Seeker of Truth

Robert F. Scott, CS

More on Churchill’s talk at Harrow that included the “never give up” statement plus a CS Perspective: Submitted by George Wadleigh, CS

 

by George Wadleigh, CS

31, March, 2016

 

Sir Winston Churchill  “You cannot tell from appearances how things shall go…. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” (Speech, 1941, Harrow School). Church gave this speech just a few months after the Blitz had ended. The Blitz left 40,000 Britons dead and 1 million homes in London destroyed or damaged. When we lived in England in 1963-4, you could still see remnants of the war. London endured 57 straight nights of bombing, but the Britons did not yield to the intimidation of that terrible onslaught.

“When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.”  The Spirit gave the British people courage to withstand the Blitz that sought to intimidate them into surrender. “The bombing failed to demoralise the British into surrender or significantly damage the war economy.” (Wikipedia)

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” The filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock used shadow to great effect as he realized that the shadow of a criminal instrument could be more terrifying than filming the instrument itself. Just so we are often intimidated by the believed reputation of a perceived danger, by the shadow or appearance more so than by the actual substance of a thing.

Christian Scientists are sometimes mocked for their claim that evil is a “claim,” a “belief,” in a way a phantasm. There are other great thinkers, Churchill, Isaiah, the Psalmist possibly David, whose words somewhat parallel the view of the Christian Scientists that evil is not now or ever has been what it has been reputed to be, what it’s been cracked up to be. It is the chutzpah, the hubris, the bald presumption of the liar that is used to intimidate the children of the Infinite. “The apparently overwhelming might.” “like a flood,” “the valley of the shadow of death.” Jesus pointed out that the liar was the father of itself. Truth is our steady defense and foundation against an accredited lie and liar.

Best,

George Wadleigh, CS

Winston Churchill knew more than a little about adversity

 

At the passing on of a dear one, I was wonderfully lifted out of a sense of separation and sorrow. I was able to see more clearly the deathless man of God’s creating. These words from the twenty-third Psalm were given to me at this time and were a great help: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.” It reads “walk through.” We do not need to stop or linger.

 

“Never, never, never give up.”

From the November 2004 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Winston Churchill, a man who knew more than a little about adversity, is responsible for two of my favorite quotes: “Never, never, never give up.” And, “If you are going through hell, keep going.” It’s hard to appreciate how much it can mean for someone in the middle of a long-term struggle to hear that others have triumphed over challenges of their own. But I know from experience that, when years have passed and you’re still waiting for healing, you can cling to other people’s victories like a life raft.

If you are engaged in a long-term prayer for healing, I offer another of my favorite quotes, words of hope from a testimony once published in our sister publication, the Christian Science Sentinel. They helped to carry me through an especially bleak time, and I’m happy to report that they proved to be absolutely true: “At times the way has appeared to be dark and obscure, but I have learned from experience that there is no tunnel which does not have an ending, and that when one does emerge, it is into the light.” 1

May God bless you, may He continue to inspire you, and may you feel the peace and comfort of His presence as you journey toward the light of wholeness and healing.

The peace in knowing who we are with Priscilla Harper, Virginia Harris, CSB and Erin Gruwell

 

“Many (of these youth) feel negatively towards religion since it has contributed to their isolation from their family and/or homelessness,” said Taz Tagore, a Reciprocity co-founder.

“Most LGBT adults have left their childhood religion because of rejection they’ve experienced,” Ryan said. “So many have a lack of rootedness and connectedness. (Reciprocity’s) approach is helping to restore a sense of spiritual practice.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/09/reciprocity-foundation-lgbt-retreats_n_6294206.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices&ir=Gay%20Voices

 

My prayer each day is this: “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven…”  In the kingdom there is no limit of goodness and blessing, no lack of justice and freedom, no loss of equality, and no less than the highest status and standard of right for each and every individual…in earth as it is in heaven.

In the wholehood of the Divine, we are all one with and inseparable from the omnipresent and omni-abundant Supreme being.  No one is cast aside, no one is diminished, no one is less than another or limited in opportunity.

Divine law mandates all rights in equal measure to all God’s children.  This must be the standard of right for all humanity.

“The Standard of Right”

by Virginia Harris, C.S.B.

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* A dedicated teacher (Erin Gruwell) in a racially divided Los Angeles school has a class of at-risk teenagers deemed incapable of learning. Instead of giving up, she inspires her students to take an interest in their education and planning their future. She assigns reading material that relates to their lives and encourages them all to keep journals.  

Hope must be taught before there is a chance of learning the subject matter. When students feel self-defeated and hopeless then learning can’t occur.   They must feel valued, listened to and understood for their mental gates to open up to be receptive to learning and for healing to occur.

Then “this opens up a conversation about seeing ourselves as God does, as His child, “cared for, watched over, beloved and protected” (No. 278)—rather than as lost, lonely, and vulnerable.”  Perhaps Erin Gruwell saw the perfect man and it made all the difference.

Faith and spirituality can be an unobstructed path to hope.  But not if you are labeling LGBT youth as “less than” or “unequal”.   You just took away their hope.  Some lost their family with it.

 

The peace in knowing who we are

From the April 4, 2016 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

By Priscilla Harper

My present experience was seen to be the result of things that had happened in the past, which I felt had embedded in me a tendency toward certain emotional reactions that I could not change. These events in early childhood had left such an impression on me that they had become to me my identity, and I felt I had to live out that identity—that this was “me.” This left me confused, fearful, and at times without hope.

Within two days I signed myself out of the hospital, and days later I attended a Christian Science lecture. The Christian Science practitioner who gave the lecture spoke of some very challenging and familiar (to me) experiences that had been healed through prayer. What she said directly addressed my fears. After the lecture I told her about my situation and asked her if she would pray for me. She said she would.

Continuing to reason over many years from this standpoint, I have found not only a permanent joy and peace, but also a strong sense of purpose that I had not previously known nor could have imagined for myself. In fact, recently while sorting through old papers, I came across a letter from a family friend, who was a doctor. In the letter he said that he was sad to think how I would suffer in the future because of the past.

I smiled as I read his well-intended letter and thanked God that Christian Science has given me a beautiful new understanding of our true and only selfhood. This has been foundational in my social work with children. Sometimes when I talk with teenagers in foster care, I share my favorite hymns from the Christian Science Hymnal. This opens up a conversation about seeing ourselves as God does, as His child, “cared for, watched over, beloved and protected” (No. 278)—rather than as lost, lonely, and vulnerable.

My greatest life lesson in memory of the late Delbert Yarnell.

 

“There is one possible moment, when those living on the earth and those called dead, can commune together, and that is the moment previous to the transition,—the moment when the link between their opposite beliefs is being sundered.” 
Mary Baker Eddy
Science and Health, p. 75;
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You said and did more than enough, and helped me.  If you want to know, I got the email from Mary at work on Monday and when I got home at 11:30 pm, cried all night.  I am so happy that Dell did not die alone, that you were there with him.  It means so much that people are there who we love.  You were right, love was in that room..why would you want to go outside?  It was a blessing that you met Dell for both of you and that he was not alone.

There are some events that are guided by that Greater Power.  

Bless you Scott.  Have a beautiful day.

Mary Ann

09/27/15 at 9:07 AM

 

  • This is the story of Seth (Nicolas Cage), an angel who wanders the Los Angeles area invisible to humans. As the demise of an individual approaches, he spends time near them and becomes visible while acting as their traveling companion during their trip to the great hereafter.  This was evidenced in Dell’s hospital room before his passing and supports Mrs. Eddy’s quote cited above.

 

Elegy for Delbert Yarnell

by Rob Scott

Saturday, 26th September, 2015

Levere Memorial Temple, 1856 Sheridan Rd., Evanston.

 

Thank you for giving me the honor to talk for a few minutes as we celebrate a special person, someone we knew and admired – Delbert Yarnell. It seemed like just yesterday when he and I roamed this beautiful chapel and the halls together. It was the day before the wedding of one of his Masonic brothers.

I quickly came to love Dell as he had a pure heart, good laugh and “gave a sense of play to the lives of those he loved”. (Chicago Tribune Obituary – Laura Moliter)  We met at a time that was difficult for me. I had gone through changes in my personal and professional life. Dell listened and gave me his loving counsel without ever judging me. I even began to call him “dad” because of the way he treated me and the feelings I had for him. At the same time he also reminded me of a younger brother who was mischievous but in a very good way. He taught me patience and the importance of good humor. I guess you can say he was my family and we were inseparable. I felt a sense of home with him.

I learned about the Freemasons through Dell. He has introduced me to some of you, and I appreciated your kindness for including me in some of your activities.

Dell and I both loved Christian Science, and we discovered some important connections between the Masons and Christian Science. The discoverer and founder of our faith had close ties to your organization.

Mary Baker Eddy’s first husband was a Mason. He died young, leaving Mrs. Eddy pregnant and alone in South Carolina. The Masons came to Mrs. Eddy’s aid, helping her reunite with her family and face the future. She appreciated this kindness and wrote in the Christian Science bylaws that the Freemasons were an organization members of The Mother Church could also join, which would let Dell be part of both groups.

Concern for the “stranger, the fatherless, and the widow”—the poor and outcasts of society—appears repeatedly in Scripture.

Another similarity to the Masons is the symbol for Christian Science which is also the cross and crown. In this symbol the crown stands for victory over death which Dell never doubted.

The fact that the Christ, or Truth, overcame and still overcomes death proves the ‘King of terrors’ to be but a mortal belief, or error, which Truth destroys with the spiritual evidences of Life, and this shows that what appears to the senses to be death is but a mortal illusion, for to the real man and the real universe there is no death-process.

Mary Baker Eddy (Science and Health 289:14)

One of my happiest times with Dell took place this past summer. We attended our second Masonic meeting together in Springfield, Illinois.

Special thanks to the Masons who took great care of us and provided safe passage for Dell and I. Dell had me tuck away a blue blazer and pin stripped shirt for the VIP reception. There was love there at our dinner tables at a time in our lives when we both needed it the most.

Dell dressed as Abraham Lincoln and recited the Gettysburg Address the following day. Everyone was impressed by his spirit and energy. None of us knew how much Dell was struggling with his health. On that day, he became America’s greatest president entertaining the Masons, their wives and friends and letting us all relive one of the most famous speeches in our country’s history: “ALL men are created equal.”

Shortly after the trip to Springfield, I learned how ill Dell was. I drove him to radiation treatments and respected his decisions as his conditioned worsened. Our spirits were kept high by my reading of the Christian Science Bible lessons to him and reading a daily blog I write for our faith. I spent almost every day with him demonstrating that love doesn’t stop at the hospital door.

Dell never showed fear or despair. During that time, I remembered how Dell would comfort others, including people who were facing death, by reading Mrs. Eddy’s interpretation of the 23rd psalm which I will now read:

PSALM XXIII Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy

SH 578:4-18

[Divine love] is my shepherd; I shall not want.

[Love] maketh me to lie down in green pastures: [love] leadeth me beside the still waters.

[Love] restoreth my soul [spiritual sense]: [love] leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for [love] is with me; [love’s] rod and [love’s] staff they comfort me.

[Love] prepareth a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: [love] anointeth my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house [the consciousness] of [love] for ever.

[pause]

Many of you know that Dell made several changes to this psalm but the most memorable change to verse, “I walked through the valley of the shadow of death.” He substituted the word danced for walked.

Dell once told me something that I will never forget: “Hearing is the last human sense.” When Dell was in his final days and could no longer speak and seemed unconscious at times, I read Mrs. Eddy’s interpretation of the 23rd Psalm to him and emphasized the word danced. His smile at that precise moment told me that he could understand and was with me.

Dell’s death made me sad because I lost a father figure. But that feeling quickly went away. I left the hospital and body behind feeling empowered by the memory of a man who was all about life and hope and the future. I miss him so very much.

This taught me – and probably taught many of you – that love outlasts death which reminds me of the interview Oprah did with JK Rowling in Scotland and is available on youtube. Many of you probably know Rowling as the author of the Harry Potter books.

I’ll read a short excerpt below:

Winfrey: In my magazine I do a column at the magazine called ‘what do you know for sure’?

Winfrey: But what do you?

Rowling: Well, I definitely know that – that love is the most powerful thing of all and I remember thinking that – God, I’m about to make myself cry but, I remember thinking that when 9/11 happened because those last phone calls were about – the last thing knowingly, that I’m going to say on this earth is “I love you”. What’s more powerful than that? What’s more proof than that? Beyond fear, beyond death.

Rowling: Love wins. It does win. We know it wins. When a person dies, love isn’t turned-off like a faucet.

For me that is the greatest legacy Dell has left as some of our last spoken words to each other were: I love you. He kept trying to say that even after he couldn’t speak.

Thank you, dad, for waiting for me to arrive at the hospital before the last dance. I no longer fear death. There was no place on earth I’d rather been than holding your hand as you passed onward and upward.

Dad, you also mentioned as I was with you in the hospital during one beautiful, sunny day that perhaps I wanted to be out there to which I responded: Dad, there is nothing out there.

Love was right there with us and we were together.

I want to close by thanking the Masons for giving me this chance to honor Dell and celebrate his life. In all of my encounters with the Masons, I have felt nothing but love and fellowship. My memories of Dell will always be linked to your organization and Christian Science.

I will always hold you all in my heart for the kindness you have shown me and the man who was my surrogate father, Dell Yarnell. This shows that love makes a family.

To the members of his lodge, Oriental 33. He loved you all and use to tell me how much you all loved hearing his stories about “Benny the Beak.”

Perhaps Benny the beak is leading Dell all the way Home as Dell dances along the way.

We will always be connected to Dell through love.

Love Wins!

May God bless us all, and the people we serve.

Amen.

Rob Scott

*Masonic funeral under the auspices of Oriental Lodge, No. 33, on Sat., Sep. 26 at 6:30 PM at Levere Memorial Temple (see photo below), 1856 Sheridan Rd., Evanston.

*Group Photo below from Field Museum with New Zealand Rugby Player

Yarnell, Delbert “Dell” – Legacy.com

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Easter, Mary Magdalene and Womanhood by Virginia Harris, CSB

 

This is what is meant by seeking Truth, Christ, not ‘for the loaves and fishes,’ nor, like the Pharisee, with the arrogance of rank and display of scholarship, but like Mary Magdalene, from the summit of devout consecration, with the oil of gladness and the perfume of gratitude, with tears of repentance and with all those hairs all numbered by the father.

Mary Baker Eddy

(Science and Health 367:10)

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Easter and Womanhood

It is striking to me how often in the New Testament a woman is the one anointed for the holy task of bearing witness to the Christ-presence. The one to confirm that the Christ is come to a dark and waiting world.

The gospel of Luke describes an angel telling the virgin Mary that she is pregnant with a son, the Son of God – not by man, but by the will of God. And Mary, proving her worthiness for this holiest of responsibilities, humbly accepts: “…be it unto me according to thy word.”

No one in the entire world knew what she now knew. That is, until she visited her cousin Elisabeth who was also pregnant (with her son John) at the behest of God alone. The moment Mary walked into her cousin’s home, Elisabeth knew what was to come: “Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.” Now, there were two women who knew the “human herald of Christ” was coming to redeem and regenerate humanity!

And so it proved to be. During Jesus’ healing ministry many believed and followed – but many did not. A lone woman of Samaria (John 4) happened upon Jesus at the village well. She offered water – he offered a teaching moment about the meaning of living water and everlasting life. Who could teach the lesson of everlasting life? She soon recognized that this man was the promised Christ! Then she rushed to confidently tell the men in her village, “…is not this the Christ?” And they believed her: “…many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman…”

From inception throughout the earthly career of Jesus, his life and healing work was all about teaching his most important lesson: that the divinely-created life is all in and of Spirit, not matter, and this spiritual fact makes life everlasting and inseparable from Spirit, God.

The paramount illustration of this grand life lesson is the account of the Easter resurrection (John 20). And again, a woman has the holy charge of bearing witness to the world – and for all time – that Jesus did not die, but had risen to prove to the world that mutilated flesh cannot contain everlasting divine life!

Mary Magdalene, the most devoted of the disciples, visited the tomb where Jesus’ body had been laid. She sees the stone rolled away and the body gone. Shocked, she runs to get Peter and John to see this. No one can explain what has happened. Peter and John, not knowing what to do, leave Mary alone at the sepulchre. Grief-stricken, she turns away from the tomb to see a man. She thinks he is the gardener…he calls to her, “Mary.”

Oh! Can you imagine the feeling! So far beyond mere “relief,” this was absolute confirmation of the most important lesson of all that Jesus taught his disciples! There is no life or substance in matter…life is Spirit, inseparable from God, immortal and eternal.

What love Jesus had for Mary to anoint her as the first witness. And what selfless, unconditional love for the divine Truth that she had – and he recognized. Jesus knew she would faithfully bear it to and for all humanity.

These strong and courageous women are models of true discipleship for all of us today. In selfless humility, they discerned and embraced the holy purpose, then shared it for the benefit of all mankind. What are we to do to follow in their footsteps of faithful discipleship?

Can we commit our lives to a daily spiritual practice of healing? Each of us can begin with humble steps of true goodness, kindness, and genuine love for our family, friends, neighbors. Most importantly, we must strive each day to rise above the assumed limitations of matter with its false perceptions and theories. Elisabeth, Mary, and Mary Magdalene gave proof. Without hesitation, the Samaritan woman spread the word!

Mary Baker Eddy wrote of Mary Magdalene in a manuscript about the blessing of womanhood for the wholehood of humanity:

“…woman is not least because last at the cross and first at the sepulchre – the last to linger in tender ministrations of love, and the first to discern the Christ idea, – the life that is everlasting, that knows no pain, no death, no severance from Love, – that burst the tomb victorious over the grave, sin, disease, and death.” (Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity, document A10142B)

  • Photo by Virginia Harris, CSB

Good Friday – Strength, Courage and Reliance by Laura Moliter, CS

 

Saturday, 05 September, 2015

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by Laura Moliter, CS

Strength and courage are requisite. They are God’s command—His active qualities which He consistently expresses to us and through us. This fearless confidence is not about human bravery though. It is not about stoicism or stubborn, willful pushing forward.

It is about reliance. The reason we do not need to be dismayed, worried, uncertain, confused, or afraid, is because God has commanded this one very basic unchangeable thing: I will be with you everywhere and at all times. We are never for an instant or by an inch separate from God’s presence and power. We are always in the safe certainty of His perfect wisdom and Love.

So realize that it is not your duty to try to convince yourself of strength you don’t feel or fearlessness you can’t quite claim. These great and graceful qualities are not personal traits. They are the infinite attributes of God, forever available, always intact and active. And back of these powerful qualities is always God’s nature and unfailing purpose: Love.

Laura Moliter, CS

www.beingfreenow.com

www.lamolitercs.wordpress.com

"God is Love" by Tony Lobl

 

How a dog healed a doctor who could not heal himself emotionally.

 

The responsibility for the animals weighed heavily on me. But the”still, small voice” spoke up again, telling me that God values and cares for all of His creation equally. The message came to me in the form of a line from Science and Health: “All of God’s creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible” (p. 514). This much-loved statement showed me that everything God made lives together peacefully, without interruption or interference. I felt we could trust that God would provide a solution that would include our animals in His blessing for us.

HERE IS YOUR HOME

From the August 4, 2008 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

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I’m involved in a lot of animal care/rescue stuff; mostly volunteering at shelters. Also, I have 3 dogs; 2 are rescues who were passed around more than a few times before they ended up with me. The other one I adopted out of a private home. Although they’re all typically loving, loyal, affectionate… you can see the extra appreciation in rescue dogs. The one I adopted from the private home is way more spoiled & expectant of things to be just the way he wants it; the rescues – they’ll take what they can get & are SO appreciative. I can see it in their behavior.

Margo

 

Rob Garofalo began a project called “When Dogs Heal,” with the help of a dog photographer that tells the stories of HIV-positive people and their dogs in an exhibit launching in Chicago on World AIDS Day. (Nov. 30)

Published on Nov 29, 2015

 

HIV-positive doctor says his dog saved his life

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Rob Garofalo was devastated. He’d built his medical and research career on helping young AIDS patients. Then he learned that he, too, was HIV-positive. The news came after he’d already survived kidney cancer and a breakup with his longtime partner.

Try as he might, the doctor could not heal himself, at least not emotionally.

“I couldn’t afford myself the same compassion that I’d spent a career teaching other people to have,” says Garofalo, who heads the adolescent medicine division at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. At first, he told almost no one about his HIV status — not even his own elderly mother, who sensed that her son was struggling mightily during a Christmas visit in 2010.

“You can tell me that everything is OK, but it’s not,” she said, cupping her hands around her son’s face at the end of his trip to his native New Jersey.

Garofalo recalls crying on much of the flight home to Chicago in a catharsis that led him to an unexpected decision, one that helped him in ways no human could and ultimately led him to a new role in the HIV community.

He got a dog.

It was a little Yorkshire terrier he named Fred. And everything changed.

“But I’m not exaggerating when I say that he saved my life,” says Garofalo, who’d considered suicide after his HIV diagnosis.

His journey back to life started with simple things. He had to leave the apartment where he’d isolated himself to buy food for Fred. He had to talk to the many people who wanted to stop and pet the little dog. Garofalo also found comfort when he’d awaken with one of his frequent night terrors and have Fred to snuggle.

He began a project called “When Dogs Heal,” with the help of a dog photographer named Jesse Freidin and a Chicago-based writer named Zach Stafford. It tells the stories of HIV-positive people and their dogs in an exhibit launching in Chicago on Tuesday, Dec. 1, which is World AIDS Day, and also in New York City two days later.

“Rob is a hero,” says the Rev. Stan Sloan, CEO of Chicago House, an organization that provides homeless services to HIV-positive people and others. “And Fred has been a critical part of that.”

An HIV-positive teen in Los Angeles recently wrote Garofalo a letter to thank him and his Fred-inspired charity for providing money so he could buy a much-needed pair of shoes.

“The initiative you started because of a dream, a prayer and a dog has blessed me,” the teen wrote.

Even now, Garofalo gets emotional when he tells the story of coming downstairs to find his mother cradling the dog.

“My mom was telling him that he was a miracle,” Garofalo says, his eyes reddening, “because he had brought her son back.”

Read article in its entirety below:

http://news.yahoo.com/hiv-positive-doctor-says-dog-saved-life-174240798.html?soc_src=mail&soc_trk=ma#

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