In memoriam and prayer – Tim Mitchinson, CSB/COP and It Gets Better

 

I had discussion with a group of students recently who received the following question:  What is the worst kind of hate?  One responded: “The hate you have for others because the venom only destroys yourself.”    

Next, another student stated: “The hate you have for yourself.  How can you possibly love somebody else if  you don’t love yourself first?”

Hmmmmmmm.

I learned the only way to love yourself is to first know that you are loved unconditionally by God.  

Rob Scott

 

Outserve BAF: It Gets Better (Deployed U.S. Military)

* Video & photo below not part of Tim’s original message.  Added to include our community.  All men are created equal.

 

In memoriam and prayer

Like many other Americans, I will spend part of the Memorial Day weekend remembering those who have served our country in the armed forces, and praying for those currently serving.

I am reminded of the beautiful words President Abraham Lincoln delivered on the Gettysburg battlefield over 150 years ago.  He stated in part, “…in a larger sense, we can not dedicate – we can not consecrate – we can not hallow – this ground.  The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.  The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.”

Our duty today, as Americans, is not only to remember the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for freedom, but also to pray for the safety and health of those who serve and have served this nation on today’s battlefields.

David’s Psalm 91 has been known for thousands of years as a psalm of protection.  I have often prayed this psalm for those facing life-threatening difficulties, including those serving our nation.  It begins, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”  Christian author Peggy Joyce Ruth wrote of this psalm, “It is powerful, and it works simply because it is the Word of God, alive and active.”

Ruth’s book, Psalm 91: Real-life stories of God’s Shield of Protection, gives concrete evidence of this.  She writes, C.B. Morelock, a war correspondent in World War II, reported an unexplainable and miraculous occurrence: sixty German aircraft strafed more than four hundred men who were pinned down on the sandy Dunkirk beaches without the benefit of any place to take cover.  Although the men were repeatedly attacked by machine guns and bombed by enemy aircraft, not one single man was hit.  Every man in that group left the beach without a scratch.  Morlock stated, “I have been personally told by Navy men who picked up those particular survivors from Dunkirk that the men not only recited Psalm 91, but they shouted it aloud at the top of their lungs!’” (p. 13)

Although there are many ways to pray, the prayer of acknowledging God’s ever-available presence and power – so striking and vivid in Psalm 91 – alleviates fear, worry and stress.  But it also does more.  It also brings into play God’s complete loving care for man, which could be called God’s law of protection, to those proclaiming it.

Christian healer Mary Baker Eddy found that this acknowledgement of God’s presence and power were vital to effective prayer, not only as protection during violent situations, but also for the healing of disease through prayer.  She wrote about her healing success, “Certain self-proved propositions pour into my waiting thought in connection with these experiences; and here is one such conviction: that an acknowledgment of the perfection of the infinite Unseen confers a power nothing else can” (Unity of Good, p. 7).

Lincoln was correct.  It is up to us to remember the sacrifice of those who served our country so faithfully.  But we can also follow the advice of King David, Peggy Joyce Ruth and Mary Baker Eddy to acknowledge God’s love for those who are serving, have served, and especially for those lost in battle.  No one is lost to God. Nothing can dispossess anyone from being “under the shadow of the Almighty,” not even death.  This fact makes Memorial Day sacred, comforting, and even empowering, for everyone.

©2016 Christian Science Committee on Publication for Illinois

http://www.newnownext.com/two-men-found-love-during-war-in-the-new-documentary-out-of-iraq/05/2016/ – link provided by ItGetsBetter.org

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A Living Memorial – Virginia Harris, C.S.B.

 

“Giving does not impoverish us in the service of our Maker, neither does withholding enrich us.” 

Mary Baker Eddy

A Living Memorial

Memorial Day in the United States commemorates a tradition began almost 150 years ago honoring those who served in the army and died during the Civil War. Since that time, there have been other wars and fallen Americans in military service. The federal holiday is a memorial to all who served and died.

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(Tiny flag waves on Becky’s Island, Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire)

It occurred to me that another way to honor these men and women is to honor their living – their selfless willingness to dedicate their lives in the service of their country. These men and women served, protected, defended, and benefited all the citizens of the US – dedicated to a bigger cause than themselves. Commitment to a greater purpose of good is always powerful and effective. Yes, the military men and women living this honorable life are worth commemorating.

Today there are many men and women in all walks of life who will not serve in the military but are quietly and humbly serving and supporting others in the cause of the greater good. They see a human need and must must must step up and offer practical assistance. We may not know who they are but the effect of their good work is felt by those they help and their families. And, like a ripple in a pond, the good they do radiates out to an entire community. This is worthy of acknowledging and honoring too.

Many friends of mine are spiritual healers and their daily prayerful practice has led them to offer practical help to those in need. Guiding their inspiring ideas and active hands is their devotion to Christ Jesus’ command, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” They cannot turn away. One is helping refugees in Germany, another is organizing support for the homeless, several are offering prayerful comfort in hospitals. Then there is the group that tutors adults so that they can earn high school diplomas to get work or go on to college. Oh, there are so many others! – and all expressing the compassion and ministry of unconditional love and overflowing hearts.

The current mental climates of many countries and the world appear in constant turmoil, with violence and threats of war in many places. Acts of kindness and good deeds sometimes seem so small. But right where you are, in the corner of your world, good deeds are needed. It makes a difference to someone and could just be a life-changing experience.

Prepared and poised to help others is inherent to each of us. Isn’t it a sure sign of gratitude for all that one has been given?

Your prayers of selfless love and desire to serve will lead you to just the right actions. Your own actions and compassionate endeavors are a living memorial – and ministry – of your grateful heart.

God’s Smuggler – When You were on earth, You made blind eyes see. Now, I pray, make seeing eyes blind.

 

Have you ever noticed that when there is a need to spread God’s word, God Himself will choose someone and raise them to be a giant for his cause? What floors me is that he usually chooses one of the least likely persons to act on His behalf. This can definitely be said of Brother Andrew, his upbringing and his early adult life would no way indicate that he would become such an instrument of God.

Amazon Review on September 6, 2015

http://www.amazon.com/Gods-Smuggler-Brother-Andrew/dp/0800796853?ie=UTF8&keywords=Gods%20smugglers&qid=1464529295&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

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This is a classic missionary biography. I just re-read it. I had forgotten that Brother Andrew includes his own personal testimony in the earlier chapters of the book. It’s really a great story from angry, drunk, suicidal and anti-God to Christian. God placed people in Andrew’s life at key points and I’m sure these people were faithfully praying for him.

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The power of trust–Brother Andrew didn’t, upon sensing God’s call to work in the Communist countries, apply to an already established missions organization. He simply trusted God, day by day, to provided for his needs, so long as He was following His call. His trust for provision is incredible, and would probably be considered crazy by today’s standards.

God’s Smuggler

by Brother Andrew and John Sherrill

A true-life thriller that will leave you breathless!

 

As a boy, Brother Andrew dreamed of being an undercover spy working behind enemy lines. As a man he found himself working undercover for God. His was a mission filled with danger, financed by faith, supported by miracles.

Told it was impossible to minister behind the Iron Curtain, Andrew knew that nothing was too hard for God. Crossing “closed” borders, he prayed, “Lord, in my luggage I have Scripture I want to take to Your children. When You were on earth, You made blind eyes see. Now, I pray, make seeing eyes blind. Do not let the guards see those things You do not want them to see.” And they never did.

For thirty-five years, Brother Andrew’s life story has inspired millions to step out on their own journeys of faith. This young Dutch factory worker’s near-incredible adventures testify of God’s step-by-step guidance and hour-by-hour provision–available to all who follow His call.

Read More:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/824062.God_s_Smuggler

 
Top Customer Review from Amazon.com

I just finished the missions classic, God’s Smugger, by Brother Andrew. Holy cow…read this book! It takes the reader through the journey of Brother Andrew’s early life as an ‘adrenaline junkie-heavy drinking-reckless Dutch soldier’ turned Bible smuggling missionary to the nations of the Iron Curtain.

Each chapter is a gripping real life account of Brother Andrew’s travels. It’s like reading a good suspense novel. Brother Andrew doesn’t gloss over his own shortcomings, nor his fears and trepidations about his work. He simply just tells the miracles as they happened, and gives God the complete credit.

I won’t spoil the story for you but I will say that certain books have come into my life at certain times. I believe it’s for a reason: to encourage me, teach me, and strengthen my faith. God’s Smuggler is serving as one of those books. There are a few themes that run through the entirety of the book:

* The power of faith–The book is so full of miracles…There are countless occasions when Brother Andrew should’ve been arrested, or killed, or stranded or (you get the picture), but God intervened in a miraculous way.

* The power of prayer–Prayer was undoubtedly the fuel for this dangerous work serving God under Communism’s oppression. Brother Andrew and his coworkers were prayer warriors.

* The power of trust–Brother Andrew didn’t, upon sensing God’s call to work in the Communist countries, apply to an already established missions organization. He simply trusted God, day by day, to provided for his needs, so long as He was following His call. His trust for provision is incredible, and would probably be considered crazy by today’s standards.

* The power of sacrifice–Brother Andrew has lived a life most today would deem unlivable. He gave up multiple chances for ‘the good life’, and forsook even the most basic items that we today take for granted, all so that we could continue the work he felt called to.

My hope is that this may bring into focus certain questions that an increasing number of Christian Scientists are asking: Why was Pleasant View sold? – Alan Young

Agreed…you can’t separate the discovery and the discoverer.

Journal Listed, CS/COP

 

“At one time Mrs. Eddy received an invitation from the promoters of the Lincoln Memorial at Washington to join as a founder.  The invitation solicited a subscription to the cost of the Memorial, and stated that contributions were being made by the most prominent citizens of our country.  It was beautifully engraved, and when I took it to Mrs. Eddy she asked me what I thought about it all.  I said, ‘Mother, I think people should be constructing a memorial to you and your work instead of your contributing to anything of this kind to somebody else.’  ‘Yes, Mr. Dickey,’ she replied, ‘but these things are needed in the world to-day and it is natural for the citizens of the United States to recognize the greatness and grandeur of Abraham Lincoln’s character.  I shall send them a check for one hundred dollars,’  And she did so.  That is the way she followed my advice.”

Memoirs of Mary Baker Eddy  by Adam H. Dickey, C.S.D.

 

“Mr. Young Goes to Boston” by AlanYoung, p. 106-122

In loving memory of the late Alan Young

 

Pleasant view was Mrs. Eddy’s home for16 years  – the home she loved so dearly and from which she poured fourth her love for us.  From Pleasant View more than 380 editions of Science and Health went to press.  Here Mrs. Eddy wrote Retrospection and IntrospectionChrist and Christmas, Pulpit and Press, the eighty-eight Church Manuals, Miscellaneous writings, Christian Science versus Pantheism, the three Messages to the Mother Church, Poems, and The First Church of Christ Scientist and Miscellany.  From Pleasant view Mrs. Eddy wrote thousands of letters to students and performed many other time-consuming services for the cause of Christian Science, besides working daily for the healing of All mankind.

My hope is that this may bring into focus certain questions that an increasing number of Christian Scientists are asking:

Why was Pleasant View sold?

Why wasn’t the Field told so that they might purchase it?  The field’s money paid for Pleasant view for more than 60 years; why were they not notified of the pending disposal of goods and properties?

Mrs. Eddy makes it undeniably clear that all contributions from the Field must be accounted for.  She wrote to the Board of Directors of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston:

“Delay no longer to commence building our Church in Boston; or else return every dollar that you yourselves declare you have had no legal authority for obtaining, to several contributors, – and let them, not you, say what shall be done with their money (Misc Writings 141:26).”

In an outpouring of love, several students gifted her with a small pond which became the inspiration of “Pond and Purpose” in which she states:  “From my tower window, as I look on this smile of Christian Science, this gift from my students and their students, it will always mirror their love, loyalty and good works” (Misc Writings, p 203).

A group from Toronto, Canada sent her a gift of a beautifully fitted row-boat, decorated with Masonic insigniaI in response [now supposedly located in the TMC basement].

Followers fell away, pupils strayed and teachers went into business for themselves, but Mrs. Eddy succeeded in welding the remaining faithful into a nucleus of strength.  It is obvious that she saw how uninspired ambitious pupils, short on spirit but long on organizational expertise, viewed Christian Science not so much as a revelation but as a money-making potential. This she could not follow.

Is it any surprise that she now surrounded herself with faithful, capable metaphysicians in every office of her Pleasant View household?  The hatred and venom spewing her way from dissociated bureaucracy was organized, constant and deadly.  It was mortal mind with its tail stepped on; personal pride with its nose out of joint; formidable foes.

It is conceivable that, then and there, the carnal thought dedicated itself to the total eradication, not only of Mary Baker Eddy, but of her very memory.  Pleasant View’s ultimate extinction was promised.  It took until 1977 to be fulfilled  [interesting that the erroneous articles condemning gays and lesbians started to appear in the CS periodicals around the 1970’s].

One of these purposes in documenting these events is the hope that it might stimulate a ground-swell of interest and resolve that could reclaim Mrs. Eddy’s homesite in memory of her.  It would not be a gravestone, but a landmark of her progress and accomplishments.  Isn’t this setting for her greatest victories worth keeping.

The most diabolically successful way to erode a message is to eradicate the messenger.  Did this activity begin with the elimination of Pleasant View?

While professing great loyalty to their “beloved Leader”, pupils were practicing their own brand of Christian Science.  Some began publishing periodicals and, to meet all tastes, included a potpourri … with their personal interpolations of her instructions [ interesting that the erroneous articles condemning gays and lesbians started to appear in the CS periodicals around the 1970’s].

The house was torn down and stood vacant until the 1930’s.  It was decided to erect a home where practitioners who had served the movement faithfully could live and continue their work.

Always an interesting trip for Annual Meeting attendants was a visit to Pleasant View with a side-trip to Bow where a pyramid marker, donated by the local Masonic Lodge, the old Baker homesite.  This stone was the largest single piece of granite ever mined in the State of New Hampshire and was presented by the Masons as an exact representation of the great pyramid of Egypt.  The Christian Science Board of Directors issued an order that the marker be destroyed.  It was dynamited to bits.

In the 1970’s, the decision was evidently made to sell Pleasant View, which had been the home to practitioners for nearly fifty years.  One of the reasons given for the sale was that there was no practitioners applying for admission as residents.

The administrator of the home made several trips to various cities and found practitioners who met requirements in every detail…their papers forwarded to the administration in Boston – never to be heard of again.

The Board member commented briefly on the beauty of Pleasant view and how she had not visited it for years,  Then she dropped the bombshell in two sentences. “The Church Center in Boston cost more than anticipated,” she said, “and Pleasant View will have to be sold.”

After Pleasant View was vacated, a local, impartial appraisal of the home and acerage was made.  It appraisal was close to $10,000,000.  For some unexplained reason the Board of Directors of The Mother Church negotiated the sale of the property for $4,500,000.  They also stipulated that the property never be used as a medical facility.

Suddenly, this stipulation was removed by the same Church Board and the entire property was sold for a little over $2,000,000!  It is now a medical facility – a New Hampshire home of the insane.

Pyramid Capstone at Bow

Alan Young – “Realize this and you are safe from harm, nothing can touch you”.

 

How do you heal instantaneously?

…It is to love!  Just live love – be it- love, love,love.  Do not know anything but Love.  Be all love.  There is nothing else.  That will do all the work.  It will heal everything; it will raise the dead.

Mary Baker Eddy

(“Mr Young Goes to Boston”, p.114)

 

Seal – Love’s Divine (from the CD “Seal IV”)

In loving memory of the late Alan Young

“Mr. Young Goes to Boston” by AlanYoung, p. 93-102

 

Christian Science is not demonstrated by committee nor does it need a “board” to direct it.  It is individual reflection, indicating the oneness of Being.

Remember, “One with God is a majority.”

Years ago, I phoned a tree specialist to remove a dead peach tree from my garden.  Walking past the branches I felt something bump my head.  One of the branches  in this skeleton tree had leaves and blossoms on it and what bumped my head was the beginning of a tiny fruit.

“This tree isn’t dead,” the specialist said.  “As long as one branch is alive, the tree is alive.”  Needless to say, the tree stayed and the man left.  The leaves of the branch weren’t affected or even aware of the rest of the tree.  They were doing their individual duty of turning outward and upward, drawing their strength and supply from the sun and thereby passing along whatever was needed.

A month or so later this one branch was loaded with the most delicious peaches I’d ever tasted and it blessed our table for weeks.

“As long as one branch is alive, the tree is alive.”  And as long as one leaf is alive, the branch is alive.  So not only are we lively stones, we’re living leaves!

We may be small in number s but we can be big in Spirit.

Sometimes a single leaf, just hanging in there is all the example that’s needed.

“The tender word and Christian encouragement of an invalid, pitiful patience with his fears and the removal of them, are better than hecatombs of gushing theories, stereotyped borrowed speeches, and the doling of arguments, which are but so many parodies on legitimate Christian Science, aflame with divine Love (S&H 367:3).”

The key word is “aflame”.  Not “sputtering” with divine Love or flashing it.  Aflame —–constantly aflame.  The seeker may simply need the heat, or the light.  That’s up to him not us.

The only danger we face is from within.

Already we feel rumblings of splits and schisms . “Should this book be printed or shouldn’t it”  “Did Mrs. Eddy mean this – or this?”  “This teacher doesn’t like my teacher.”  “These books could be classed as obnoxious literature”.  “I think the Jones take aspirin now and again!”

Our movement is like a victim dying for thirst – crying for a cup of cold water and we are arguing over the color of the cup!

Let us not concentrate on, nor be mesmerized by our differences but unite in our love for the Truth.

We do not need forsaking all personal authority and organization, because we operate on the basis of divine authority.

As our Leader reminds us, “The real Christian Scientist’s compact is Love for one another…God is Love, and love is infinite; realize this and you are safe from harm, nothing can touch you” (Divinity Course and General Collectanea, Richard Oakes, p. 224:7 and p. 20).

The CS Lecture Circuit from the late Alan Young with recent responses from the field

 

I think the Christian Science organization of today has become filled with good Sunday school students as opposed to the early workers who were literally rescued from the graves.

Name Withheld, …C.S.B.

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I attended a CS lecture addressing Heroin addiction where the CS lecture compared it to his healing of “excessive sleepiness”.  I felt he was speaking beyond his ability and demonstration with a canned presentation he had on the internet. Plus, the audience was almost all Christian Scientists. One wrote in that we are just preaching to the choir.  

Name Withheld

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At Midwest Church Alive 2014 they had a student of CS stand and speak about how he felt being a minority in Christian Science. They had him up on a large projection screen for all to see. What the audience didn’t know is that this same person shunned a person due to their sexual orientation who was also a Christian Scientist. Talk about feeling like a minority. Another participant told why her  branch church recently closed: “because we focused on us and not on our community.” 

Name Withheld

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A church member who went into the prisons to read the CS lesson complained that in all the time he had done this not one inmate ever responded or reached out to him for help. I suggested that perhaps his message needed to be adjusted as well as his delivery. Perhaps he should treat it like Sunday School or he could benefit from some public speaking tips? But, this church member stated that is just the way things have always been done.  He blamed another branch member who went with him to the prisons by stating: “He probably has never marked a set of books in his life and hasn’t fallen far enough” as a reason for their lack of progress and response from the so-called inmates.  

I tell this story to anyone who will listen for one reason only: We are trying, in our own small way, to do something right. By uncovering our own errors, we pray that others will learn from this and think outside the box.  This is a great opportunity for healing not only for the church but also for those yearning brothers and sisters who love (or feel drawn to love) that Science that is so healing to every heart. 

Name Withheld

 

In loving memory of the late Alan Young

“Mr. Young Goes to Boston” by AlanYoung, p. 44-46

 

The Lecture Circuit

This sparsity was the first thing that became apparent to me as I began lecturing.  In one small Texas town I came off stage after the lecture feeling rather dejected as there had been only about a hundred people in the audience.  The lecture chair lady rushed up to me, her face beaming.  “Oh Mr. Young,” said she, “How grateful we are to have you here.  We had four times our usual audience!”

In this town of a few thousand people they usually drew only twenty-five for a lecture?  She went on to say that she had not seen most of the people before so “they must be non-Scientists!”

I didn’t have the heart to tell her that this was not the case.  Standing in he line after the lecture I’d met most of the audience and found that there were several busloads from nearby towns.  Some had driven two hundred miles from Amarillo for the lecture.  They were all Christian Scientists.  We were still talking to ourselves.

It is the Truth to this age and must be respected as such.  We cannot arbitrarily demand this recognition, but we must prepare for it and make sure that our agents are truly representative and prepared, both metaphysically and experientially.  We are operating in a human world completely inured to the ingenuous; it demands expertise.

In everything I’ve read about Mary Baker Eddy it is clear that she demanded professionalism.  It is recorded that she hired an expert elocutionist to read a talk for her -not necessarily a Christian Scientist, but an expert communicator.  Mrs. Eddy had taken care of the content.  She wanted another expert to take care of the transmission.

Would anyone hire an operator for “Tel-Star” simply on the grounds that he was a Christian Scientist, and ignore the proper scientist-engineer?  Yet, it is being done at the Mother Church day by day.

Has the membership been declining because Mrs. Eddy has been forgotten?

 

Conflict and persecution are the truest signs that can be given of the greatness of a cause or of an individual, provided this warfare is honest and a world-imposed struggle. Such conflict never ends till unconquerable right is begun anew, and hath gained fresh energy and final victory.

Mary Baker Eddy

 

“Mr. Young Goes to Boston” by AlanYoung, p.70-72

 

In loving memory of the late Alan Young 

 

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In 1925, a poll was taken to determine the greatest American woman.  Mrs. Eddy was at the top of the list.  As a boy (much later).  I can remember that when great women were named Mrs. Eddy was always included.

In a poll taken in 1990 Mrs. Eddy’s name was not mentioned!

I watched a tv program “Jeopardy” not too long ago and none of the contestants knew who she was.  It’s obvious to anyone who has contact with the Christian Science movement what’s happening to church membership.  Is Mrs. Eddy being forgotten because of the decline in church membership?  Or has the membership been declining because Mrs. Eddy has been forgotten?  Or, if not forgotten, remembered now only as the dear little white-haired New England woman who was such a lovely human being?

Mrs. Eddy’s words kept coming back to my thought. “…truth communicates itself…” and “…the voice of truth, the revelation of Truth, the light, the laven, the standard.”  I reasoned that if people could learn about Mrs. Eddy, they would discern her Science, and understanding and demonstration would naturally follow.

As I continued working for the church I made some suggestions.  They were nothing brillant; in fact they were rather obvious.  I was admonished: “Don’t rock the boat.”

I couldn’t believe it.  “You must rock the boat at times,” I said.

My father worked in a shipyard.  When a new boat was launched all the workers boarded the vessel and climbed to one side of her.  Then they commenced rocking.  If their work was going to capsize or fall apart now was the time for it, not in a storm a hundred miles at sea.

We must “rock the boat” to test it.  If our ark reflects our best efforts and we have faith in our work then let’s rock it.  If it holds up then the test is over, and we sail safely into the deep.

My experience with the organized church was disillusioning.  I am sure the church’s experience with me was equally unsettling as its “Who let him in?” was echoed by my “Who let them out?”

  • This painting (below) is hanging in the State House, Concord, New Hampshire.

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Actor Alan Young always started his day with God

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 “The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love. Without this, the letter is but the dead body of Science,—pulseless, cold, inanimate.”
Mary Baker Eddy
(Science and Health,  page 113)

 

Alan Young — actor, screenwriter, and the voice behind many of your favorite Disney characters — never made a professional move without metaphysical grounding.
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Back in Boston, the remaining staff decided we would adopt the slogan”God First” and start each day with an inspiration meeting before our 8:00 A.M. duties.  This made an incredible difference, both in the home and in the field.  Each field crew reported that when our prayer activity began, they experienced tremendeous impact in their work.  They would telephone or wire regarding pending problems, work was then taken up in the department , and we rejoiced at the resulting response.  Immigration and customs difficulties suddenly resolved themselves, transportation obstacles faded away.

Alan Young

(“Mr. Young Goes to Boston” p.22)

Alan Young – Hopefully I have stopped studying people and obeying people and can better follow my Leader as I continue to find her in her writings.

 

If I may be permitted one small individual hope, perhaps this book will inform some who may be interested that I am still a grateful, sincere student of Christian Science.  It is a sad comment on our church upbringing that when anyone voices  a different opinion from that of the Christian Science ecclesiastical hierarchy it is immediately assumed that he has stopped studying Christian Science!  Hopefully I have stopped studying people and obeying people and can better follow my Leader as I continue to find her in her writings.

Alan Young

“Mr Young Goes to Boston”

 

“Mr. Young Goes to Boston” by Alan Young

In loving memory of Alan Young:

 

When my family arrived in Canada form Great Britain the only place dad could afford was a converted garage in the woods near Vancouver, Canada.  Dad was unemployed.  Mother suffered from agonizing migraine headaches.  I had been diagnosed as anemic and had chronic asthma which had me bedridden much of the time.  When we could afford a doctor he could provide only temporary relief.  Although my sister was still healthy, living in that drafty, unheated building left us all pretty miserable.

A Christian Scientist living in a nearby town heard our plight.  She took a bus to the end of the line, then walked for three miles and located our shack.  She sat and talked with my mother for a while, left her a copy of “Science and Health” and hiked back.  This she did twice.

She brought more than words and a book.  She brought love.  In a short time Mother and I were healed and Dad found employment.  I don’t recall exactly when my Mother’s healing took place, though I know it did.  My healing came almost over night and within a few days I began taking part in strenuous sports.  We all became Christian Scientists, and my sister, who witnessed all this, became the most faithful Christian Scientist of the group (Mr Young goes to Boston p. 5).

Mary Baker Eddy also states, “…truth communicated never imparts error” (Science and Health p. 85:31).  My family experienced this first hand when a compassionate Christian Scientist walked miles to knock on our door, to bring us a message of healing and hope.  We were not healed by a church.  We heard nothing about an organization based in Boston.  The woman was not even a registered practitioner.  We found a book and experienced love.  That’s what it’s is all about (“Mr. Young Goes to Boston” p. 68).

* Alan was the keynote speaker at Emergence International’s 2nd annual conference in 1986 in San Francisco.  That conference drew the largest attendance ever.

For further reading:

http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/TV/2016/0521/Alan-Young-of-Mister-Ed-left-his-mark-on-comedy

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