Monday, March 25, 2019

A Prayer for This Week (March 25 - 31, 2019)

By Prayerful Living


God, source of light and truth,
You reveal the real and bring understanding to light.
My consciousness emerges into the light of spiritual reality.
God, divine Mind, creator of the universe, help me to know what is real,
that I may be grounded on a foundation of Your truth.
God, help me distinguish reality from unreality, light from darkness.
God, my rock of Truth, I choose to serve you only.
Help me to watch my thoughts and actions and separate the good from the bad.
God, immortal, eternal,
help me to see clearly Your spiritual reality and discern that which is true.
God, everpresent Life,
help me to rise from mortal dreams and know Your unending truth.
Thank you God for Your light, may I see more of Your reality every day.
And so it is. Amen.

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

The Widow of Nain - Weep Not

By Ken G. Cooper

[Luke 7:11-16]

It’s been long years since my husband died
The flowing tears that cried and cried;
The bringing up of our lovely lad
The only thing that kept me glad.

But Oh, dear God, just what is your plan
That I be robbed of my young man?
The deep well of tears that had been dried
Now refilled and my faith sore tried.

Look, my little lad is laid down low
On bitter bier that moves so slow.
Midst torrid heat and the black-dressed flies,
The wailing throng around me cries.

As I walk in step with broken heart,
A sudden feeling makes me start;
I look up and my gaze is quick led
To a white-robed man straight ahead.

How to I explain what I now so feel?  
His look so loving, calm, and real.
Compassion o’erflowing, reaching me;
“Weep not” a command, not empty plea!

Deep grief swept away by tangible Love,
Expectancy strong with this saint from above;
He walks with assurance, touches the bier:
The procession stops from front to rear.

I feel new hope, can this be true?
His perfect Love changing my view!
A future free from barren strife;
A Love that is Eternal Life.

He looks at my son, Love in his eyes:
“Young man, I say unto thee, arise!” 
This is not now a foolish word,
I see it’s death that is absurd!

My son sits up from where he laid dead
The bier is no more a mortal bed.
My son is risen, whole and free!
I see Life, immortality!

The white robed man helps him to get down
Holds our hands in the warmth of his own.
I hug my son tight, can’t let him go
Turn to his saviour and thank him so.

“Weep not!” This message is so strong,
For good is true and doubting wrong!
My life transformed in simple trust:
To follow Christ my humble must.

Weep not again, just shout with joy!
You’ve seen the proof, here is my boy!
God’s Love and Life encompass sight
When we are open to His light!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

God the constant

by J. Denis Glover, CS

Imagine His constancy—
Longer than breath,
Closer than flesh,
Firmer than resistance—
Think of it for a moment.

And when you get up,
It remains;
When you drive and shop,
It remains;
When you forget,
It remains.

Think of that constancy,
Now, for a moment.

Monday, March 18, 2019

A Prayer for This Week (March 18 - 24, 2019)

By Prayerful Living, for "Matter"


God, I love You dearly. Unto You I lift up my heart.
I praise Your wisdom. You know me better than I know myself.
Direct my path in life so that I am not lead astray by materialism.
God, You are omnipresent Spirit.
Help me not to be fooled by the trappings of matter but revel in Your reality.
God, You are omnipotent authority.
Heal me of any false beliefs of human limitation.
Bring to my body and consciousness the sunlight of Truth.
Father-Mother God, You, divine Love meet all my needs.
Show me that I am fed by Your spirit, I do not hunger after the material world.
God, You are infinite Wisdom.
Give me the understanding to know the Truth and be free.
And so it is. Amen.



Sunday, March 17, 2019

Here am I

By Ken G. Cooper

See what God sees. There's nothing else.

There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so
 many?" John 6:9 (see also Matthew 14:17, Mark 6:38, Luke 9:13)

I have followed this man for most of the day.
He came past my village as the sun's warmth was burning through the early mist.
I had just collected some food for our family, five loaves and two fishes. He smiled at me. I joined the growing crowd.

He has stopped again. He is speaking. 
I can hardly see him for the numbers that have gathered and keep growing.

Everyone is listening. 
It is as if he is talking to each of us directly. To everyone, heart to heart.
I can hear everything he is saying.
There is a feeling of love all around.

I think he must be the Messiah.

The sun has now sunk low; there is a coolness in the air.
Someone next to me is hungry, sees the food I am carrying.
"No, it's not for sale".
Somebody else speaks to me: 
"Please come to the Master".

What can he want with me?
All I have is five loaves and two fishes.
"You can have them".

********

Hey, Dad, that was some crowd! There must have been thousands! Someone asked me to meet with Jesus himself and led me to him. He looked at me with such love and asked if I would let him have my basket of food. Oh Mum, I just felt that love so much and somehow knew I wouldn’t lose anything. So I offered it all to him. Everyone had to sit down. Jesus waited for them to be quiet. He then blessed the food, giving thanks to God, and then shared it amongst all the people! I sat at the front, eating, watching in disbelief. When all had eaten, each of his disciples collected a basket of fragments! Dad, he came over to me, took my hands in his, chatted with me. I remember so clearly what he said. That I could never lack, for God is everywhere and sees everything that truly is! That there can be no limitations, only the abundance of good; to believe what I had just seen and to make my life as bountiful as the loaves and fishes!

Mum, Dad, look! He gave them all back to me after everyone was fed! Here are those loaves and fishes!

Here am I.*

“And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.”  Luke 15:31
* see I Sam. 3: 1-19

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Truth Cannot Be Found In Matter

By Anthony J. Whitehouse, CS

THERE IS A FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH required to gain dominion and that axiom is:

TRUTH CANNOT BE FOUND IN MATTER

Obviously matter cannot be truthful or convey an aspect of truth since it is mindless and inanimate.
Look at the issue in practice. You look at a blemish or tumor on the skin and come to the conclusion that there is a cancer. Matter here is attempting to define a truth or formulate a truth when the formulation must actually take place in consciousness.

You are sitting next to someone who suddenly becomes quite psychotic and looses their peace of mind. In both cases, one experiences the mortal mind claim that there is truth in matter when obviously there is not. The truth one experiences is not IN the matter, it is in the ascriber or mortal mind. Only mortal mind formulates the truth it experiences and that formulation is the result of the delusion that matter can convey truth.

One also has to realize that the error of believing that there is truth in matter gives rise to sensuality and its slavery. If the false belief was not there, then the sensuality would not arise because matter cannot convey anything.

Now take the next step and realize that it is impossible for matter to come up with a truth of its own volition. The tumor or screladema one experiences must be a lie of mortal mind precisely because there is no truth in matter.

Mortal mind holds that there is truth in matter and as a result of this false conclusion you have the chaos of mortal existence. Mortal mind starts its garbage every morning by conveying the idea that the the body or matter is tired. It attempts to convey a truth which is dependent on matter for its veracity.

To find healing one must first realize that truth cannot be found in matter because it is only in this realization that one is no longer mesmerized by what looks like matter behaving in an intelligent manner. Once the mesmerism is seen through the healing occurs.

Sure it would be nice to see a rod turned into a snake before ones eyes and vice-versa but we don’t have to have such experiences if we are fully conversant with Divine Science which sets out the rule for us. We just have to think it through. We can see the logic of it and avoid the mesmerism inherent in a belief with holds that matter conveys the truth.

Our dear leader gives us chapter and verse on this point it the following quotations:

We cannot fathom the nature and quality of God's creation by diving into the shallows of mortal belief. We must reverse our feeble flutterings — our efforts to find life and truth in matter — and rise above the testimony of the material senses, above the mortal to the immortal idea of God. These clearer, higher views inspire the God-like man to reach the absolute centre and circumference of his being.
(SH 262:9)

There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter.
(SH 468:9–10)

In the universe of Truth, matter is unknown.
(SH 503:10-11)

The belief that intelligence, Truth, and Love, are in matter and separate from God, is an error; for there is no intelligent evil, and no power besides God, good. God would not be omnipotent if there were in reality another mind creating or governing man or the universe.
(Mis. 36:28)

Is our consciousness in matter or in God? Have we any other consciousness than that of good? If we have, He is saying to us to-day, “Adam, where art thou?” We are wrong if our consciousness is in sin, sickness, and death. This is the old consciousness. In the new religion the teaching is, “He is not here; Truth is not in matter; he is risen; Truth has become more to us, — more true, more spiritual.”
(Mis. 179:8–15)

He is unfit for Truth, and the demonstration of divine power, who departs from Mind to matter, and from Truth to error, in pursuit of better means for healing the sick and casting out error.
(Mis. 268:9)

Whatever simulates power and Truth in matter, does this as a lie declaring itself, that mortals' faith in matter may have the effect of power; but when the whole fabrication is found to be a lie, away goes all its supposed power and prestige.
(Mis. 334:8)

Matter testifies of itself, “I am matter;” but unless matter is mind, it cannot talk or testify; and if it is mind, it is certainly not the Mind of Christ, not the Mind that is identical with Truth.
(Un. 33:10)

Make Time To Pray

By Prayerful Living

MAKE TIME TO PRAY....
We are all busy.
Lots to do.
Much of what we hear about in the news is bad.
We tune it out (or try to).
"Its not my problem, I have plenty of my own."
However, we are all in this together.
We are all "one body, in Christ."

Meister Eckhart the theologian, philosopher and mystic of the 14 century said: "What happens to another, be it bad or good, pain or joy, ought to be as if it happened to you."

That is why it is worthy of our time to pray.
- Shalom Aleichem (Peace be unto you)