A desire to heal from a grateful heart

 

“A Christian Scientist is a humanitarian; he is benevolent, forgiving, long-suffering, and seeks to overcome evil with good”.

(Mary Baker Eddy, pp. 46–47).

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I was touched by a former student who purchased a book at the university book fair and presented it to me yesterday.  He is a student who was kicked out of his former school and learned some hard but valuable lessons from that experience.

When he was in my class I saw leadership in him and he rose to the occasion and became one of my strongest students and now wants to make a difference by helping people here in Mexico.  He thanked me for believing in him as he is now in training to be a teacher.

So he gave me a book on helping others and stated he saw that active desire in me to help others.   He suggested perhaps I could share some of the benevolent stories from the book with my classes similar to the stories I shared with him and our class back when I was his teacher.    He “got it” as he understood the power of hope and never giving up.

He also learned who his friends and family were after getting kicked out of his previous school.  Sometimes trials and tribulations are life’s best teachers and teach us lessons that we couldn’t have learned in our Father’s house.

But perhaps the power of hope and never giving up can be taught to get us through those trials and tribulations.

I have hope that he fulfills his dream or calling by making a difference for the people in Mexico by giving them a voice and being a force for good.

Remember, hope is a good thing.  I learned that as a crisis intervention and suicide prevention counselor for youth.  Hope is the most powerful weapon against suicide.

Truth, Wisdom, Love and Sincerity, to ALL Mankind,

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A desire to help and heal

From the September 2016 issue of The Christian Science Journal

As a practitioner I have witnessed God’s healing work through the experiences of individuals sincerely seeking answers and help. I am deeply and humbly grateful for the ever-present Christ at work, and for all the good that follows when we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and know God to be All-in-all.

When I was praying about going into the public practice of Christian Science, I prayed with a poem by A. E. Hamilton that Mrs. Eddy quotes at the end of her book Retrospection and Introspection (p. 95):

Ask God to give thee skill
In comfort’s art:
That thou may’st consecrated be
And set apart
Unto a life of sympathy.
For heavy is the weight of ill
In every heart;
And comforters are needed much
Of Christlike touch.

I prayed with this poem every day. I thought this was a good description of the motivations for Christian Science practice. As a practitioner, I understand the “life of sympathy” to mean a life of compassion, filled with the desire to comfort others, not with human pity (as I may have previously understood the idea of sympathy) but with Christlike affection and healing prayer. This distinction between human pity and Christlike, healing love has meant a lot to me as a practitioner. We read in Science and Health: “If the Scientist has enough Christly affection to win his own pardon, and such commendation as the Magdalen gained from Jesus, then he is Christian enough to practise scientifically and deal with his patients compassionately; and the result will correspond with the spiritual intent” (p. 365). A desire to help others in this deeply Christian way is my continued prayer.

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A suicide prevention message from someone who has been there.

 

This post also marks my own coming out. I had not shared my own struggle with suicide and depression, until I posted this piece. Much has changed in the past several years. I am well. I am strong. But Robin Williams is a reminder that many of us stumble. We feel alone; we feel sad and hopeless; we don’t know what to do. Robin Williams is a reminder that endings like his leave only pain and lost opportunities. I am here, as a reminder that things do change. We do find strength, and joy, and reasons to live. If you are struggling, please reach out.

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Video – August marks the second anniversary of the incredibly talented actor Robin William’s tragic death, and the world hasn’t stopped remembering his long-lasting legacy.

 

There are two themes that ring out clearly from the hundreds — actually thousands — of stories I have read this month: first, that we all deeply desire to be known and loved by our Creator God, and second, that we all desperately need to know that the people we are closest to, our families and friends, love us just because we breathe.  Pretty simple, right? 

 Linda Robertson

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‘Love is the answer’

From the October 8, 2012 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

The idea of belonging has always had significance in my life. My deepest desire is to see everyone around me as family, and I think that everyone deserves a sense of belonging and love.

My focus on belonging deepened in college when I learned my younger sister had committed suicide. Her passing was startling, but I had been aware of her pain and also struggled with the idea of killing myself. Suicide suggested itself as a way to end the misery I was living and to lift the burden I felt I was to others. I was often taunted and teased in elementary school, even by adults, so I learned to minimize the pain I suffered by reading people and figuring out what they wanted from me. I reasoned that if I was able to give people what they wanted (within limits), they would like me and treat me better. Sometimes other students would copy my tests or otherwise use me, but I didn’t care. Any positive attention, even fake, was accepted.

Several months after my sister’s passing, I found myself wondering why she took such drastic action [suicide]. At one point, I was standing in a crowd when it hit me: She did not feel loved. At that moment a love for every person around me fell over me. Everyone deserved love. The idea that I must love all without prejudice, no matter how much I might struggle with the suggestion to act otherwise, became a command.

This unconditional love was a manifestation of God, Love, translatable to all of my interactions with others. I can always find the way to love others (myself included!) meekly, without fear of suffering. Love was, and is, always the answer.

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As I spent the better part of an evening praying and considering what God would have me do, I received an answer of peace that opened the way to an appropriate career change.

“Your decisions will master you, whichever direction they take.”

MARY BAKER EDDY

 

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No regrets

From the April 24, 2000 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

Is there a basis on which decisions can be made without regrets or doubts about the outcome? Yes.

Mary Baker Eddy made many profound decisions when establishing Christian Science. But she always endeavored to base her decisions on God’s guidance, and she encouraged others to do the same. She instructed, “Be sure that God directs your way; then, hasten to follow under every circumstance” (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 117).

When I was contemplating a desired career change, I asked different individuals about what steps to take and when to take them. One advised immediate action, and another counseled taking it slowly. I trusted both individuals’ advice, but it was contradictory.

As I spent the better part of an evening praying and considering what God would have me do, I received an answer of peace that opened the way to an appropriate career change.

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Let us look deeper, let us see behind the glass, the dingy pane of human judgment, and see our fellow-man as we would like to have him see us—a perfect creature of a perfect Creator.

 

People are always trying to fill themselves not realizing that they are already filled themselves. They are over-eating, and over-spending, trying to fill the void, which does not really exist. They can never be satisfied. The whole process of “having what you want” draws our consciousness away from , “what we’ve got”. We are always looking for something else. That is why philosophers are telling us to “Be Here Now” instead of hoping for something in the future that does not exist. Happiness is turning our consciousness to “what we’ve got,” which is beyond description.

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BEHOLDING THE MAN

From the September 1899 issue of The Christian Science Journal

A beautiful flower, when viewed through a defective pane of glass, may appear unsightly. Likewise many a noble character is obscured from us by our own misconceptions. What a grand thought it is to think that man is perfect, and that his seeming imperfections are but the improper discernment of him because of the error which clouds human thought—but this clouded thought does not compose the man. The pure in heart shall see Good, shall see it everywhere, shall see the good that is everywhere now. Evil is a dingy glass through which brother looks at brother and thinks he sees a devil. Let us look deeper, let us see behind the glass, the dingy pane of human judgment, and see our fellow-man as we would like to have him see us—a perfect creature of a perfect Creator. Jesus saw the perfect man, and said. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect.” “Henceforth know we no man after the flesh,” says the Scripture. When we see man and the universe aright we shall see it as God sees it; and when we see it as He sees it, we shall see it perfectly, we shall see that it is perfect.

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“Destination unknown”

 

 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

“Destination unknown”

From the May 22, 1943 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

A Great man with the problems of a nation on his hands once said that he had been driven many times to his knees in prayer because there was nowhere else to go. That man was Abraham Lincoln, and the words were spoken many years ago, but today, all over the world, the whole human family is being driven to prayer to find an answer to the multitudinous problems it must face.

Loved ones are far away from the protection of the home—for the first time, perhaps, in unknown places, where we cannot reach out our hands to help them. There is nothing left to do but to place them without reservation in God’s care.

Those who must face the “destination unknown” situation will find the answer to this problem if they will turn humbly in prayer to the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy, or to her other writings. They will find therein an answer completely satisfying. This was proved many times when those in one home turned to the Glossary in Science and Health, where we read (p. 596): “Unknown. That which spiritual sense alone comprehends, and which is unknown to the material senses. Paganism and agnosticism may define Deity as ‘the great unknowable;’ but Christian Science brings God much nearer to man, and makes Him better known as the All-in-all, forever near.”

God’s eye is upon him. He penciled his path
Whose omniscient notice the frail fledgling hath.
Though lightnings be lurid and earthquakes may shock,
He rides on the whirlwind or rests on the rock.”

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Don’t be defined by failure by Thomas Mitchinson, CSB/COP – The Power of HOPE

“Spiritual sense, contradicting the material senses, involves intuition, hope, faith, understanding, fruition, reality”.

Mary Baker Eddy

 

Don’t be defined by failure

The Olympics were all they promised to be – full of inspirational stories, wonderful feats of athletic ability, and great victories.  But for some, the Olympics may have also been a disappointment, as athletes’ hopes of winning a medal were not realized.

I remember an interview with Olympian Dan O’Brien I heard years ago on the Mully and Hanley show on the SCORE, AM 670 Sports Radio in Chicago.  Dan recounted how he’d been the favorite to win the decathlon at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.  He had been proclaimed “The World’s Greatest Athlete”, but after three bad pole vault attempts during the Olympic trials in New Orleans, he failed to qualify for the 1992 Olympics.  It was a huge defeat.

He said he was so devastated, he actually could not talk to anyone for about a week.  But instead of resigning himself to failure and walking away, he took up the challenge and worked diligently to improve his pole vaulting.   The result was, he not only qualified for the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta, but he won the gold medal in the decathlon event.

Today, Dan is an inspirational speaker and is often asked to talk to high school teams that have lost, and are feeling the pain of failure.  He helps them get on their feet mentally. Dan is known for saying, “Take pride in exactly what it is you do, and remember it’s okay to fail as long as you don’t give up.”

We all face failures of one kind or another–times when our hopes are  dashed by a disappointing event or performance.  But even if we feel devastated by the way our life is going, we can remember Dan’s experience and not give up.

Author John Maxwell once said, “Life’s biggest failures are, in truth, glorious opportunities for personal growth and positive transformation.”  I would put it this way: failures are opportunities for spiritual growth and divine transformation.  Here’s what I mean:

I remember a time when I applied for a promotion in my job. As a matter of fact, I applied quite a few times and each time was rejected.  I felt that others less qualified than I were achieving this advancement and I felt discouraged and jaded.  I had deep bouts with envy and anger.  There just seemed to be so many roadblocks in my career, appearing in the form of people who didn’t like me, and I began to feel increasingly inferior to others.

Around this time I heard Dan’s story, and while my experience seemed to be at the mercy of others instead of myself, I asked myself, “Is your life going to be defined by these disappointments, or will you choose to be defined by God as one of His beloved children?” This question demanded a mental pivot in how I viewed my life, so as I have done many times in the past, I opened my Bible for guidance.  I found this passage, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3: 14).

To me this meant, “Are you going to be pushed around mentally by disappointment, or will you resolve to reach for the goal of Godlikeness by expressing His love, wisdom, creativity, patience and kindness?”

I remembered what a friend once told me– “No one is any better than another, but all of us can be better than we have been.”  I had felt in such competition with others, and that because I hadn’t been promoted as they had, my life was less successful.  Now I realized that I needed to acknowledge that my relationship with God was more important than any promotion, and that a successful life is one that expresses this love of God more fully each day.

The Bible also states, “Love never faileth” (I Cor. 13: 8).  There is no competition in God’s love–only the opportunity for everyone to express it and feel God’s love in return.  So I looked for opportunities to share God’s love with others.

I liked to think of this as “divine training” – striving to express more joy, selflessness, compassion and empathy in my work and relationships.  I continued to work in my profession, and soon my career branched out into new opportunities.  Eventually I did receive the promotion I had hoped for.

Accepting the fact that we are God’s important and respected child, we can prove that any failures we may face are just opportunities for spiritual growth and divine transformation.

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NEEDED: EVERY SINGLE ONE

 

“I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick”.

(Ezek. 34: 16).

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NEEDED: EVERY SINGLE ONE

From the June 2007 issue of The Christian Science Journal

 MY RELIGION PROFESSOR’S THOUGHT-PROVOKING perspective on Jesus’ parable of the lost sheep made me think. I had to ask myself: Which one experiences the greater deficiency—one lost sheep or the flock that has lost it?

I had learned, in my Western Christian upbringing, that the lost sheep is useless without the rest of the flock. That the poor dear one symbolizes separation from God, by choice or tragic event, and needs to be restored to the flock of the Shepherd’s care. But Eastern Christian thought, as I learned in my class, has a different take. In this tradition, a flock of 100 sheep signifies wholeness. So if one sheep strays, the 99 left behind are incomplete until that one returns to the flock. It’s not about saving that lost sheep only for its own sake, but for the sake of the whole flock. And so that’s the reason for such great rejoicing—saving one saves them all.

What a wonderful feeling of family and unity that interpretation brings, I realized. Not only does each of us matter to God, but we each matter to one another. Imagine the possibilities that can come from really living this understanding of wholeness. For example, what if we took to heart each individual who stopped coming to church and considered ourselves lacking without their presence? How great would it feel to bring them back into the fold!

Regarding the impossibility of our ever being divided from God, Mary Baker Eddy wrote, “Principle [God] and its idea is one …” (Science and Health,p. 465). The unity between God and His child is so inseparable, so profound, that Mrs. Eddy used the verb is instead of are to describe our spiritual relationship and holy interconnectedness. Oneness. Wholeness. Each of us is the image and likeness of our divine Father-Mother, as the book of Genesis claims (see chap.1). So not only does each individual have a unique purpose and place in God’s kingdom, but we are all united as equal creations of our divine Parent.