Tuesday, April 16, 2019

A Prayer for The Week (April 15 - 21, 2019)

By Prayerful Living


Reconcile me to You, God.
Help me to realize a truer sense of Love.
I am at-one with You, God,
as Christ Jesus, the Way-shower taught.
Help me to feel the Christ within,
the Christ-consciousness which rolls away the stone
away from the door of human hope and faith.
Resurrect my thought to a clearer sense of spiritual existence,
and help me to ascend beyond all earth-bound
sorrow and suffering.
Daily I joyfully acknowledge the living Christ,
“He is risen!” in my heart.
And so it is, Amen.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Two Lives Touch at Gethsemane

By Ken G. Cooper

[Luke 22:47-51]

Malchus: A servant of the high priest,
I know what needs to be done: Obedience to Moses is a must for everyone.
I’ve heard this Jesus preaching, and he’s got some way-out views, 
His arrest and certain capture will be for us good news.

Peter: A disciple of the Nazarene, I’ve known the Lord three years
And in this time, I’ve known true joy and vanquishment of fears.
I’ve seen the miracles he’s done, together miles we’ve trod,
I really do believe he is the Christ, the Son of God.

Malchus: We’re on his trail, a multitude with staves and ready sword;
That Judas will betray him when he seeks to kiss his Lord.
I’m walking right behind him, when we reach Gethsemane,
I feel a premonition this is living history.

Peter: Jesus had been praying, I saw the heavy sweat on brow.
I wish I could support him, but I really don’t know how.
He looked so disappointed that good watch we had not kept,
I’ll recall to my dying day when needed I just slept.

Malchus: The crowd of us march through the gate and see a group of men
They look at us with great alarm, apart from one, serene.
Judas walks right up to him and gives us his signal clear,
I’m right behind and grab this man that simply shows no fear.

Peter: Jesus, look out! This multitude’s arrayed to do you harm.
How can you be so peaceful when they grab you by the arm?
I failed you when I slept so sound, this time I’ll use my sword,
I raise my weapon aim and strike, defending thus my Lord.

Malchus: I see too late this man approach, and though I weave and duck,
 I feel sharp pain and disbelief! I realize I’ve been struck!

Peter: My bloodied sword is raised again to strike down from above,
When Jesus speaks, so calm and sure, and fills the place with Love:

“Suffer ye thus far.” 


Malchus: His hand outstretched with love in thought, while mine had been to harm.
His gentle touch compassionate, I feel true love, so warm.

Peter: Now clearly seen, my anger and my selfish thoughts so wrong.
I drop my sword upon the ground, his peacefulness so strong.

Malchus: The anger melts, the pain has gone. It seems that time stands still.
He looks at me with loving eyes, at me who planned to kill!

Peter: I am amazed! The man I struck looks at the Lord with awe,
And I kneel in recognition that love, not hate, does more.

Malchus: I touch my head, my ear restored. This is no phantom healing.
 What he’s been preaching he’s just proved! True love to me revealing.
With gentleness I lead him on, his love is still around me,
I glance behind; and my heart goes out, forgiving instantly.

Peter: He looks at me with fleeting glance; I feel Christ-love reach out.
I answer back with open arms and wondrous wordless shout.
I feel a bond between us, both touched by a love so pure:
And see, with Christ, that all are one. And Love is evermore.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

A Prayerf for This Week (April 8 - 14)

By Prayerful Living


God, good, Yours is the only reality.
You are Shepherd for Your entire creation,
a “very present help in trouble.”
I say “no” to sin.
God, help me to not miss the mark in all I do.
I say “no” to disease.
God, You are the only source of healing.
Help me to realize Your divine perfection which I can only reflect.
I say “no” to death.
Help me not be “dead” in anything I do, but glorify You.
God, allness of Life divine,
Help me to awake out of the mortal dream of all false belief,
and shine with the light of knowledge of You, God.
And so it is. Amen.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

A Parent's Revelation (Peter's Wife's Mother)

By Ken G. Cooper


I’ve heard a lot about this person Jesus.
Peter’s bringing him home tonight, - he’s talked about no one else ever since he met him.
I’ll never understand Peter. He’s so impetuous!
Jesus said “Follow me” – or something to that effect, - and Peter did exactly that!
Never said “Goodbye”.
Nothing Peter does surprises me….but he’s got a heart of gold and I love him.

I’ll see them both tonight.
I wonder what he’s like, this Jesus.
Peter thinks he’s really special, - but he only comes from Nazareth.
Apparently he was a carpenter, - so what can he teach a fisherman??
There have been crowds following his new friend, -
He’s been healing people of all kinds of diseases, - Peter can scarcely believe what he’s seeing.
Keeps talking about him, about praying to “Our Father!”,  “Doing unto others what you’d have them do to you”
I hope he’s not being tricked by all this talk and seeming miracles. I’m not going to be.

My daughter has planned a special meal for Peter and his friends, - we won’t let Peter down.
She’ll need my help. But I don’t feel well…….need to lie down…
Can hardly move…
Must get to bed….
Don’t want to be a nuisance…

“Hello Peter….I’m so sorry
…… to be like this….
Hello Jesus…”

I look at his friend. He looks at me.
In one brief instant I forget myself, my doubts, my concerns for Peter.
How can I describe the Love that radiates from this man?
The complete knowledge of infinite power,
Infinite tenderness,
Expressed in his very being,
The effortless outreach of his hand to mine,
Lifting me up.

I am healed!
And I can’t now remember that anything was ever wrong! I just go and help, and with such joy!

***
During the next few days I see other people healed, completely, all instantaneously.
Jesus is saying to the crowds, to each one of us, here’s how to pray:
“Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name…” **
I feel the ever-present warmth and vibrancy of God’s love whenever I am near him.
I can feel the everlasting kindness of God right now.
I behold for the first time God’s true family. His Love embraces and includes us all. And it is my family too.

And suddenly realise that I love Peter, I love everyone, more than I ever did before.

(see *Mark 1:30-34; 3:31-35, and **Matthew 6:9 )

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Mary of Bethany: Revelation

By Ken G. Cooper

(John 11)


Lazarus was ill.  Martha and I soon realised it wasn’t just some passing ailment but actually life threatening. If only we could tell Jesus for we believed he could heal him from wherever he was at the time, but we dared not leave Lazarus, we wanted and needed to be together. We knew Jesus well, - he often stayed with us in Bethany, - we were barely two miles from Jerusalem, and on his visits there he would always drop by. He loved Lazarus so much, as indeed he loved us.
The Passover was due, and we knew Jesus would be coming down from Galilee. We sought a friend that could go and meet him on his way down to Jerusalem.  As soon as he had gone Lazarus grew worse, and we prayed so much that Jesus would heal him the moment he was told of his need. Alas, he was too late, for our dear brother died in our arms. Two days later our friend returned, confirmed he had told the Master, but Jesus had not come back with him. It was too late now anyway.
In times of grief no tears can replace the finality of death, no matter how many are shed. So many friends came around, their comfort was genuine, for our family was much loved. Four days passed but not the pain. We so wanted Jesus to be with us, he would understand, his love would lift us.
Word came that Jesus was at last approaching. I was too sad to leave the house, but Martha went. She returned, saying quietly to me that Jesus had asked to see me in the place where he had met with her.  I wrapped a cloak around me and we went together, - but the mourners had seen us leave and all followed, assuming we were going to the grave.
LORD, IF THOU HADST BEEN HERE, MY BROTHER HAD NOT DIED
How to describe that short walk! My thoughts so full of sadness, despair, so many questions, - still the constant “Why? Why? Why?” I kept searching the horizon, and finally saw him with his disciples. As we got nearer he looked at me, his arms outstretched in love.  When I reached him, I fell down at his feet, my tears uncontrollable, my thoughts confused and accusatory “Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.”
Jesus looked down at me, at the other mourners, and simply asked “Where have you laid him?”  The mourners with us said they would show him, tears and cries echoing round.
Jesus wept.
I’d never seen him so affected. I felt his love and compassion, but also amidst my tears the sudden wonderment that his sorrow was for our lack of understanding, our lack of faith. He reached down to me and took me by both hands, lifting me up, squeezing my hands with assurance. Oh, dear friends, he still had that air of authority, - he was so at one with his Father even now. I didn’t know what to expect, - what could he do?  How could he give me that look of assurance when Lazarus was dead? He walked with us to the grave. We stood at the memorial.
“Take ye away the stone.”
Martha recoiled, sharing her concern, fearful for the smell of Lazarus four days incarcerated in the stone tomb: he was dead, four days dead, and that was surely it. She was, as ever, making herself responsible for all the practicalities, - she was looking round at everyone hiding her grief through enforced activity. He responded to her, but my heart leapt with his words: “Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?” Yes, I thought, his tears had been for us and not for Lazarus! He was always just seeing the glory of God, had never feared for Lazarus! But it was us that saw him die.
The heavy stone was moved away from the entrance to the tomb. Despite the heat of the day, the random insects hovering in the air, there was no smell, no sudden gathering of flies. Just an empty black tomb.  All eyes turned to Jesus.
I was next to him, feeling his calm, aware of his natural authority. Watching. I had stopped weeping, somehow just knowing that something special was about to happen. He held his hands aloft in prayer, lifted his eyes to heaven, and spoke: Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard me”. He was giving gratitude to God! Why? What had he seen that we hadn’t? What had he asked of God? “And I knew that Thou hearest me always:” What a statement of truth, simply acknowledging his natural communion with his heavenly Father, what comfort that must ever bring! Was it true just for him or for all of us? “but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that Thou hast sent me.” Again, that ready and so simple fact, - he has been sent from God for us and he had a mission to fulfil.
LAZARUS,
COME FORTH
A feeling of Love swept over everyone gathered there, - Love that contained within it the essence of Life.  It was the presence of God made manifest. It just seemed so natural when Jesus cried out with a loud voice: “Lazarus, come forth.”
LOOSE HIM
AND LET HIM GO
His command was as simple as though Lazarus had just been hiding in the tomb and it was time he came out to greet everyone. There were gasps and cries of amazement. Everyone looked at one another in disbelief at this command. Then Lazarus emerged, just came out, still bound with graveclothes but moving out and towards us, his face hidden by a napkin. The incredible was happening! Further cries of amazement! When you see the seeming impossible, everything seems to stop, time stands still. But I knew deep within it was going to happen. Everything Jesus had ever said to me suddenly seemed so relevant and true.
“Loose him and let him go.”
Martha was there first, immediately by his side, unwinding the linen cloths, embracing him as soon as he was free. I ran too, joyously helping, as was Lazarus, to throw off the cloths, - his face shining and smiling and just looking with amazement at all around him. He was formed anew, - no evidence of the illness, just his old loving self! Hugging and kissing, kissing and hugging, Martha, Lazarus and I together again!
I turned back to Jesus, fresh tears in my eyes, but oh such happy ones! While the others gathered round Lazarus, asking questions, oh so many questions, I walked back to where Jesus was standing and looked into his eyes. We were at one, as though in another world. His look was of such love, and we spoke quietly. I saw for the first time his absolute humility, his complete unity with God, felt our unity with God. I remembered his words earlier “Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard me”, and I felt that presence of God even more closely, recognised that life was part of what we are in God - that in Jesus’ eyes Lazarus had never died, had never been separate from God. He looked at me, saw my true life at one with his Father, and yes, I saw it too. There was no separation. Here was the Master, the promised Messiah. He had had no need to hurry back to us because he understood Lazarus had always been well. His command “Loose him and let him go” had new meaning, - loose him from all mortal thought, see him as he is, and he will be free. It also applied to me, how I thought about myself!
I looked round again and saw Lazarus, Martha, and all our friends just so happy!
My tears were no more, my inner peace complete. The four days of utter grief now vanished in the triumph of renewed life, a recognition that had Jesus healed Lazarus sooner the miracle would have been just one of many. But this! After four days!
The absolute proof to all of us that life is eternal!
 God and man are one! 

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A Prayer for This Week (April 1 - 7, 2019)

By Prayerful Living


Divine Presence, Your guidance keeps me on the holy way.
Help me to avoid the contradictions of human sense.
God, You are faithful and just, help me to be faithful and just in my daily activities.
God, I long to realize Your reality more each day, not falling for the unreality of the material.
God, creator of all good, there is no power apposed to You. Let me not fall for the Adam dream.
Divine Mind, immortal, You are the only cause. I can only reflect Your perfection.
Divine Principle, your guiding law is written in my heart. Through you I resist material law and the hypnosis of false beliefs.
God, keep me on the path of joy.
Help me to feel Your ever presence. Through Christ I know there is no separation.
God, You are Life, Truth and Love. You alone create and control me and all humanity.
I am so grateful for the growing knowledge of Your spiritual reality.
And so it is. Amen.

AWAKE! REALITY IS ALL THAT’S TRUE!

By Ken G. Cooper

In my dream I was flying, - soaring o’er houses, fields.
I was in my motorcar, sunroof open, free, just like a bird.
I sped past a pterodactyl large wings flapping lazily,
Accelerated and flashed round the moon quite crazily!
A hundred thousand miles I must have flown:
New horizons skimmed and strangely known! 
It was very real while quite absurd. 
But when I awoke, no news to you,
It simply wasn’t ever true! 


In my dream I was sick and diseased, suffering long.
I was in this body, a material shell of strange substance.
It responded to my thought, the fear of age,
That wrapped me round just like a cage.
Mortal belief it took control
And told me I was far from whole.
It led me quite a merry dance.
But when I awoke, no news to you,
It simply wasn’t ever true! 


In my dream I was sinning, I knew I was doing wrong:
Beelzebub had led me there, and that was my defence.
It enticed other people, whether they knew or not,
I didn’t care, for sin fulfilled my selfish plot.
I felt that somehow in the main 
That by this sinning I could gain.
So, at the time it made great sense.
But when I awoke, no news to you,
It simply wasn’t ever true! 


And now awake, wide-eyed, alert, I know myself immortal.
The dream not me! Great freedom feel, - I am what God does give!
 Pursue the good! Hold fast the true! They can never fade,
For everything is perfect and stamped: “In Heaven Made.”
There’s laughter, joy, and Love all round,
As perfect life secures good ground.
I know this fact: in Love I live!
And wide-awake, no news to you,
Reality is all that’s true!  


Gen 1:27 God created man
     God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Gen 2:21 (to :)
     And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept:
Rom 13:11 now it
     now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. Matthew 5:48
     Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

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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)

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

"Why hast thou forsaken me?"

By H J B Corderoy
Brisbane, Australia

When a physical healing eludes us or a loved one dies we are prone to ask, as Jesus did on the cross, “why hast thou forsaken me O god?”  This was a momentary lapse in Jesus’ communication with the Father. It is a perfectly human reaction and therein lies the answer. But more about that later.

Jesus used healings as a way of getting the attention of the people who were steeped in the ways of the world. He hoped that as a result of seeing these so called miracles people would be drawn to seeking the Truth that he was teaching. These healings were the ultimate human proof of the Truth that he was teaching. The sole purpose of his earthly life, resurrection and ascension was to reveal to us the truth about our real existence as the spiritual ideas of God. He taught us how to know God thereby unlocking the path to our redemption and final adoption by God. The purpose of our life on this earth and in the eternal realm of divine Mind is to understand God. What we do not understand in this life will remain for us to work out in the eternal hereafter.

When we seek a healing through prayer the important thing that we gain is a better understanding of God and our relationship with him. The healing is an added blessing. ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added to you’. If you do not experience a healing do not despair. You have started on the path to understanding God. Your success in this endeavour will depend on the degree of your spiritual understanding of God up until that time.

The more you study and pray to understand God, the more you express an overwhelming love of God, the greater will be your spiritual and physical rewards. Each step you take in this process of understanding will improve your ability to meet the next challenge. God only requires of you a demonstration of your present understanding.

If a person passes before they are healed, that person Is no worse or better off as a result of their passing.They will have to continue their spiritual development in the hereafter from the point where they left it at the time of their passing.Those that are left behind will naturally feel a sense of loss. But they too will have gained spiritually from their prayer. There is no need for those left behind to feel any guilt because their prayers apparently failed nor any anger because God allowed their loved one to fall ill and to die. Both these human reactions are perfectly understandable.

Although the physical body is dead, there has been no death or loss of the spiritual attributes or body of thoughts which make up the real being of your loved one.Those spiritual thoughts remain in existence in the realm of divine Mind as they have since the beginning. The individual’s body of spiritual thoughts are eternal and will be recognisable to us when we too enter the realm of divine Mind.

Why then did a loving God allow this to happen?
It happens because we are living under the law of mortal mind and not the Spirit. It happens when we drop our guard for a moment and allow ungodly thoughts and suggestions to enter our consciousness.

For the law of the Spirit of the life of Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death". (Rom. 8:2) So, God did not cause the accident, the sickness or the death. It is a consequence of living under the law of mortal mind. God knows only light; only good. (I John 1:5)  God 'is of purer eyes than to behold evil’. (Habakkuk) 

God has nothing to do with the material world and its woes. ‘Every good gift and every perfect gift cometh down from the Father of light with whom in no variableness nor shadow of turning’. No evil, disharmony, or imperfection comes down from God.These accidents and illnesses we experience are all the consequence of listening to the babble of the mortal minds around us.

The sickness and death that we see around us is the result of the miasma of many mortal minds seeking to dominate each other. Mortal mind dreamed up the disease and then passed it from one receptive mind to another. What we failed to do in the first instance was to guard against this involuntary mesmerism by mortal mind. Secondly, our understanding of the Truth was not sufficiently well enough developed to deny the power of mortal mind which is continually being reinforced by the mortal thoughts of those around us. In the case of children, or those in a coma, it is their love-ones who must supply this protection until their spiritual understanding is sufficient to the cause.

When faced with this seemingly overpowering weight of false opinion we cry out 'Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief’. The doubt we feel when faced by this opposition is yet another ploy by mortal mind to hold us in subjugation. Hold steadfastly to the Truth and you will succeed.

How then did mortal mind dream up these illnesses in the first place when God is supposed to be omnipotent? It all happened in the Garden of Eden. At that point in his physical evolution man decided that he was intelligent enough to know the difference between good and evil. He decided that he was a god in his own right and that he no longer needed the one true God in his life. By his own choice, mortal man gave up his spiritual birthright. He was no longer God's child but became man's child. This was when mortal mind first entered on the scene. Mortal mind decided that it created man when all it really did was procreate a physical body.

The real and eternal man was created by God as his spiritual likeness.That man ‘lives and moves and has his being’ in divine Mind as a perfect idea of God. The realisation of the existence of the spiritual man remained hidden until the advent of Jesus Christ. Through Christ's death and resurrection, mankind was offered the opportunity of adoption by God: ‘but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba , Father’. This is how we may regain our birthright as the child of God which we lost in the Garden of Eden.

At that moment in the Garden of Eden the evolution of the material man and the spiritual one parted company. Since then the material man has sought out many inventions some of which are good but many of them bad. Even in today's world we face individual ‘Garden of Eden’ moments when our human ego clashes with the Divine.The sickness and unhappiness we see in the world today is as  a result of the multiplicity of mortal minds all competing with one another; all claiming to be god-like. 'Though there be many that are called gods whether in heaven or in earth…. But to us there is but one God’

The teachings, healings, and the resurrection of Jesus revealed to us the Truth about our real being and the path to our spiritual evolution in the eternal life. Of course the Garden of Eden is only an allegory for the time when mankind chose to be independent of the one and only true God and to deny His supremacy.

Has God forsaken us? If we bought ‘two sparrows for a farthing’ and one of them died we might say 'its not worth worrying about’. Not so with God. He will never forsake his spiritual children. In the spiritual realm ‘every hair on our head’ is precious to him!

'For the law of the Spirit of the life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death’. If we live under God's law we shall be free of mortal mind and its diseases and death.

Returning now to the illusion that we have not been physically healed. I say illusion because illness and death do not exist in Gods realm. Healing is part of the process of spiritualisation leading us to a better understanding and obedience to God.The physical body obeys the mind in control of it whether that mind be divine or mortal. Sin, disease, and death are concepts of mortal  mind intended to keep us subjugated. Every step we take in seeking to understand God is a spiritual healing in itself. Each of these steps is far more important to our eternal life than any physical healing welcome as that healing may be from a human point of view.

How do we know if we are controlled by mortal mind? If we are primarily concerned with our own ego, our status, our wealth, our health, or material things then we are not listening to God. We are leaving the door ajar to suggestions by mortal mind. We are allowing thoughts of ill-health and disharmony into our consciousness and our being. Admit only good thoughts to your consciousness and all will be well.

God has not and will not forsake us. Rather, it is we who have forsaken Him by making a god out of mortal mind and we are suffering the consequences. We have involuntarily allowed mortal mind to govern us hence we are subject to random sicknesses, early deaths and the loss of eternal life. Far from forsaking us, God, out of his perfect love for us, has provided a means of redemption of our eternal life through Christ Jesus.

What wonderful gift of love the Father hath bestowed upon us. We can never be thankful enough. “What manner of love hath God bestowed upon us that we should be called his children”.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

A Prayer For This Week (March 11-17, 2019)

By Prayerful Living, for "Substance"


God, Your kingdom reigns in my heart.
All praise to You for Your sound wisdom,
understanding and knowledge.
I give thanks for the unfolding realization of true substance,
the treasures of Your truth.
Loving You, the living God,
I find my cup overflowing with spiritual riches.
Help me to always hear Your voice, I wish to serve You in all I do.
Help me to see the nothingness of matter and the allness of Spirit,
resisting worldly ways, and prosper in the provision of Spirit.
God, You are the source of all good.
May I continue to be a witness to this reality each day,
in bountiful ways.
And so it is. Amen.

God's Treasure

By Ken G. Cooper

[Luke 19:1-10]

I AM VERY RICH
My name is Zacchæus. I’m small
When I’m with others they’re all tall.
But I’m chief publican so there!
I’ve made my way with lies and flare!
Making money my simple itch,
It surely works. I’m very rich.
False figures are my easy deal: 
I don’t care if people squeal. 
It’s left a lot in penury
So I can live in luxury.

ZACCHAEUS YOU ARE LOVED!
I am well loaded, at the top,
I wonder if my ways will stop.
There’s this man Jesus, makes me squirm,
I may from him have lots to learn.
He’s getting better known than me,
I feel resentment! How dare he!
I need to know what makes him tick
And may well learn some useful trick.
I see ahead a sycamore tree
Where safely hidden I will see.

“And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, 
and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchæus, make haste, 
and come down; for to-day I must abide at thy house.”

I AM GOD'S TREASURE!
My life thus changed immediately
Because he knew the God-made me.
Christ Jesus made me see as true
The altogether spiritual view.
Half my riches go to the poor:
I find in God my treasure store.
My ill-got wealth four-times return,
It is God’s blessing I will earn.
I am God’s treasure! Love does fill
A life now changed to do God’s will.

“This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.  
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” 


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