Monday, October 21, 2019

A Prayer For This Week (October 21 - 27, 2019)

By Prayerful Living

Thank You God, for my growing understanding of Your allness and of Life eternal.
Divine Love, You as Mother dispel my fear and lead me away from sin.
Divine Truth, You release my thought from the belief of life as existing in matter.
The tenacity of error does not hold me in bondage to the belief in death.
The bounds of a mortal life span do not define or limit my life.
I am free from the sepulcher of materiality - not entombed in its seeming limitations.
Divine Presence, I am spiritually awakened.
I know that death is no factor or steppingstone in this growth spiritward.
I embody qualities of loving-kindness, purity, integrity, sincerity, fearlessness,
joy, and intelligence.
I know these spiritual attributes cannot be restricted to human personality,
and in demonstrating that which is real, I put on immortality.
With the help of Your angel messengers, the stone of false mortal sense is rolled away
and am roused to the true and imperishable identity as Your divine, spiritual reflection.
Glory be to You, Father God. Your power and goodness are manifested.
And so it is, Amen.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

A Prayer For This Week (October 14 - 20, 2019)

By Prayerful Living

Thank you, God. Through Your incalculable love, illustrated by Christ Jesus,
 I celebrate my sense of at-one-ness with You.
I refuse to be identified with all that is unlike You, ever-present Spirit.
I have been touched by the redeeming action of Your dear Christ,
the true idea voicing good, and recognize my relationship to You, divine Love.
Guided by immutable Truth, I stand up to the suggestions of error.
I find release from the bondage of disease and sin and am healed.
Father-Mother God, my relationship to You is restored in my heart.
I reside in Your divine Presence.
I emulate Jesus’ example to love all as You and he have loved us.
“Love one another” is my anthem. I am blessed and strive to bless others.
And so it is, Amen.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Treatment ideas for October 12, 2019

By Julio C. Rivas, CS

So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. ... 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! -- KJ, II Cor. 5: 16, 17

"As a drop of water is one with the ocean ... even so God and man, Father and son, are one in being." -- Eddy

Treatment/Healing: Love-Life's hegemony declares that we are sown into its fabric of eternal perfection. This Christly cognition is washing away a finite, sin-sickness-ladened vew of existence. Our eternal excellence (although it seems new and distant to human belief) is overlording our quotidian experience.

Julio C. Rivas, CS, is a Christian Science practitioner in Los Angeles, California. Connect with Julio»

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

A Prayer For This Week (October 7 - 13, 2019)

By Prayerful Living

Father-Mother God, Your reality is all the is real.
Help me to not be deceived by mortal mind, and false belief,
but to know and understand Your Truth, divine Presence.
Help me to not be deceived by false gods, divine Spirit,
that I shall never fall into the sinful snares of error.
My spiritual selfhood is diseaseless, sinless, ageless, fetterless, free from everything unlike good.
Divine Love, help me to not be deceived by sickness and fear.
I can never be separated from You, Father-Mother God. You are closer than the air I breathe.
I am alert, and I am awake.  I am healed by yielding to Your Truth.
Divine Life, help me to not be deceived by the belief of death.
You, God, are Life eternal. Through Christ’s example, I conquer the claims of mortality.
Thank You, Father, for your ever-presence, guarding, guiding, cherishing Your beloved children.
And so it is, Amen.

Monday, September 30, 2019

The Ultimate Wild Goose Chase

By Anthony J. Whitehouse, CS

There is one stunt that error pulls which is wonderfully devious and distracting. It presents one with a challenge and then insists that there must be a cause to the problem, so that one then goes cause hunting.

And therein lies the rub ( to quote Shakespeare). Error does not actually have cause but error pretends that is does so that it can engross you in the hunt.

The reason error does not have a cause is that it just a misstatement of truth. If you are presented with the argument that 2+2=5 there is no actual cause behind the error . It is simply a misstatement of the truth that 2+2=4. There is no point in trying to figure out the reason for the misstatement. And yet error compounds the mesmerism of illness by maintaining that it must have a cause ... and one ends up on the wild goose chase. Especially when one cannot actually find a cause.

When confronted with deafness or blindness, the human solution lies in figuring out the cause so it can be corrected. The divine response is to maintain the truth of being in which there is no loss or deterioration of faculties.

When the disciples confronted Jesus, as reported in John:
as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
(John 9:1–4)
When you correct the punctuation in the last verse you can understand the point being made
Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents. But that the works of God should be made manifest in him, I must work the works of him that sent me.

Jesus absolutely refuses to get into attributing cause but rather says “Attribute all power to God” and that Truth is then manifest.

So healing follows the refusal to figure out cause, but by knowing the Truth which the error is trying to hide or negate.

One of the great obfuscations is that error must have a cause. Proverbs 26 refutes this
2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
Mary Baker Eddy adds in Christian Healing:
Contending for the reality of what should disappear is like furnishing fuel for the flames. Is it a duty for any one to believe that “the curse causeless cannot come”? Then it is a higher duty to know that God never cursed man, His own image and likeness. God never made a wicked man; and man made by God had not a faculty or power underived from his Maker wherewith to make himself wicked.
Anthony J. Whitehouse, CS, is a Christian Science practitioner in Coppet, Switzerland. Connect with Anthony»


Sunday, September 29, 2019

Treatment ideas for September 28, 2019

By Julio C. Rivas

. . . We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. (KJ, Eph. 4: 14)

Prayer/Healing: My (our) eternal self is a revealing of the perfect All, the infinite Ego-Principle. This ever-active-demonstrable Perfectness-Reality centers me, shelters me, empowers me, and drives me. I am eviscerating the clever, yet impotent, charades of flesh-fooled thinking.

Julio C. Rivas, CS, is a Christian Science practitioner in Los Angeles, California. Connect with Julio»

Friday, September 27, 2019

Treatment ideas for September 25, 2019

By Julio C. Rivas, CS

“Like a thundering river, the riches will come down. Like a toddler, you’ll be held, carried, nourished, and comforted. 13 As a mother soothes her child, so I will comfort you.” (V, Is. 66: 12-13)

Realization/Healing: "Omnipotent Love-Munificence, Your all-encompassing womb of goodness is sheltering, soothing, nourishing and developing me. You are clearing away afflictions, and compounding my wellbeing, love-relationships, and victories.

Julio C. Rivas, CS, is a Christian Science practitioner in Los Angeles, California. Connect with Julio»