Thimble or bucket? – Finding the joy – A Life Lesson


The link below is to the August traffic numbers for seekerofthruthrfs.  This will be the last month the numbers will be reported.  Perhaps the comments below from the Christian Science Journal can shine a light on this decision.


Thimble or bucket?

From the August 1999 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Christ Jesus’ Words describe a healing church: “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”1 As a thimble of water or a bucket contains the same elements, so a small or large church can have the same God-given, healing ingredients.

What are these ingredients? Praise, spirituality, love, are primary. Whether the worshipers are few or many, the reverent worship of God, “in spirit and in truth,”2 heals.

1 Matt. 18:20  2 See John 4:24 

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T by Thomas Mitchinson, CSB and Justin Timberlake (LGBT GLSEN)



A recent post in the Io Triumphe!, the alumnae magazine of Albion College (my wife’s alma mater), highlighted an effort by 75 student athletes to promote respect despite differences among students.  Some of their social media posts quoted here showed thoughtfulness and empathy:

  • We don’t say she wanted it because sexual assault is never the victim’s fault.
  • I don’t say you’re crazy because it minimizes human emotion and those affected by mental illness.
  • I don’t say retarded because there is nothing dumb or stupid about Hannah (her special needs friend).
  • We don’t say that’s so gay because the words stupid and gay are not interchangeable.

In these days when civil debate is eclipsed by prejudicial outbursts and name-calling of all sorts, these profound and important statements stand out as examples of speaking with respect for others.  They attempt to bridge the gaps that divide us and remind me of one of my favorite quotes by Albert Einstein: “I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”  Everyone deserves respect, and this can reverse the toxic effects of prejudice and hate.

But as important as our words are, how we think about each other may be even more important. Best-selling author and behavioral scientist Dr. Steve Maraboli asks, “How would your life be different if…you stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about those you encounter?  Then he suggests, “Let today be the day…you look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey.”

I would go one step further and say that if our views of each other are strictly based on behavior and looks – we are missing a deeper dimension of our identity. And I would suggest that today be the day we treat each other with increased dignity and respect out of a recognition that each of us has a spiritual identity, created by God, Spirit.  Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and reverence as a child of this divine heritage.

Jesus Christ taught that all mankind have their source in God.  In the prayer he taught us, he opened with the words, “Our Father…” – emphasizing the fact that we all come from God.  That means that no matter the geographical location, the ethnicity involved or the language spoken, we are all part of God’s family.  St. Paul realized this and wrote in a letter to the Ephesians trying to unify the Jews and Gentiles he was addressing, “For he (Jesus) is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;” (Eph 2: 14).

Mary Baker Eddy caught this vision of the universality of God’s family.   Through her deep study of the Bible she concluded that understanding our spiritual nature as children of God breaks down the ignorance that builds barriers between diverse individuals and groups.  She taught that Jesus’ teachings were a provable Science — divine laws that produce abundant benefits, not only for one’s individual salvation and health, but also for the healing of societal ills.

In her seminal work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, she wrote, “One infinite God, good unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself;’ annihilates social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man; and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.”

It’s time for all of us to catch this vision of universal love.  We are all children of one common Father – a loving God who cherishes His children and creates them to naturally reflect deep affection and dignity.  Then we can join together as Aretha Franklin sang it many years ago: “R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me.”

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Mexico – An image of a boy standing defiantly in front of an antigay crowd has stirred emotions.

Mexico Roiled by Marriage Equality Protests, Counterprotests

A 12-year-old Mexican boy blocked antigay protesters marching Sunday against a proposal that would legalize same-sex marriage across the country.

In Celaya, Guanajuato, a reported 11,000 demonstrators took to city streets. An instantly iconic photograph shows a child with his arms spread, standing against oncoming police vehicles and a sea of protesters. The photographer, Manuel Rodriguez, told Regeneración that he thought the child was only joking, but the boy said the issue hit close to home for him.

“I have an uncle who is gay,” he told Rodriguez. “And I hate that people hate.”

The powerful image recalls Tank Man, the protester photographed blocking the path of a fleet of tanks in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989. This moment came to symbolize peaceful dissent in the Communist nation the day after the Chinese military quashed student-led demonstrations for democracy.

On Saturday, an estimated 300,000 people in 16 cities across Mexico marched against a wave of victories from marriage equality advocates in recent years. Currently, same-sex unions are recognized in nine of the country’s 31 states — including Chihuahua, Chipas, Jalisco, and Sonora — following a series of successful legal challenges to marriage bans.

President Enrique Nieto has further vowed to make marriage a constitutional right for same-sex couples, though his approval ratings are dismal, especially after he invited Donald Trump to Mexico City.

Nieto’s support has led to a widespread backlash from National Front for the Family, a coalition of faith-based groups opposed to the freedom to marry. The organization, who claims to have collected 100,000 signatures against same-sex marriage, was largely behind the nationwide protests.

Dressed in white, protesters marched with signs that read “Long live the natural family,” “Children need a father and a mother,” and “Wake up and defend the family.”

“Marriage is between a man and woman for the purpose of procreation,” Ariadna Leóna, a 39-year-old demonstrator in eastern Tijuana, told the Los Angeles Times. “We are asking for the respect of the nucleus of society, which is the family.”

Jose Alcantara, a spokesman for National Front for the Family, called the protest, which included Catholic priests, “something unprecedented … in defense of the family.”

While the BBC suggests that the turnout numbers were much lower than what was reported, there was a strong counterprotest across the conservative nation. Marriage equality supporters gathered in Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral on Sunday holding rainbow flags and signs reading “We are families, too” and “I respect your family, respect mine.”

A Lesson About Family by Rob Scott, CS.


I was asked by the university to take a conversation class which starts at 7:30 AM.  Thus I have to get up at 5:00 AM every morning.  I agreed to take the class because it was a “conversation class”.

One thing I have learned from my students in Mexico is the strong love most of them have for their family.  Some even made me feel part of their family and included me in activities with them.

I gave this class an assignment to speak about something they were passionate about and to describe why they chose their particular topic and how it was meaningful to them.

One young man discussed the following topic.  His parents got divorced and as a result he and his older brother became very close.  They had to lean on each other to get through it.  So to show their bond for each other they both got similar tattoos.

My student got a nautical tattoo with an anchor because he was the one who grounded his older brother by helping him through his anger problems after the divorce.

His older brother got a tattoo symbolizing the helm of a ship.  He chose it because he steered his younger brother,  my student, out of depression after their parent’s divorce.   

But what moved me to the core was that they both had the courage to stand up to their father who scolded them due to the poor stereotypes of people with tattoos.  This led to a class discussion about being respectful of others which I best demonstrated to them by using the Golden Rule in a vocabulary exercise.

The brothers stood their ground for what they believed in and tried to educate their father not to stereotype people.  Perhaps this could be a metaphor for marriage equality.

The class then asked me if I had a tattoo to which I responded no.  I did not discuss it any further.

However, I would like to get a tattoo of the cross and crown which symbolizes Christian Science. 

I hope CS will always be a part of me as I had to fight to hold onto it.  Christian Science is my hope which is alive and healing. 

Another student spoke on protecting the animals and is getting his masters to fulfill his niche.  He stated a lot of people fear what they don’t understand like snakes, spiders and bats.  All of which he tries to save by educating people on their usefulness for the environment.

I will miss them after they graduate.

One person who finished  a different  conversation class last Saturday grabbed me and hugged me when I said goodbye as he has reached the end of his studies at the university.  I had to pull away to fight back the tears.  He knows I blog as I discussed it with him without mentioning the title or content because he wants to be a writer.  He expressed his curiosity in finding and reading my blog.


I prayed to God to bless this blog.  I know He has already done it.

See class photo below.

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



The deeper demand? A SEPTEMBER 11 THOUGHT by Tony Lobl, CS/COP



The deeper demand? A SEPTEMBER 11 THOUGHT

Sharing this quote (written over 100 years ago) is not meant to be an argument against appropriate security measures. Nor is it intended to be an excuse for rose-tinted thinking.


But as we once more grieve those lost, and love those still grieving, it is a thought-provoking question to ask ourselves: “How do we see beyond the horror of terrorist attacks to fulfil the demand (and example) of Jesus to love even those who did, and still do, brutally attack us?”

A friend of mine once told me how her father, a fanatical Islamist before that phrase had been coined, went to kill a Christian minister in his Middle Eastern nation some decades ago. When he came into the minister’s presence he was so overwhelmed by the sense of love he felt that he dropped down on his knees in front of him and asked his intended victim to pray for him. Not only was the would-be assassin no longer able to carry out the intended murder, but he and his family lost all animosity towards Christianity.

It’s not easy to meet the divine demand to love our enemies in this way, as  Jesus counselled us to do (Luke 6:35). But we all yearn to see progress in overcoming today’s tragic conflicts. So this is a contribution we can strive to make – to set our hearts on feeling and expressing the extraordinary power of spiritual love which can change hatred to peace, anger to forgiveness, and grief (and grievances!) to a prayerful recognition of the true nature of both our loved ones (whether with us or departed) and our enemies as God’s eternal, divine daughters and sons.

Read spiritually, the Bible is ultimately about that love. And there’s another helpful “how to” of putting such love into practice in a powerful article by Mary Baker Eddy in her “Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896”. It’s called “Love Your Enemies” and the quote above is taken from it.

This is not about sacrificing safety, but seeking it out on a more sure, spiritual basis.  Here’s another thought from the same chapter: “Can height, or depth, or any other creature separate you from the Love that is omnipresent good, — that blesses infinitely one and all?”

We all want to lose our enemies. So if other options aren’t yielding that desired result, or aren’t bringing needed change at the desired pace, isn’t it worth exploring all possibilities, including the power of prayer?

It’s never too late to dig deeper into the understanding of what it truly means to turn the other cheek, however challenging that may seem in today’s currents, and strive to know even our enemies as their divine Parent, God, knows them to be – divinely created to bless, not harm, one and all.

PHOTO ABOVE IS: “Rest In Peace September 11 Victims Mural on U near 14th Street, NW, Washington DC on Tuesday, 21 June 2005 by Elvert Barnes Photography” (Flickr Creative Commons).

The deeper demand? A SEPTEMBER 11 THOUGHT



Pulse Shooting Victim Tells Ellen DeGeneres How He Survived (Video)

Published on Sep 8, 2016

After his miraculous recovery from the Orlando nightclub shooting, Tony Marrero joined Ellen to share his incredible story. Check out this extended clip featuring digital-exclusive interview footage!

Pulse Shooting Victim Tells Ellen How He Survived (Video)


In his Orlando hospital room, Pulse shooting survivor Tony Marrero hung a sign with a picture of Dory, a cartoon fish from the movie Finding Nemo, voiced by talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. “I’m Still Swimming Ellen,” the sign read. Now in recovery, Marrero appeared on DeGeneres’s talk show Thursday to tell his story.

Marrero was shot four times and lost his best friend Luis Vielma in the June massacre at the LGBT nightclub, where Omar Mateen murdered 49 people and wounded dozens more. Marrero told DeGeneres that he survived by hiding his head beneath a couch and heaving himself out of the nightclub with the last of his remaining strength.

Healing and Saving the CS Church from Bigotry & Self-Righteous through Love.


The pampered hypocrite may have a flowery pathway here, but he cannot forever break the Golden Rule and escape the penalty due.

Mary Baker Eddy

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pg. 41)


Rob, The Church must atone for its sin to people of color (1926-1955) as well as its ongoing sin of exclusion and discrimination toward the LGBT community and read seriously what Mrs. Eddy wrote about the essence of identity, and what Jesus pointed toward in Matthew 19:12 that social and gender conditions are things we should observe but not judge. If we apologize not for our past and present “hardness of heart” any article lacks meaning.

… CS Practitioner

July 13, 2016


Several articles and editorials have been written explaining why homosexuals cannot be admitted to membership.  One of these I wrote myself, the title: “Homosexuality Can Be Healed.”  All I can say in defense of myself for writing it is that it was based on information I thought was authentic, but which later was disproved …  If I were to write another article on the subject now, I would probably entitle it, “We’re ALL God’s Children.”

by Carl J. Welz,  C.S.B.


…the prejudices associated with Lady Astor go against the grain of Christian Science, the faith she leaned on. If it were otherwise, I’d never have embraced Mary Baker Eddy’s writings.

I took to Eddy’s ideas precisely because they teach of God’s love for all and challenge the deep-rooted resistance we might feel to expressing such universal and impartial love. I badly needed that help as a Jew facing anti-Semitism in 1970s London, because my fear had turned to hatred.

Tony Lobl, CS/COP

August 1, 2016


Would you care to mention any personal experiences you’ve had in coping with racial discrimination?

Alton A. Davis:  I’ve had many, and I hope I have learned more of the meaning of love from each experience. I once visited a Christian Science church where I was told that the custom of the community did not permit the races to mix in church services. Seeing that I was a black man, an usher met me on the sidewalk and asked what I wanted.

“Is this not a house of God?” I answered.

“Yes, it is,” he said somewhat sheepishly.

“The invitation read by your First Reader at each services, ‘All are welcome’—is it real?” I went on. “I am a weary traveler seeking a cup of cold water in Christ’s name.”

From the August 30, 1969 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


(CS Journal Interviewer): It’s amazing to me to think that in the Christian Science church, prejudice could ever have taken such a foothold as to cause a need for specifically black churches. Such prejudice seems to go entirely against the ethics of Christian Science. I’ve heard stories of blacks sitting on one side of the church, and whites on the other side, but you weren’t even at the same church!

Bettie Thompson (Christian Science practitioner and teacher Bettie Thompson is a black woman who witnessed the civil rights movement):  

Well, let’s move ahead a few decades. In 1980, I was appointed the first African American lecturer on the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. I was just about to go on my first lecture tour. It was a Friday, and I was leaving home on the following Monday. But then I got a call from The Mother Church, saying, “Bettie, we’ve got some sad news. There’s a church in Oklahoma that has canceled.”

Here I was all excited, and I had butterflies in my stomach as I was about to leave on my first tour. But I was just told, “A lady called and said when the church got your material in the mail, they discovered you were black.”

From the August 2013 issue of The Christian Science Journal


I believe the time has come to end the harmful teachings by some religious denominations that being gay (LGBT) is a sin, or whatever words they use to demean, call evil, and cause enormous pain to LGBT people, especially our youth. More and more people are changing their minds….from evangelicals to Presbyterians to Catholics to Conservative Jews.

History has proven that using religious teachings to cause enormous harm to innocent people is wrong. I have faith in America to be better to all its citizens – but especially innocent, vulnerable youth.

Mitchell Gold
Founder, Faith In America

September 15, 2015

Overcoming self-righteousness through love

From the September 5, 2016 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

Some years back, during a family vacation, my brother and I discussed several controversial subjects. We had some decidedly differing views. He criticized my position in strong terms, and we parted in anger.

Deeply hurt by his comments, I went for a long drive and considered our conversation. I prayed for God, infinite Mind, to guide me. It wasn’t long before I detected some hardened self-righteousness in my thinking, and, like Naaman, I felt humbled and repentant.

Upon returning to the cabin, I apologized to my brother for refusing to be open and inclusive, for shutting the door on his views. Our relationship was healed at that moment. We haven’t had another argument since that time over 17 years ago.

If we are frozen by a sense of self-righteousness, our ability to grow spiritually and to love others will be stymied. Mrs. Eddy writes, “One can never go up, until one has gone down in his own esteem” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 356). Christ Jesus explained it this way: “Whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted” (Matthew 23:12).


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“You have given me a gift, may I give you one? Promise me to open it when everything looks dark and hope seems to fail. Of one thing you may feel sure “thoughts like these never freeze.”

“MORNING. Light; symbol of Truth; revelation and progress.” 
Mary Baker Eddy
(Science and Health, page 591)

In the Land of the Midnight Sun

From the December 12, 1901 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

On the deck, in the bright evening sunlight of that region, sat a Christian Scientist, who thought, “Will Love open a way to place our Leader’s book with these seekers?” An earnest prayer arose that Love would open the way.

Soon they came on deck and laughter and gaiety prevailed. A young artist came from the crowd towards the Scientist, and asked, “May I make a sketch for you? If we find the North Pole it will be a pleasant souvenir.” Underneath the animated conversation which followed, flowed the silent current of thought, “Are you to be Love’s messenger?” Another joins the couple, another, a small group gathers. In the course of conversation the subject of freedom is introduced. A young Hollander spoke with much sympathy of the deplorable condition of the Boers, and an earnest, impulsive voice cried out, “I wrote a poem on the subject the other day; shall I give it?” On receiving unanimous assent, he recited from memory.

To Be Free.

The bird in the tree still sings;
Hear you the message it brings?
Out of its sad, mad, glad turmoil
A message that cleanses the tired soul’s soil,
“Freedom is won through toil.”


Here surely was the time. The poem was written in the sketch-book of the writer, who with eager haste excused herself for a few moments, and went to her stateroom, where she securely did up a copy of “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” the wonderful book we all know so well, written by our beloved Mother, Mary Baker G. Eddy, which tells us so clearly how to be free, and carried it back on deck. She said, “You have given me a gift, may I give you one? Promise me to open it when everything looks dark and hope seems to fail. Of one thing you may feel sure “thoughts like these never freeze.” The prayer was answered. “As the Psalmist saith, ‘Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth is Mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.’ It is indeed a city of the Spirit, fair, royal, and square. Northward, its gates open to the North Star” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker G. Eddy, p. 567). Love claims the Universe.




CSMonitor – Suicide Prevention Week – Tired of carrying the secret of being gay. Tired of the messages from church and society that he was bad. “I felt like I was going to let my family down.”


I love the whole human family and have labored to bless all, not a clan, but all. I am abrupt, but honest in what I say to all. But behind this is my universal and deathless love for every one of the human family.

Mary Baker Eddy

(Letter to Mrs. Swarts, 1885)


This video is for everybody. Who has ever loved. And has been loved in return. To those that think it never does or will get better. It does. It does get better, it becomes beautiful.



Teen suicide: A survivor’s story – ‘There are solutions’


Teen suicide is more often the stuff of headlines than are the stories of lives saved. Troy Bush is one such story – his suicide attempt has informed his own efforts as an adult to help in prevention.

By Stacy Teicher KhadarooStaff writer / December 8, 2013


* Troy Bush is happily married to a man.


Teen suicide – America’s high rates and growing prevention efforts – is the topic of this week’s cover story project. Troy Bush, a teen-suicide attempt survivor (left), has used his experience to help others, teaching Sunday school and working with a minister on a suicide-prevention lesson for junior high school students.


Courtesy of Troy Bush

“I just wanted out. I wanted to fall asleep and not wake up.”

At 15, Troy Bush wasn’t really thinking about the finality of dying when he took a whole bottle of sleeping pills and crawled into bed. “If you had asked me, ‘Are you suicidal?’ I would have said ‘no,’ ” says the now 43-year-old.

But he was tired. Tired of carrying the secret of being gay. Tired of the messages from church and society that he was bad. “I felt like I was going to let my family down.”

He had been bullied, not just by students, but also by an elementary school teacher who called him a “girly boy.” He was struggling in school, family finances were “lean,” and his two older siblings had moved out – one had gotten married, one was attending college – leaving him lonely.

His mother discovered him listless later that day. She knew which pills he had taken, and after consulting with the pharmacist’s office where she worked, she decided he could sleep off the effects, she told him later. (If you believe someone has overdosed, experts advise that you call 911.)

Now married and managing research for a public-health charity in Houston, he’s never made another suicide attempt. But as a young adult, he turned to “a less permanent escape” – alcohol and drugs.

At 26, he told his parents he was gay, and three years later he was able to get sober.

During his first five years of sobriety, four people died by suicide within the tightknit community of gay people in 12-step substance-abuse recovery programs in the Houston area. But the suicides were only “whispered about,” he says, and the stigma surrounding the issue drove him to volunteer in local and Texas-wide suicide prevention.

For youths today, it’s harder to escape bullying, because of social media. But bullying is never the sole cause of suicide, Bush and various experts say, and if society draws too much of a “straight line between being bullied and suicide, that gives children the impression that, if I’m being bullied … maybe that’s something I should do.”

On the flip side, the Internet offers resources for gay youths from groups such as The Trevor Project and the It Gets Better Project. Even as an older teen, Bush used his experience to help others – teaching Sunday school and working with a minister on a suicide-prevention lesson for junior high school students.

“I knew enough to believe that I woke up the next day for a reason,” he says. “There are still days that suicide pops into my head, but … I’ve been given tools and I have support, and I know that there are solutions to whatever it is that is going on.”

Dolly Parton Says She’s Helped Family Members Come Out As Gay with hope and acceptance.


They know that I completely love and accept them (LGBT community), as I do all people. I’ve struggled enough in my life to be appreciated and understood. I’ve had to go against all kinds of people through the years just to be myself. I think everybody should be allowed to be who they are, and to love who they love. I don’t think we should be judgmental. Lord, I’ve got enough problems of my own to pass judgment on somebody else.

Dolly Parton


Dolly Parton Says She’s Helped Family Members Come Out As Gay

Her LGBT relatives are “the most sensitive and most caring of all.”

09/01/2016 11:38 am ET

Dolly Parton’s professed love for the LGBT community extends beyond her fervent fanbase.

In a new interview with PrideSource, the 70-year-old country queen says she has “many” gay and lesbian family members, and she’s always loved them unconditionally. Parton didn’t name names, but added that she’s “had many people through the years who I have helped to feel good about themselves.”

“Whether it’s about being gay or whatever, a lot of people do me like they used to do my mama and come to talk to me about things,” she said. “I say, ‘You need to let people know who you are and you need to come on out. You don’t need to live your life in darkness ― what’s the point in that? You’re never gonna be happy; you’re gonna be sick. You’re not gonna be healthy if you try to suppress your feelings and who you are.’”

Her LGBT friends and family members, she said, “just want to make the world a more beautiful place like I do.”

Parton has discussed her LGBT following in a number of recent interviews. In July, she told The Guardian that she feels “more like a family member or an aunt or an older sister or a friend” to those fans.

“I’ve often said people don’t come to see me to see me, they come to see me to see them,” Parton said. “I’ve fought for the right to be myself, so that is one of the reasons that the gays and lesbians relate to me. They know that I appreciate everybody for who they are.”

The icon is, once again, in the midst of another banner year professionally. Her latest album, “Pure & Simple,” shot to No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart after it was released Aug. 19. She’ll kick off the Canadian leg of her acclaimed “Pure & Simple” Tour, which has already thrilled audiences in Philadelphia, Boston and New York, on Sept. 9.

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