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»

Thursday, September 26, 2019

A Prayer For This Week (September 23 - 29, 2018)

By Prayerful Living

Divine Spirit, glory be to Your holy city, the divine consciousness.
Yours is the reality I seek: wholly spiritual, limitless, the only substance.
Help me to realize Your “New Jerusalem,” Your kingdom of heaven.
Everlasting Father, You are the eternal builder to the Life
which mortal sense cannot impair nor mortal belief destroy.
Divine Mind, only through your pure thoughts can I grasp
the beauty, sublimity, and light of the holy city, Your reality.
I long for a state of mind where there is no consciousness of materiality,
no material sense, no belief in a worldly existence,
and where a pure spiritual sense of existence is discerned to be the only reality.
Understanding Your spiritual reality brings me great peace.
Thank you Father-Mother - through Your perfect model, the city foursquare,
I am conscious of Your infinite, eternal, perfect universe.
And so it is, Amen.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Treatment Ideas for September 21, 2019

By Julio C. Rivas CS

Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. — KJ, Ps. 143: 10

Understanding/Healing: All-commandeering Harmony-Potency, You are the maximum determiner — the generator of perfection, life, love, beauty and riches. Therefore, we are Your outstanding outcome. This understanding syncs us with Your perfect will, goodness, power, and triumph, and this process beautifies our experience.

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

In the Spirit: It's time to take wing

By Gail Miller

People of all faiths and traditions cherish spirituality. I’ve been learning through my study of Christian Science that spirituality includes the ability to see the spiritual idea of something in God’s creation — right where it appears to be a merely material thing.

For instance, mountains represent the idea of stability and grandeur. A lion symbolizes strength. A home represents safety, a sense of being surrounded by love.

For me, one of the clearest symbols in God’s creation is a bird. I love birds. Not as a bird-watcher who is knowledgeable about the distinct colors, songs and characteristics of birds (I wish!), but as a spiritual seeker who finds in these winged creatures a symbol for what might be called “winged” thoughts.

Winged thoughts! – thoughts that are uplifted, inspired, expectant, grateful – are a pathway to healing.

Birds can teach us how to deal with the challenges of daily life. Because, what do they do? They constantly fly above earth! They rise up. They soar. And sing!

“The fowls, which fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven,” writes Mary Baker Eddy, “correspond to aspirations soaring beyond and above corporeality to the understanding of the incorporeal and divine Principle, Love.” (“Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” Page 511)
Birds symbolize thoughts moving from the terrestrial (earthly limitations) into the celestial (heavenly, infinite possibilities). And experience teaches us that this elevated thought is what is so needed to win our way from sorrow, illness and daily troubles into freedom and joy.

It’s lifting our consciousness away from the body and trials into the contemplation of Spirit, God, that leads to healing.

I’ve been noticing in the Bible how often Christ Jesus, when he healed someone, began with such words as “rise up,” “arise.” He said to the lame man at the pool of Bethesda: “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.” (John 5:8.)

This account shows us that we don’t have to do this lifting of thought all by ourselves. It’s the Christ power that comes right to us – not personal will and determination – that lifts up our thought and experience.

Many people of all faiths practice in various ways this yielding to a higher power. They turn from fear and frustration, and like the birds, turn their gaze upward. They spread their wings of courage and trust in God.

From this higher standpoint, one is better able to see how to help others. Or where to roll up one’s sleeves and take the needed steps to progress.

It is a time of many tragedies and sorrows in the world. But one thing that is also evident in the news is that disaster situations bring out a deep capacity in people to rise up out of hopelessness in order to buoy and help one another.

As God’s children, his image and likeness, we naturally have built within us spiritual inspiration. We have the spiritual capacity to have hope in trying times. This hymn verse puts it this way:
My life flows on in endless song;
Above earth’s lamentation…
… It finds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing?
(Christian Science Hymnal, Hymn 533)

Gail Miller is a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
This article was originally published in The Daily News,  Newburyport, MA.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Treatment Ideas for September 18, 2019

By Julio C. Rivas CS

He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” -- KJ, Mark 5: 34

Vision/Healing: Harmony-Truth amplifies our understanding of its comprehensiveness and dominance, and our oneness with it. We become more deeply entwined with supernal wholeness, and this washes away our sufferings.

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

Message received...

By Danielle Williams

His glory to me may have seemed invisible at the time, but this now solidifies God's ever presence...

Have you ever had a day of many feelings or insights? A day where you were convinced, if you had played the lottery today, it would have been your day... Only to be followed by the longest moment of ugly crying in the shower. Where your worn and tattered self can do nothing... but let the salty tears leave your eyes and make their great escape.

In those moments, I usually reach deep, ask why, I beg to be healed and for my chipped heart to be mended. Ultimately, hoping for it to be pieced back together... Then and only then, to wonder why it hadn’t gone as planed.... Why my prayers had gone unanswered.

Well... tonight was a little different. This moment fell into my thoughts, like a whisper finding a warm ear to canvas. This time, I took my gracious 2 steps back, I fell to knees, and I simply said thank you.. I decided to let my heart ache for this time, for surely it would pass ~as it always does, and I began listing off all the learning I had done and the gifts I have received, through the pain I had endured. I decided to Let. It. Go. To give it to God, and surrendered for the sake of healing, growth, reflection and love.

Today’s moment of humbled weakness, shook my soul awake. And my little piece of momentous proof, is in the foggiest of mirrors with the clearest of messages revealed and received... A Smile!.. Life will be as it should... Because there is NO ERROR with God, especially when your children draw happiness through the mist, because of their innocence.

His glory to me may have seemed invisible at the time, but this now solidifies God's ever presence...
Always present, even when all is well, but extra present when needed, even when faint.
Thank you

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A Prayer For This Week (September 16 - 22)

By Prayerful Living

Father-Mother God, I know You are the only true God.
Daily I strive not to make idols of material things.
Help me to maintain a prayerful watchfulness in my thought.
My faith is in You, divine Presence, not in matter.
Your reality is wholly spiritual and I reside as Your idea, God.
Divine Mind, You are the only cause, the only power.
Knowing this, I work to place no power in things material.
My Soul-sense points to You, divine Life, as my only life.
I reject any sense of a mortal, material “I” separate from the one I AM, God.
Divine Truth, I bow only to You, not to things temporal.
Thank you Spirit, my spiritual understanding grows clear and brighter each day.
I pray these words from a grateful heart.
And so it is, Amen.

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Sunday, September 15, 2019


By Anthony J. Whitehouse, CS

...but human existence claims that we are always subject to constraints, that joy and happiness can be curtailed. Human existence is a sense of absent freedom, a sense of being fettered.

In that one statement we see the whole of our practice is to realise that perpetual freedom from all sickness and limitation must be the status quo precisely because God's nature is perpetually free of all constraint. The Divine Mind is devoid of any sense of restraint, compromise or curtailment. It always operates unchained.

If we do not taste our own perpetual freedom it is because we neither understand God as the nature of perpetual freedom nor do we understand that that freedom is ours by way of reflection. We are what HE is, unfettered being.

We must not indulge sin because it curtails our freedom.

We are ALWAYS free as a matter of divine law since the Divine Mind is always free. That freedom is a function of the nature of the Divine Mind , not a function of our own reasoning.

Now look at the cost of not understanding the freedom inherent in the Divine Mind, as given to us by Mrs Eddy:

Jesus did his work, and left his glorious career for our example. On the shore of Gennesaret he tersely reminded his students of their worldly policy. They had suffered, and seen their error. This experience caused them to remember the reiterated warning of their Master and cast their nets on the right side. When they were fit to be blest, they received the blessing. The ultimatum of their human sense of ways and means ought to silence ours. One step away from the direct line of divine Science cost them — what? A speedy return under the reign of difficulties, darkness, and unrequited toil.
Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy p.212:6

The direct line of divine Science is perpetual freedom inherent in Mind.

The human so-called experience is only the fruit of the false belief that Mind can lose its sense of freedom. How can God demonstrate state His unfettered being to a mind which feels fettered and constrained ? That is the whole problem for mortal man. He needs to loose his belief in FETTERDOM in order to experience the unfettered nature or healing inherent in the Divine Mind.Mortal mind is perpetually plying us with scenarios which evidence fetterdom and lack. But these things can be set aside if only we drop the belief in fetterdom. Look what Moses achieved before the Red Sea when he refused to accommodate the belief in entrapment or lack of freedom. You are ALWAYS free.

Anthony J. Whitehouse, CS, is a Christian Science practitioner in Coppet, Switzerland. Connect with Anthony»

Wednesday, September 11, 2019


By Anthony Whitehouse, CS

This may seem like a terrible truism but I realized recently that ignoring this truth is endemic to the human mind. The human mind is obsessed with the idea both that there IS something beyond God i.e. outside of His remit and beyond as in the sense of outside of or further than. Surely there can be nothing further or beyond the infinite?

Let me set out the toxic nature of the thoughts this belief it engenders:
  • The situation in Syria is beyond the capacities of God to do anything about it
  • The state of our church and its members is beyond recovery. 
  • We are not going to survive
  • The chronic illness I have is beyond the power of God
  • Such is the behavior of my children that they seem beyond redemption
  • My old age and poverty seems totally beyond God’s salvation
  • Healing blindness and deafness is beyond God.
In all these thoughts where is the real problem? It is in the belief that there is something beyond God when of course this just cannot be the case.

And now the interesting and deceptive facet of the human mind comes into play. We have to realize that the only reason these apparent “unsolvable issues” exist is precisely because of the human belief in a “beyond. As hard as it may seem, we and others are simply the victim of a belief in the “beyond” because if we did not believe in a “beyond” then the evidence of that belief would not appear. Evil and error are the product of this belief.

Destroy the belief in a “beyond” and immediately thought sees the impossibility of anything standing in the face of an all-inclusive and immediate God who is omni-present. Instinctively you will start to sense the enormity of God’s infinite nature and His inclusiveness to the point that nothing can be outside of Mind. Everything must be included in Mind because God is Mind and there can be nothing BEYOND Mind.Error will still hold out the myth of “ beyondness” but that is all it can ever be. When we conceptually understand ( and we have to start with the conceptual construct ) that there is no “ out there” but only the ever-present here our sense of being is transformed because it is a sense of being which includes everything and excludes nothing. And although we may not fully appreciate how that sense of inclusiveness destroys the myth and evidence of “beyond” we should not hold back from applying the truth in question. Mankind needs to see our demonstration of inclusiveness in operation.We encounter one of the problems inherent in “beyondness “in the appearance of disease.

We are happily going about our daily routine only to find a large lump growing on our body. Our first reaction is “Where did that come from? “ And “How could that have happened “. The origin of the problem is shrouded in mystery. There seems to be no rational reason for its appearance. It seems “beyond” our understanding. This is where evil has effectively unfolded its own lie. It (the human mind) basically admits that the situation is beyond reason and cause i.e. God. The problem has appeared out of the great unknown or the “beyond “ and in admitting that to itself it allows the enlightened Christ consciousness to consign it straight back there with the understand that there is no “ beyond”.

You no longer have to accept the belief in a “beyond” either for yourself or others. If you don’t think that the destruction of this belief won’t have an impact you are in for a big surprise.

The principle that there is nothing beyond God is powerful because it has the nature of law. We know that Divine Law must have hegemony because it is His law and His laws necessarily impose themselves. When we know this as a matter of His law then we see the unfoldment, not because we understand how the law operates but because we know His law has dominion and does operate. I don’t know how the law of buoyancy operates but I know that it does operate. The same is true of the laws of God. There is nothing beyond His reign.

Anthony J. Whitehouse, CS, is a Christian Science practitioner in Coppet, Switzerland. Connect with Anthony»

Monday, September 9, 2019


By Anthony J. Whitehouse, CS

It is our bemusement with error, our curiosity with whether eating the forbidden fruit is really that big a deal which gets us into trouble. Rather than being bemused with error we need to dwell on absolute Truth and the perfection of being because, absent such dwelling, error will keep us well occupied with various intriguing bemusements. An activity formally known as mesmerism within the movement.

If you start experiencing stomach pains, the unprepared mind is going to start looking for causes and figuring out solutions, even metaphysical solutions, rather than avoiding the bemusement the challenge represents. After all, if you are rummaging around in an illusion, you are not dwelling on truth and perfection of being. It may appear legitimate to ask “how I am going to deal with this" but it is actually just bemusement. It is the bemusement that needs avoiding.

The man by the pool of Bethesda spent 30 years bemused by the idea of getting into the pool first. Jesus disabused him of such bemusement and he took up his bed and walked. So rather than trying to resolve an issue, avoid the bemusement it represents.

The word bemuse is interesting:

bemuse (v.)
"to make utterly confused, put into muse or reverie, muddle, stupefy," from be- + muse (compare amuse); attested from 1735 but probably older, as Pope (1705) punned on it as "devoted utterly to the Muses."

But the verb muse is more relevant to my argument

muse (v.)
"to reflect, ponder, meditate; to be absorbed in thought," mid-14c., from Old French muser (12c.) "to ponder, dream, wonder; loiter, waste time," which is of uncertain origin; the explanation in Diez and Skeat is literally "to stand with one's nose in the air" (or, possibly, "to sniff about" like a dog who has lost the scent), from muse "muzzle," from Gallo-Roman *musa "snout," itself a word of unknown origin. The modern word probably has been influenced in sense by muse (n.). Related: Mused; musing.

Anthony J. Whitehouse, CS, is a Christian Science practitioner in Coppet, Switzerland. Connect with Anthony»

A Prayer For This Week (September 9 - 15, 2019)

By Prayerful Living

I am so grateful that I recognize You “in the midst” of my being, God.
Mother Love, each day I draw myself closer to You.
I gain spiritual confidence through Your unfaltering, sustaining Love.
Divine Mind, I reflect the consciousness of Your illimitable, substantial ideas.
These right ideas constitute my supply.
Because I am Your idea, my true substance is Spirit, never matter.
I am never separated from Your infinite and immeasurable substance.
The knowledge of this oneness brings about healing.
Your true substance is manifested in spiritual understanding and Christly living,
which come as a result of my prayer, study, and regeneration.
I dwell in the consciousness of peace, joy, and contentment.
This evidence of You, Father-Mother, gives me faith.
And so it is, Amen.

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Treatment Ideas for September 7, 2019

By Julio C. Rivas, CS

...holy, the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of his glory. — KJ, Is. 6: 3
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. ... 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. — KJ, Acts 1: 2, 4

Concord/Healing: All-Love-Power, You permeate all being with Your excellence. Hence, Pentecostal moments are those wherein we submit to our inward God-excellence. This releases such spiritual energy that our bodies, sentiments and behavior become Your utterance.

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

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

A Prayer For This Week (September 2 - 8, 2019)

By Prayerful Living

Divine Spirit, You are my creator, the only source.
I give up the false picture of life in matter.
Through meekness and purity that pierce the Adam mist,
I awaken to my spiritual selfhood and behold the light of Truth.
As I gain an understanding that I am Your idea, the image of Love,
I wrestle with material belief until its unreality dawns on me.
Your angel messengers reveal my true nature.
I drop personal sense for Christlike thinking and living.
God, good, is my true heritage – not the laws of heredity.
Through You, divine Love, I have been spiritually reborn.
Thank You, Father-Mother for Your blessing of
radiant joy, eternal beauty, and immutable peace.
And so it is, Amen.

Friday, August 30, 2019

A prayer of protection


Dear Lord Precious Lord, God of the heavens: nature and all that You have created are truly awesome, Lord. Often, we; take these wonders for granted. Teach us to cherish all of your gifts.

Try as we might, we know that we cannot control the oceans, the mountains, the weather. We also firmly believe that ever since the time of Noah, You do not send floods, make the earth shake, or dispatch weather formations, such as hurricanes, as warnings or punishments.

So we ask, as this hurricane approaches land and approaching our brothers and sisters, that You shelter all who will be in its path. Watch over everyone, their loved ones, friends, and fellow people, many of whom are preparing to evacuate. Guard them as they prepare, perhaps to leave their homes again. Give them strength, courage, and resolve to ride out this storm; answer their prayers and ours that they be blessed with goodness and be spared from harm.

Blessed are You, Source of Life and Nature, whose awesome power and strength fill our world and inspire us to be strong in the face of all of life's difficulties.

- Rabbi Fred Guttman

Monday, August 26, 2019

A Prayer For The Week _August 26 - September 1, 2019)

By Prayerful Living

(Words in italic are from "Feed My Sheep" by Mary Baker Eddy}

Shepherd, show me how to go
    Christ Jesus, you are my way-shower.
    Lead me on the right path.
O'er the hillside steep,
    You help lift me over life’s challenges.
     My frightened sense gives way to your Christ-power.
How to gather, how to sow,--
    You show me how to harvest the good from seeds of truth planted.
     As a child of God, I share the Mind of Christ.
How to feed Thy sheep;
      I am sustained by the Comforter, God’s unspeakable gift.
      Through Christ, I and all around me are fed by God’s spiritual ideas.
I will listen for Thy voice,
      I listen for the Christ truth, God’s spiritual ideal,
      awakening my consciousness from mortal delusion.
Lest my footsteps stray;
       Through Christ’s guiding truth, I have dominion over evil.
       Thank you for keeping me free from the temptations of error.                             
I will follow and rejoice
      As your disciple, I drop my nets of mortal selfhood and joyfully follow you.
      I feel the blessing of the Christ presence and know all good is the only reality.
All the rugged way.
      No matter the situation, the divine saving influence of the Christ is ever at hand.
      As in Jesus’ time and before, the Christ is the same today and forever.
And so it is, Amen.

Monday, August 19, 2019

A Prayer For This Week (August 19 - 25, 2019)

By Prayerful Living

Lord God, teach me, Your student, of Your glorious reality.
All-harmonious Mind, You are constantly revealing Yourself to Your creation.
Omnipresent Intelligence, You are the source of all understanding and inspiration.
Infinite Wisdom, thank You for Your words which bring true knowledge and insight.
Humbly I open my consciousness and am receptive to Your truth.
I subordinate my human will, wisdom and personal sense to Your will and wisdom Lord,
as a transparency of the divine Mind, the only true Mind and cause.
As I strive to be more spiritually-minded, I think of spiritual things —
of goodness, beauty, truth, and love — leading to right living, happiness and health.
I align my thought with the Mind which Christ Jesus so perfectly reflected.
I am supported and uplifted by the angel-throng of Your thoughts, divine Love.
I AM the reflection and perfect expression of Mind.
And so it is, Amen.

Monday, August 12, 2019

A Prayer For This Week (August 12 - 18, 2019)

By Prayerful Living

Dear Father-Mother God,
I bless Your name for all that You do, all that You are.
God, good, divine substance, infinite intelligence,
You know me and love me. Thank you, God, for carrying my burdens
I feel Your face shine upon me, Source, Guide and Sustainer.
You keep me close within the peace and security
of Your kingdom of heaven – in the atmosphere of Soul.
I love being spiritually aware of Your bountiful creation, Spirit.
You, divine Soul, are the presence of good which is ever blessing me.
Mother-Love, help me to express spiritual-mindedness.
Help me to reflect Your joy, beauty, purity, grace, love and gentleness.
You are the one God, and I love You with all my heart,
mind and innermost being. I AM the expression of Soul.
And so it is, Amen.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

SOUL: True Nourishment

By Ken G. Cooper

GOD opened the DAY with new love.
It didn't matter what had gone before:
The needs of yesterday were passed, a fresh day was here,
For each began with SOUL inspired desires to share all-good:
Seeking God's angel messages of what best to do,
In the quietness of Love, we always knew.

At breakfast time fresh LOVE was always served.
There were no left-overs: present needs had present thoughts.
Love listens and responds to each individual requirement,
For every need is different, already catered for by Mind,
Whose wisdom had already provided what best to do.
In the quietness of Love, we always knew.

Lunch has its different wishes and claims and times.
For some, fresh “SOUL” was quite a meal,
Served with care and, as felt, meeting the silent plea of others.
The warm smile and gentle laughter gave nourishment anew;
The food thus served was quite what best to do.
In the quietness of Love, we always knew.

And come the evening, Love still took control:
No pattern made, but seeking fresh and tender guide
The outreach pure and instant could not hide, -
The evidence was ever MAN MADE WHOLE!
All nourishment thus given was simply the best we knew.
Blessed by the love of SOUL! What GOD does do!

“My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus”
Philippians 4:19 my

"Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind…."
Mary Baker Eddy

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Monday, August 5, 2019

A Prayer For This Week (August 5 - 11, 2019)

By Prayerful Living

Divine Spirit, my heart overflows with praise for You.
I am filled with joy from my innermost being, my eternal heritage.
Through spiritual sense I strive to understand Your truth, God.
Help me to turn away from the false testimony of the material senses.
God, Yours is the substance of good, the substance of Spirit, not matter.
In Your reality infinite Spirit, I am wholly spiritual, Your reflection.
Thank you “Abba”, Father, for Your sense of renewal and freedom.
As I spiritualize my thought, I emerge gently to see the truth that You, God,
are the only presence and power.
Nothing can ultimately prevent or delay my forward progress.
I drop away old habits and limited ways of thinking. I am uplifted.
I claim the spiritual qualities of intelligence, joy, unselfishness, goodness.
And so it is, Amen.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

The Gadarene

By Ken G. Cooper

[Mark 5:1-20; Luke 8:26-39]

Let me tell you my story. I was a proud young man , – intent to show my worth to family and village. I received good training, was married and had children. The synagogue was my second home, and my prayers deep and devout. But somehow, I never met my high ambition. Never achieved what I expected or what was expected of me.
I’ll tell you: some habits are no good and self-pity is one of the worst. I found myself caught in a deep rut, deeper than you could ever imagine, banging against the sides, unable to turn around, unable to escape the sporadic tumbling forward, with the utter helplessness of seeming to be controlled by something else, being led I knew not where, unable to change direction, hating myself for not caring what I might do. Self-pity consumed me, like an army of hungry ants gnawing away at the inner core of a once proud tree, leaving it hollow. Frustration and anger and emptiness made me lose my mind. I became dangerous to all around me and was cast out to protect those I loved and those I didn’t even know.

I lived in the wilderness, and my world was mountains and tombs, tombs and mountains. The chains with which they bound me could not withstand my rage. My strength frightened me. In bitterness and guilt, I would smash the rocks and tombstones and no man could or even dared to stop me. Over time, the clothes ragged off my body, blown thin by the mountain wind. For up in the clear air it was glorious, – I felt a freedom away from everything, – I would run and jump, skip and laugh out loud with the scant grass and burnt-out bushes as companions, feeling at one with nature, the pure happiness of life as it can be. But it never lasted. I would descend once more down, down the slopes. Bitter contrast. Even the unclean swine were my friends, secretly being fattened on the hidden hillsides for the black-market traders. I knew all about them: I felt I knew everything. I did not care. Here was I, free, but trapped more thoroughly than any prison or chain could bind. Often, I would slump against a tombstone, worn out yet exhilarated, lonely and looking for danger to end my life, cutting myself with stones out of spite against myself and God, daring Him to kill me, but all the time knowing that somehow God loved me, was there, waiting for me.
Then came the day that changed everything. I remember the ferocious storm that came from nowhere. The wind and rain blowing, lashing, pushing me along the shore. The rain stung on my naked flesh, and through the squall I could just make out boats on the sea, being tossed like corks. I made the effort to stand still, hand up to my eyes, willing them to sink while yet praying for their safety, dancing with delight at the futility of everything and nothing.

The boat in the front was in the greatest difficulty. I could see fisherman hanging on for their lives, – a few of them were making their way to the prow. One bent down, and I could see someone getting up. Though the winds were fierce, I swear that boat stopped rocking! I rubbed my eyes through the rain. The waves didn’t crash into it, but somehow seemed to move round as though it wasn’t there! A man stood up, stretched out his arms, and the storm ceased completely. Every boat was calm. How I wish you could have been there with me, seen too what I saw. I tell you it was no coincidence. One followed the other. Immediately. Suddenly. Heavy clouds that had covered the sky just rolled back and disappeared. The wild waves that moments before had crashed ‘gainst the shoreline gone, just lapping quietly, tinged white against the khaki-sand and now clear-blue sky. Had I imagined it? My wet skin and dripping hair gave proof of the storm that was no dream! My eyes and the warm sun spoke of a new horizon. Mountains and tombs, tombs and mountains. Storm or peace. Peace, no storm. What was real? My thoughts were all over the place. The boats were landing. 
The man that stilled the storm got out with the fisherman all round him. I was sufficiently close to see his features. In a flash of insight, I suddenly knew who he was. Recognition overtook my consciousness. I knew that he would read me! Would lay bare my demon thoughts. I feared the truth, whatever that might be. I ran down towards him, barely a hundred yards, shouting and yelling, the mad man from the tombs in full cry! He might control the storm, but he won’t control me! I didn’t want to be healed, yet I yearned to be free. I wanted to get rid of him, yet I knew he was my master. Even as I ran towards him, I knew that the power he expressed was invincible, but that didn’t stop me.
He showed no fear.
He called out, addressing the error and not me, calling for the evil spirits to leave me. The power of his command, his total lack of fear, stopped me in my tracks just yards from him and his disciples. I knelt to the ground. And I felt as though a voice not mine answered back to him:
 “What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not.”
Even as I spoke those words and looked in his eyes, I felt a glorious battle taking place in my thoughts, – all the demons of my past ranged against the simple standard of his unity with God. He asked me my name and again I heard my answer “Legion”, a final throw at him of all the spirits and goblins in my mind, a final attempt to outnumber and challenge his authority. My legion would outnumber him. Yet he stayed so calm, – what was I compared to the mighty storm! Once more he raised his arm, this time to the storm in my head and not the sky. He extended his hand towards my head, and then towards the herd of swine on the hillside in a throw-away gesture. It was if he was saying “Look and behold! God’s power and goodness are infinite! His is the only power, and the only true power we have is by reflection. His goodness is supreme. Share my understanding and be whole!”    And the storm inside me ceased. Was gone.

The pigs leapt and danced, ran in to each other, squealing, scrabbling madly. The swineherds could not control them. They gathered pace down the slope, sliding, falling, crashing down into the sea. Not one was left.
Not one was left, my friend. All the fears, torments, the self-pity and latent violence, all gone. Not just removed from me to live again, but destroyed. It was as though the whole area around us had not just witnessed the stilling of the tempest but also the absolute destruction of all that was wrong or not under the control of the infinite God. Infinite and exception don’t exist.

Jesus was smiling at me. That’s the real point of what I am saying. Where the storm was, he saw peace and calm. Where I was, he saw not a mad man, intent on murder and self-mutilation, but God’s child. Which was true? He smiled because he loved and knew what he saw, and I felt in that smile and in his eyes such power that, like the demons were not me, that power was not him, but came straight from God, was God, and he was God’s mouthpiece. He saw the truth so clearly it was manifested to all around him, and all around him partook of the same sense of power and might, – he gave us our true sense of dominion as God’s children, – we were all his brothers and sisters, yes, that’s it, my friend, for God is the Father of every one of us, yes, you and me, everyone. I too now loved what he saw, what he was seeing. I had seen the Truth of my being, and in truly loving myself, I was immune from dark thoughts, - they were no more, not removed, but gone.
  I remember so clearly with both awe and understanding what happened next. I stood up, looked at my naked body, – all signs of mutilation had gone. One of his disciples brought me a robe from their boat. For the first time in I don’t know how long I was dressed and felt complete. I was at peace. I was at one with the universe, with God, no longer tortured by my false sense of consciousness, but now knowing that divine consciousness is true being. Legion had no place in the infinity of God’s ever presence. I remembered a Bible verse from my youth “The Lord, he is God, and there is none else beside Him”. It’s that simple!

Jesus talked with all of us, sharing the gospel, sharing his love of God. He had proved everything of which he spoke. And we just sat listening, drinking in the spiritual truths which he was proving all the time. The utter restlessness of mountains-tombs a distant memory, no longer how I saw myself. All those wrong and restless thoughts, the legion of them claiming to be me, that false identity that had bound me, simply gone! I had a new-found purpose, – to have and recognise that same mind that was in Jesus, to be at one with his clear sense of Father, to see myself as worthy of his love.

Eventually Jesus and his disciples got back in their boat and went back whence they came. I watched the sail disappear over the horizon of the peaceful sea, knowing that although they had gone, His God was still here and everywhere. The power that had calmed the storms and tempests was universal and supreme, was not confined to one person or place. I could feel God’s presence remaining with me. I was a new man, God’s man, and it was God that had trod down my enemies.

Before Jesus left, he had taken me by the hands, looked at me with that deep love of his, and said to spread the good news. When he had gone, Love remained. And here I am now, back with my beloved family. My fellow villagers had not wanted Jesus to stay. They were, and many remain, too frightened of what he did, frightened to change their way of life. They look at me, and pass by on the other side. But here I stand as God’s witness, untouched by the nothing of their negative thoughts: they are nothing, for my God, who never stopped loving me, is now everything to me. God’s infinite Love is always with me.

God has restored those years the locust devoured. All storms have gone, as though they never were. I am at peace and free! And I have freedom because I have the mind and love of Christ, yes, we all have the mind and love of Christ! It’s that which spreads the good news, brings healing, protects us. Dear friend, feel that love, know it in your heart, and rejoice!
Love has set me free, and I have found peace.
And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten,
And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.
Joel 2:25, (to first ,) 26

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:32

Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
II Cor 13:11 Be

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