unselfish this pet had been during the holidays. She had curled up alongside people whenever they seemed to need that reassurance, waited patiently outside each bedroom door for family members to wake and had basically purred her way through the holidays rejoicing in the joy of the season."
"The town was watching, well aware that this attractive building was falling into disrepair and might indeed, need to be demolished.
But we never stopped praying..."
A couple share their experiences of praying about a building.
"I would like to express my gratitude for Christian Science practitioners, who always stand ready to help in time of need. When they enter the public practice of Christian Science, they know that there will be many times when they will be called upon late at night or in the early hours of the morning....." A member shares a recent experience when she needed help during the early hours.
He looked at me quite thoughtfully, and after a long pause, said quite clearly, "Ganpy's gone into another room". Into my thought came Jesus' statement, "In my Father's house are many mansions".
Finding myself confined to bed for a fortnight, and not able to easily read the Bible Lesson or other Christian Science material, I remembered GRACENOTES, and what a difference it had made to our friend during her time of trial. I asked my husband to kindly set me up with an MP3 player and the GRACENOTES memory stick, and from then on, the CD became my constant companion, especially at night.
A member shares a recent healing in her garden pod.
Jesus instructed us, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature". As I see it, one specific way of obeying Jesus' instruction is to go out into our own respective communities, reaching out in love and fellowship to those we meet on our daily rounds....
Recently, I had a very small experience which illustrated the perfect synchronicity of PLACEMENT and TIMING, under Mind's direction.... Read more about Cathy's experience
A member shares a healing experience which came about while she pondered the words which are used to introduce the Bible sermon each week during the Sunday Church service - 'undivorced from truth, uncontaminated and unfettered by human hypotheses and divinely authorised.' Read more about how this prayer blessed both her and her grandson.
“I remember sitting in my bedroom asking myself this exact question....”
Read more about how one teenager grappled and overcame the challenge of loving herself.
A member illustrated how unexpected good can unfold from acting in an unselfish way when she overcame an initial resistance to talk to new neighbours because of having too much to do, and feeling like she was not in the 'right head space'.
How a stressful experience led to prayer which in turn led to unexpected blessings.
A member shares how practising grace helped to resolve a tricky moment whilst shopping during a sale.
While on a family holiday in the Cotswolds, a member remembers a healing that they had on a previous holiday in this part of the world...
"On this particular day, we had decided to explore one of the beautiful villages in the area. We had parked along a grass verge in the high street, and I was the first one to get out of the car..."
Following on from our focus on 'Love', a member shares her prayers and efforts to love more, and to fear less.
What’s our role in Harry and Meghan’s wedding as Christian Scientists? Steve recommends that "we can affirm that their happy day can only enjoy un-invadable harmony, knowing as Mary Baker Eddy notes: 'Nothing can interfere with the harmony of being'" and that we can "recall the immensely comforting words of Psalm 121: 'The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.' "
"God guides every event of our careers"
A listener shares an experience where she felt protected from danger and subsequent fear after seeing an intruder in her home.
What might be seen as a nuisance call is an opportunity to engage and to share the promise of Christian Science
Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee, or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? Or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
A member shares her recent experiences on the road that confirmed her trust in God's unchangeable law and supreme order
"By mistake I drank a glass of water in which daffodils had been sitting overnight..."
A member shares how she was quickly freed from the affects of drinking poisonous water.
From the warmth of our home, looking out on a beautiful snowscape scene, I am reminded of the protection from so-called seasonal colds and flu our family has experienced this winter ...
A Christian Scientist was praying about homelessness in our community. She writes, "... whatever place we find ourselves and whatever the challenges we are facing God is there. His Love will continually protect, guide and guard us all." Read more about finding your 'place'...
Inspired by the theme of last week’s testimony, a member recalls the prayers and the wonderful unfoldment of events that led her to her current home
Jillie goes for a swim, and finds this gives her the opportunity to put into practise her thoughts about being a more effective Christian.
As I drove along, the thought came to me as clear as daylight to take a detour....
As I hurried along the pavement holding my umbrella and my shopping bags, I suddenly slipped and found myself flying through the air, falling very heavily on one knee. As I landed on the pavement, I heard myself saying, "No accidents, no accidents"...
'I knew at that very moment His Love was like a protective arch over all of the family, wherever they were and whatever they were experiencing'... a member shares her prayers for her family at a special time of unfoldment.
Cathy shares a small experience which reminded her that Mind is ever-present.
A member shares her thoughts about gratitude at thanksgiving time.
Recently when I was walking down to our local shops on a blustery day, I was aware of not only the autumn leaves blowing around but also a lot of litter....
Learning to live with a moment by moment sense of Love’s presence in one’s life and naturally turning to Him for guidance and healing is the Christian Scientist’s way of life. Read more to see how a Christian Scientist gained inspiration from a recent meeting held with the Christian Science Board of Directors ( 5 Christian Science practitioners and teachers of Christian Science who oversee the long term direction and day to day operations of the church) See www.christianscience.com/ church officers.
As a gift to the community the Christian Science church has had a new shelter erected over the bench in front of the church.
At the same time as seeing the completion of the new bus shelter for our community, one member of the church has been prayng to provide more for our community in terms of ‘shelter’ than just a physical building…
As a gift to the community the Christian Science church has had a new shelter erected over the bench in front of the church.
The Bible assures us, “I go to prepare a place for you”. This truth was very much in thought when our eldest son, Michael, began thinking of moving last year.
A member shares how she has realised the importance of preparing for journeys... 'Checking I have enough fuel, setting the SatNav and reading the traffic reports'. But she goes on to explain an even more important aspect of her preparations ...
A member shares her prayers in preparing to host guests for lunch.
Have you ever had one of those situations where things come together so smoothly that when you look back, you stand in awe at how our Father-Mother loving takes such good care of us?
There was much rejoicing in our family when our younger daughter and her husband told us they were expecting their second child.
Obstetric technology is so advanced now that a scan of the baby a few weeks later was incredibly detailed..:
Recently, I visited a friend whom I’d known for most of my life, but hadn’t seen for a very long time. We realized we wanted to celebrate our friendship and talk about the special colors of life we saw in each other. It was great to say thank you out loud! I thought afterward what a refreshing visit it had been.
"A curious neighbor asked me one day, 'Why do you practice Christian Science?' "
Evan shares how Christian Science healed him - and helped him improve his tennis game.
A member shares some passages, verses and experiences she has found comforting when loved ones pass on.
A member shares how working and being in her garden has brought joy and inspiration, and space for deeper prayer.
Christian Science Sunday School, quick healings, even regular reading of the Christian Science Bible Lesson—these had been constants during my childhood and early teen years. But about halfway through high school, I couldn’t shake a question that kept coming to me: How is God even relevant to me right now?
A member shares a favourite poem - 'A prayer for world peace and healing'
Christian Scientists across the world study and pray together about a focused bible-based theme. This week's theme provided many church members with a tremendously powerful and relevant prayerful basis with which to go out and practise the supremacy of love over hate. One member shares how specific ideas from this week's lesson inspired and sustained her.
"I could pray that Love's presence would be felt, feel comforted myself by divine Love".
Mary Baker Eddy writes in her book, Science and Health with key to the Scriptures :
"Love one another" (1 John, iii.23), is the most simple and profound counsel of the inspired writer.
A member shares an act of love....
Listening for the right time to pass on a gift blesses someone else.
Going sofa shopping with an inspired motive leads to harmonious outcomes for all involved. Read more about this 'reason for existing' and the simple but immediate benefits experienced.
A member shares her thoughts about travelling into London following recent events at Westminster. 'There was a feeling of togetherness and unity. No one was going to let evil stop them from being where they needed to be. Fear was not going to win...'
Friends, new friends and old. Caravans full of laughter. Pancakes. Pancakes. And more pancakes. Board games and mad music.
These are warm feelings and memories from Easter Camp 2017....
'I thought of it like the structure of a piece of woven cloth. Our prayer is the warp and the help another receives, is the weft.'
A sense of loneliness can come in many forms and it is an issue much talked about in society today. It can often come about because circumstances have changed in our lives. But such changes don't have to bring about negative feelings! Perhaps it's a case of new beginnings, new thought...
Read more to find out how a Christian Scientist used prayer to find peace when her family circumstances changed...
'Small action' resulted in the greatest smile!
What does the Hampton Court Maze have to do with the complexities of day-to-day living? This article explores the connection, and tells how it helped someone solve a problem...
Jillie shares some thoughts about helping harassed mums at half-term
By praying Robbie realised that we are all spiritually related to each other. A false concept of individuality was replaced by a unifying sense of 'God's family'. And guess what, the task before the team was accomplished productively and successfully.
Peggy misplaced her house keys, but help was soon at hand when the gardener arrived unexpectedly. His helpfulness was reassuring, but it wasn’t until Peggy turned wholeheartedly to prayer that the keys were found. Her inspiration came from Luke 15:8-10 where the woman swept her house clean looking for a lost coin.
Noelle’s Christmas was filled with inspiring spiritual angels, which she shares here with us. These angels, messages from God, blessed her in many ways over the holidays, as well as several friends of hers. An angel also encouraged her to give ‘a BIG Christmas hug’ to a very sad person she met. She urges you to do the same!
Prayer in Christian Science is practical and effective. The Bible gives us the inspiration to apply its timeless laws to anything we might be facing today. Read more to see how a Christian Scientist expresses her prayer in poetry, for the refugees in the world today, through her deep understanding of the Bible and God's omnipresent care.
A recent testimony... In this busy run up to Christmas when we are thinking about the gifts we might be giving and receiving I was keen to read the article...
Citizens of the world, accept "the glorious liberty of the children of God", and be free! This is your divine right. (Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy)