Church members are invited to join us on Thursday, October 23 at 7:30 PM in the Sunday School at First Church, Austin – 1309 Guadalupe 78701 – at 7:30 PM for a conversation with our church family on Christian Science Nursing.
Church members will sit down together to explore the nature of God’s love and care for each of us, and to feel and hear the Christ speaking to each heart. The two-hour meeting will be facilitated by two experienced Christian Science nurses: the Manager of Christian Science Nursing Activities, and the President of The Mother Church.
About 2 weeks ago my stomach started to hurt. It was a very intense feeling and didn’t allow me to do anything. That weekend that it happened was super important to me because finals was that week. The whole entire Sunday I didn’t study anything because I could barely move without my stomach hurting. My mom convinced me to call a practitioner and get help. So I called a practitioner that is very close to me and she helped me understand what might be making me feel this way. I told her everything that was happening to me and one of them was that if I didn’t pass my Language Arts final I would go to summer school or get HELD BACK!!! She helped me know that I was in God’s hands and that God didn’t make mistakes and bad grades. After that, I told myself not to worry and to just do your best. My stomach stopped hurting me. That week not only did I pass my Language Arts class, I got amazing grades on all my other finals. Thank you so much for reading this and helping me express my gratitude for Christian Science.
Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not:
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing:
Isaiah 35: 3, 4 (to:), 5, 6 (to:)
Consciousness constructs a better body when faith in matter has been conquered.
Correct material belief by spiritual understanding, and Spirit will form you anew.
Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 425, lines 23-26
These quotations come from the current Bible Lesson on “Substance.” This week’s Sunday services at the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston and branch churches worldwide will focus on this Lesson.
One aspect of true substance discussed in the Lesson is health and wholeness. The quotation from Science & Health provides insight into the Bible passage and elucidates why the healings related in the Bible were possible at that time and remain possible today.
How would these spiritual principles work now? Visit The First Church of Christ, Scientist website to read articles and watch videos by people speaking about their verified healings of physical ailments and other life difficulties.
Presents wrapped? Check!
Suitcases packed? Check!
Gas in the car? Check!
Work emails sent? Check!
Schoolwork done? Check…mostly…good enough!
The to-do list was cleared off, and I was ready to go. The next morning, my husband and I were leaving to drive from Massachusetts to Virginia to spend Christmas with my family. I couldn’t have been more excited. It had been a long semester; I had been working hard; and I was ready for a Christmas vacation filled with a whole lot of family and a whole lot of laughter. The only problem? Those flu symptoms that I had been half-heartedly praying about weren’t really getting any better. In fact, as I got ready for bed, I felt downright lousy….
Would we have to delay our trip? Would I feel miserable for Christmas? If Mary could make a pilgrimage to Bethlehem, nine months pregnant, on a camel, couldn’t I make an 8-hour trip to Virginia, very much notpregnant, in a Honda Civic? Click to read the entire article.
One regular Friday, I went to school as usual. I went to my science class, and then my math class. I was in the middle of taking a math test, when the intercom went on, I heard the principal say “We are going on lockdown, this is not a drill.” Lockdown is when the school shuts down and no one gets out or in because a threatening person is in the school. There is a high school right next to us, so the high school went in lockdown too.
When I first heard this, I was confused and shocked. I had no idea what was going on. The teacher told us to get into a spot where we couldn’t be seen, and she turned off the classroom lights, shut and locked the door, and covered and closed all the windows, and she told us to stay quiet and that we could whisper. We all gathered to the corner of the classroom and sat there for a while. I was terrified, because I had no idea who was in the school, and what that person had or wanted to do. I started shaking because I was so scared. Thoughts that I was going to die kept running through my head. And then I thought, “Hey stop, God is with me.”
Many kids in my class had their phones with them, and were texting their parents and friends that were in other classrooms. I learned that there was a man with a handgun and a box. I felt panic run through me. I reminded myself what I had thought earlier, that God is with me, and he never left, and he never will. I also thought to myself, that we are all in God’s kingdom, and since we are in God’s kingdom, we are always safe. I also thought that the man who had the weapon cannot harm us since he is perfect too. All of a sudden, my nervousness stopped. And I calmed down instantly. I was actually surprised of how calm I was. I then knew that all of us would get out of the school unharmed, and untouched. I got a book and read, and did my homework, and the kids in my class listened to music and just relaxed. We were all calm. The lockdown lasted 4 hours. Then we were able to call our parents and leave. Everyone left without getting hurt. And I am very grateful for that. And I am grateful for the understanding that Christian Science has given me.
Larissa R. loves turning to God for help when there’s trouble. She attends Junior High in Austin TX enjoys acting, singing and dancing – when not doing homework.
Did you catch the brief but remarkable story about researchers who have concluded (once again) that more and more Americans are praying about their health? As striking as that is, it’s not the big surprise in the latest study.
Here’s what is: as of 2007 the percent of adults who are praying about their health is now at 49 percent — no kidding, about half of the adult population — up from 43 percent in 2002 and 14 percent in 1999. That’s a lot of prayers.
But what about the results? With all that lofty thinking going on are people actually satisfied with the outcome? Apparently so. The researchers commented in their report that a huge majority reported positive experiences. Read More.
Yesterday I was riding my bike. An intuition told me to pressure my breaks immediately. I didn’t do anything. But then i heard it again, to put on my brakes. And this time I listened. Just as I put my brakes on, a squirrel ran right in front of my bike. You should listen to intuition because if you don’t, bad things might happen. You might blame God for the bad stuff, but actually God is always telling us what to do that keeps us safe. Even if something bad does happen, you can pray to God and your prayer can act like an unwinding of the problem.
One day about 25 years ago, while I was watching the news, I saw a report on a terrorist bombing at an international airport. This was just a few days before my daughter, who was 17 years old at the time, was to fly out of that very airport.
I had been praying for my daughter’s safety; however, as I watched the report, I became shocked at the narrowness of my prayers. Even as I felt gratitude that my daughter was not there yet, I felt the chilling nature of the word victim and realized I had accepted that word for others.
It’s generally accepted that people can be victimized by terrorism, civil war, famine, racial strife, political upheaval, crime, and even changing weather patterns. But as I was watching the TV that day, it occurred to me that even as individuals and governments seek better laws, tighter security, peace treaties, and other measures to deal with these circumstances, these proposals, while often helpful, always involve to some extent rearranging material conditions, and therefore can never be the ultimate solution. As a Christian Scientist, I felt a great need to pray more deeply about lasting solutions to uphold safety for everyone. Read the entire article here.
Ah, summer time in Austin, Texas. Are we having fun, yet?
Like many Austinites, you may be ready for a get-away from the heat, from the grind, from school or from work. A summer vacation out of town sure can be inviting. Journeys either near or far beckon us, like an oasis in the desert, sparkling and refreshing and new. Okay, are you ready? Let’s go… with God!
Trips away from the ordinary day-to-day can truly revitalize us, give us a new perspective on our lives, and bring us home with a better attitude and with more peace of mind. I’ve certainly found that very often to be the case. But, on the other hand, stepping out of the comfortably familiar can also often be jarring, cause worry and bring on new challenges that we may be unprepared for. Fortunately, I find that every trip I go on tends to give me precious opportunities to prove that no matter what would appear, no matter where we would be, we are always still home in the familiar, safe, comfortable, and comforting space that Is our “mobile” home: God’s care, guidance, protection, and affection.
It definitely behooves us to get ourselves grounded before we take wing or wheel. We can actively assert and establish our true stability, the very fact that no matter where we roam, we are settled within the Mind of God, an idea under His watchful care, shepherded along our way, never alone, and always accompanied by a familiar companion: God’s love shown through His active and available and healing divine Science. The Truth of our being may be infinite, but it can always fit sufficiently in our carry-on! God’s ideas are immediately accessible, and we will never get out of range of those, no matter how unfamiliar the territory seems to be. The angels are always at the ready.
I love Mary Baker Eddy’s definition of “Ark” in Science and Health:
“Safety;…the understanding of Spirit, destroying belief in matter. God and man coexistent and eternal;…the ark indicates temptation overcome and followed by exaltation.” (page 581)
This spiritual definition can be utilized when we embark on any journey. Our “ark” is our car or truck, a train, a plane, a ship. It is whatever transports us forward into life, into blessings, into the revelation of God’s creation seen newly and with grateful joy, and which also protects us along the way. We are coexistent with God, so we never leave Him, never depart from goodness, Love, wisdom, clarity, peace. These preserving qualities are ours wherever we are, just as the new vistas we behold can never truly depart from us either, even when we come home. They are within Mind to be claimed and re-claimed!
On a recent journey, I was able to prove this healing concept of ark, most specifically the “temptation overcome and followed by exaltation.” I had really looked forward to a return visit to Paris. I fell in love with it and the experience I had there almost three years ago, and I felt the time was right and inspired to go back. I had prayed for safety and peace of mind before the trip and had others supporting me with their prayer as well. I felt confident and ready and the trip proved to be even better than I had imagined—the weather was divine, the place we chose to stay was just right, and I actually achieved the miraculous (to me): I actually GOT AWAY mentally and physically!
As we tearfully but gratefully left the city and the continent and headed back to the United States with Austin (home) as our final destination, I was continuing to pray. Our days and nights in Paris had so naturally led us to unexpected delights, as if God had just said, “No, I think you should turn here, instead of there…Follow me, I know a really sweet spot!….Wait till you see what I’ve created over here!” So, I needed to continue to trust this guidance by my Shepherd/Tour Guide and to know that we would get back to our home pasture safe and sound. In fact, we hadn’t really left it, hadn’t left God’s control, His sanctuary of peace and beauty. We had simply explored it.
Well, I can’t say I completely kept my cool when we arrived in Minneapolis (our connection back to Austin), sailed through customs, only to find that three full terminals in the airport had been shut down completely since that morning due to a power outage. Nothing was moving and lines of distressed passengers swarmed the place. Plus, many areas of the airport were sweltering without the air conditioning running. Argh! I just crossed the ocean, I’m jet-lagged, stiff, smell like a plane and feel like a three-day old rag. No one seemed to know anything, many workers were overwhelmed and rather rude, and all the monitors at the airport still said our departing plane was “on time.” I was about to really lose it. As my family and I paced around and made calls home, I felt the tears of weariness and frustration well up in me. I was afraid I was going to have a melt-down.
And then, I heard a little voice. One of those angels that fit in my carry-on (the one I still had with me) gently caressed me with truth. It said: You are dwelling in harmony, My harmony. Chaos is not allowed here in spite of appearances to the contrary. You are right here and now in the midst of my harmonious action. Relax and be grateful.
That was it! I calmed down right away and realized that real harmony didn’t come from some particular human outcome I hoped for, but was something that could never be lost and never had been! I was still in the ark, still co-existent with God’s governing Principle. I could trust that and let Him reveal His loving plan.
With that thought things improved quickly. No, the power didn’t come back on, but a light did come on in my thought. I was led very naturally to bypass a line of literally hundreds of people waiting or hoping for some answers (no one really had any at that point) and for rescheduling of flights, and found a special telephone for my airline which gave us immediate access to an agent. She re-booked us for the next morning, gave us very helpful and understanding advice about hotel arrangements, and assured us we were “good to go!” And we were!
We went to a hotel close by with free airport transportation, almost immediately went to sleep, woke up refreshed and ready to go (all of us remarked that it was one of the best sleeps we had ever had!). We were exactly on time to catch the first shuttle back to the airport. It was a beautiful, clear morning. The airport was calm and everyone was very kind. It was like an entirely different place! Our flight was on time, comfortable, and I felt really uplifted, inspired, and ready to get back to my life in Austin with renewed vigor. Some especially vital ideas came to me while on that flight and were shared with my traveling companion. The ark was sailing, and the exaltation had begun! We arrived home timely and were met with flowers and welcoming smiles from our family and friends picking us up. The weary heaviness of the previous day was gone and our homecoming was strewn with fresh flowers of love!
So, why not take a vacation! Get in that ark and take a break not only from your usual surroundings, but from a belief that we can ever be out of God’s control or that any part of our lives here or far away can be anything less than just right!
Submitted by our guest blogger, Laura Moliter, who is a Christian Science practitioner, writer, and singer-songwriter living in Austin, TX
The day after Joplin, Mo., was hit by a huge tornado, I was watching a news report of the damage and of the many lives lost. I heard a man from Joplin tell the reporter that all he felt was gratitude because people were driving from hundreds of miles away to come to help. He was so moved by this outpouring of brotherly love that it made him cry. Me, too.
I am often moved to tears when all seems lost, and God is found to be right at hand, showing His uninterrupted love through every brave and generous expression of human love. Because God is Love, He never stops loving. It may not always be easy to be convinced of this when a big, bad thing happens. But it is the nature of God to give us the most help when it is most needed. All that is ever really lost is the fear that sometimes God seems like He has abandoned us. When all seems lost, God is found to be “a very present help in trouble,” as promised by the Bible (Ps. 46:1).
In 1992, I was living with my mom and son in south Florida when hurricane Andrew hit. Although our immediate neighborhood suffered minimal damage, just an hour south of us things had not gone so well. The storm turned out to be much stronger than expected.
Watching a television interview with a man whose house had been totally flattened, I got reassuring proof of God’s always present love. The man and his wife were standing in front of what used to be their house, crying. But through their tears, they expressed much gratitude that they had not been hurt. The house and its contents were just replaceable things that, now, seemed not nearly as important as their protection from injury and death. “Ah,” I thought, “There it is.” There is the loving voice of God speaking louder than the storm. Read the entire article here.
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