Friday, February 22, 2019

God's Power and Willingness to Care for Us

 “Who dares to doubt this consummate test of the power and willingness of divine Mind to hold man forever intact in his perfect state, and to govern man’s entire action?”  
For several days, I had been contemplating the above statement by the Christian writer, Mary Baker Eddy in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.  She made the statement in reference to the Bible account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead (John, Chapter 11), but her point is that the divine Mind (her name for God) forever maintains all of us under divine government and care.  Later that day, I experienced for myself the divine Mind’s power and willingness to hold us intact in our perfect state and govern our entire action.

My wife and I were driving on a 4-lane, undivided highway.  It was snowing and the road was covered with a thin layer of wet, heavy snow.  As I was passing a truck, our car suddenly started drifting to the right and it appeared that we would strike the side of the truck.  My wife shouted, “God is our Life!”  This was her way of reminding us of this idea that we are always under God's care.  I appreciated her immediately bringing this truth to focus in our thought.   I calmly steered to correct the car's movement, but then the car started sliding the other direction, to the left.  A truck was coming toward us in that lane!  I corrected the steering again.  We passed safely between the two trucks, regained control of the car, and proceeded on down the highway.  I have no doubt of the power and willingness of God to hold us forever intact and to govern our entire action!

You can learn more about God and how to experience God's care in your life.  Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures can be read online or purchased from major booksellers.  You can also read, borrow, or purchase the book at any Christian Science Reading Room.  The Reading Room in Evergreen, Colorado is located at 4602 Plettner Lane.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Prayerful Protection from Contagious Disease

There is a lot in the news right now about various contagious diseases and the need to take steps to protect ourselves and our families.  While many choose to protect themselves through vaccinations, eating certain foods, or simply avoiding contact with others, I have found prayer to be an effective defense against contagious disease.  Through prayer alone, I and my family have experienced quick healings of scarlet fever, measles, influenza and instantaneous healings of colds and sore throats, as well as numerous occasions of exposure to contagion with no ill effects whatsoever.

Is prayer a dependable form of protection?  It is if you pray correctly!  Mary Baker Eddy, a Christian healer and author, wrote in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:
“The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God — a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love."
“But”, you say, “How do I develop an absolute faith in God?”  Is it simply blind faith?  No! - look carefully at Eddy’s statement.  The long dash (also called an Em dash) after “God”, indicates that an amplification or explanation follows.  So an absolute faith in God isn’t a blind faith, it’s a faith based on two things: a spiritual understanding of God and an unselfed love.

You can learn more about a spiritual understanding God and unselfed love in Eddy’s book.  Read or listen to Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures online or purchase it from any major bookseller.  You can also read, borrow, or purchase the book at any Christian Science Reading Room.  The Reading Room in Evergreen Colorado is located at 4602 Plettner Lane.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Practicing Self-Forgetfulness Leads to a Harmonious Relationship


Recently, I had to spend three days with a relative that I had had a thorny relationship with. I was concerned about how this time together would come off.  I wanted us all to have a harmonious and happy time.  In preparing for this event, I found guidance and peace in a statement by Mary Baker Eddy, a Christian writer and healer.  In her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures she wrote:
"Self-forgetfulness, purity, and affection are constant prayers.  Practice not profession, understanding not belief, gain the ear and right hand of omnipotence and they assuredly call down infinite blessings."
I decided to focus on self-forgetfulness - to understand what this meant and to put it into practice.  The human ego can have a hard time "forgetting" itself and putting others first, but from reading Eddy's book I had a higher sense of what it meant to be self-forgetful.  It wasn't about my human ego struggling to be meek in the presence of another human ego.  Self-forgetfulness meant putting aside the whole notion that we are separate mortal individuals with competing egos and goals for the concept that we are spiritual ideas created by the one divine Mind, a.k.a. God and flowing harmoniously together through life like water in a river.

There were a few occasions during the three days that I had to remind myself to be self-forgetful, but each time I did the task became easier and the entire event went smoothly and happily for everyone involved.

Want to learn more about forgetting the mortal self and your real spiritual self?  You can read or listen to Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures online or purchase it from major book sellers.  If you live near Evergreen, Colorado, you can read, borrow, or purchase this book at the Christian Science Reading Room at 4602 Plettner Lane.