This month there is no blog post, I shall be off from 5th August to 29th August and I shall put up a new post in September.
There is a wonderful idea expressed so well in Mary Baker Eddy’s writing, which I have quoted below, and it gives us a sense of who we are, always were and always will be. It is striking to think that we are complete right now. This frees us to live in that Kingdom that the Father Mother God wants for us, has already given us freely and would rejoice to high heaven if we were to take up that exceptional offer. It is their good pleasure and our ultimate joy to do just that.
We are complete and forever expressed. Thank you, God, for that Divine Truth.
Genesis ii. 1. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
Thus the ideas of God in universal being are complete and forever expressed, for Science reveals infinity and the fatherhood and motherhood of Love.
(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 519:7–11)
How empty are our conceptions of Deity! We admit theoretically that God is good, omnipotent, omnipresent, infinite, and then we try to give information to this infinite Mind. We plead for unmerited pardon and for a liberal outpouring of benefactions. Are we really grateful for the good already received? Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more. Gratitude is much more than a verbal expression of thanks. Action expresses more gratitude than speech.If we are ungrateful for Life, Truth, and Love, and yet return thanks to God for all blessings, we are insincere and incur the sharp censure our Master pronounces on hypocrites.
(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 3:17–30)
This paragraph above made me sit up and listen recently. I usually never get past the ‘Are we really grateful…’ part because I thought I was, and am. But on closer inspection I noticed I was actually very grateful for the ‘things’ I have, or have been given. It alerted me that I wasn’t going high enough and being grateful for the very source – Life, Truth and Love. In life we do have things we need so I prayed to understand that if God is All then Life, Truth and Love can supply exactly that, All, and with those qualities available to me (and us all) I can never feel lack, or fear, that I shall be without, whatever normal needs occur. It changed my view and approach from fear (which I now see is ingratitude to God for all She already is) to peace.
A special thanks to the Practitioner who brought me to understanding this subtle but important shift in thought. Over the few weeks that followed I noticed my physical, spiritual and mental needs were being met in very loving and gentle ways, without worry or pleading. I am always in awe of the truths that bubble under and break through the mesmerism of life in such beautiful ways and bless us forever.
Bless you, too.
This love of which I speak is slow to lose patience—
it looks for a way of being constructive.
It is not possessive:
it is neither anxious to impress
nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own importance.
Love has good manners
and does not pursue selfish advantage.
It is not touchy.
It does not keep account of evil
or gloat over the wickedness of other people.
On the contrary, it is glad with all good men when truth
Love knows no limit to its endurance,
no end to its trust,
no fading of its hope;
it can outlast anything.
It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has
In this life we have three great lasting qualities — faith,
hope and love.
But the greatest of them is love.
(I Cor. 13:4-8, 13, J. B. Phillips translation)
Love inspires, illumines, designates and leads the way
(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary `baker Eddy p 454)
One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, “Love thy neighbor as thyself;” annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.
(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 340:23)
O gentle presence, peace and joy and power;
O Life divine, that owns each waiting hour,
Thou Love that guards the nestling’s faltering flight!
Keep Thou my child on upward wing tonight.
(Christian Science Hymnal, No. 207:1)
I love that we get to start over each day. We don’t have to carry over our mistakes. It’s the same for the New year. No carrying on in the same ways that don’t work but a chance to be closer to God. Clearer at receiving Her gifts. Expectant of ongoing and abundant love, provision, supply, ideas, assistance, uplift. And more!
It’s always there. We can choose to make better choices every day. And every day see the benefit of that.
I like this quote from the Bible: ‘And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten …’ (Joel 2:25). So that even when we do make mistakes and they cost us in some way, the very next day(or moment) we have a chance to make a different choice about how we think and behave, and then to act like we are the children of God, joint heirs with Christ and as such live and enjoy the infinite wonders of the Father’s Kingdom which is his pleasure to give us.
At all times, in beautiful ways we can’t always fathom.
This makes me sigh with awe. I hope it does you, too! ~ Blessings.
Blessings to you all this Christmas time,
this quiet time,
this holiday time.
Sometimes it’s hard to stay where we are with our challenges and trials, and not want to pack our bags and move to the Garden of Eden, spending time looking at the flora and fauna, chatting with friends and enjoying wonderful inspiration while we stroll around in such heavenly surroundings.
I have learned that the whole point of life is to bring this sense of the Garden of Eden into our experience as we go through those challenges and realise we are so loved by God, so held by Her peace and harmony, so very protected with that Divine armour, always led to Truth and Principle, always capable of what we need to do, even if we don’t think so at the time.
It can seem as if the Garden is just behind a veil or a mist or fog, and while we work towards uncovering more of God’s kingdom, more of Spiritual man, more of his blessings we can sense that unreality just fading away and what we knew and had all the the time makes itself known.
This week I had a glimpse of that while working on a challenge myself. As I prayed, I understood that the only power was God’s and the only effect of that power would have to be good. I wasn’t trying to fix a thing, but fix my thinking. The mist that had blocked my way and clouded my view began to clear and I found myself metaphorically in the Garden of Eden again.
This hymn helped:
God’s eternal Word is spoken,
Piercing mists, around, above;
Of eternal might the token,
Emblem of eternal Love;
Out of darkness, world-enthralling,
Into Light, O hear it calling.
Word of God, O Word eternal,
May we hear thy living voice,
Learn the power of Love supernal,
Learn obedience,-and rejoice;
God’s commands forever heeding,
Follow where His love is leading.
(Christian Science Hymnal, No. 84:1, 2)
I hope you spend more time in the Garden of Eden, too.
Sometimes we can feel like we are privileged to know Christian Science and avail ourselves of the wonders it offers. While that can be the case, privilege also is a separation. Privilege is for a select few. At first when I thought of this word, I thought it was a good thing, a recognition of the specialness of something. One definition is, but it is also:
A right or benefit to some people and not to others
A special opportunity to do something that makes you proud
The advantage that wealthy and powerful people have over other people in society
It led me to reiterate in my prayers that we are all God’s children. We all have access to the good that God bestows. No one is, or can be, left out. It is an impossibility. There is no privilege of any sort. We are absolutely and wholly a part of the awe-inspiring creation that brings us all together under one Love, one Life, in joy.
Mary Baker Eddy says: One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, “Love thy neighbor as thyself;” annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.
(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 340:23)