Metaphysical Sharing Community Board

We hope you find inspiration from these thoughts, prayers, and comments shared by the Principia community.

 

January 27, 2022, by Ginger Emden

Our family feels warm affection to be here with you among this dear school community, especially on these chilly winter mornings.

In my prayer today, the phrase, "untired worshippers" came to mind. I thought of the many ways the teachers, parents, staff, and students worship God with very practical, steady, uncomplaining, and tender acts of service.

It makes sense that God, as the source, doesn't run out of goodness and that our worship/praise can be constantly refreshed. I love to worship God by taking a walk. This helps me stop "multi-tasking" or "double-tasking" as our older daughter calls it.

Here's the complete idea about "untired worshippers" from Mary Baker Eddy's book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

"Instinct is better than misguided reason, as even nature declares. The violet lifts her blue eye to greet the early spring. The leaves clap their hands as nature's untired worshippers. The snowbird sings and soars amid the blasts; he has no catarrh from wet feet, and procures a summer residence with more ease than a nabob. The atmosphere of the earth, kinder than the atmosphere of mortal mind, leaves catarrh to the latter. Colds, coughs, and contagion are engendered solely by human theories [fear]. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 220:8)

With love and gratitude for each of you, no kid-ding!


January 1, 2022, by Allan Marquardt

Metaphysical Thoughts

  • "The God-principle is omnipresent and omnipotent . . . nothing apart from Him is present or has power." (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 473)
  • He has searched and known us, is acquainted with all our ways, compassing our path and our lying down. (Psalms 139:1–10)
  • Understanding Truth’s omnipotence destroys fear. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 454)

December 31, 2021, by Summer Wright

This week we found out school will be delayed for the start of spring semester.

As humans, we may feel like we need to scramble to make a new plan. It’s comforting to me that the Bible Lesson this week brings out the story of Jacob making stones his “pillows” in the wilderness.

I just thought of the stones as the foundation of Principia, and what a comfort those “stones” can be.

God shows up as Jacob starts to see angels coming and going to him from heaven. He says, “surely God was in this place and I knew it not.”

Wherever we may be with planning or on our spiritual journey, I’ve found that taking some time to be comforted by the foundation stones of our being turns what can seem like harsh or rigid stones of protocols, rules, or laws into a comforting safety we often find when our heads hit our pillows at the end of the day.

If the Comforter truly has come and is here, then we can find all the “stones” that were laid in place for its arrival are a comfort to our lives….


November 28, 2021, by Emmanuel Tekila

At the beginning of this week's Bible Lesson, we have a quote from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: "God, good, being ever present, it follows in divine logic that evil, the suppositional opposite of good, is never present" (p. 72:21–23).

I found this quote very inspiring for each one of us. Mrs Eddy is referring to animal magnetism as a suppositional opposite of good. I like it because this shows that evil, that is to say anything that suggests that we can separated from God, is just a supposition which has no scientific basis and cannot speak, change, influence, take the form of any of us or think; it’s totally without any logic or intelligence. From this starting, it results that evil is never present and cannot influence our life experience.

As part of a campus, it can be useful to think everyday on that basis. Because evil does not have any intelligence, it can’t influence anyone on the campus and cannot take the form of anyone because man, the real being of each of us is fully supported by God.

Anything which is contrary to good, God, is just a lie. And we don’t have to accept a lie. It’s just a so-called despotism which has no power.

I have been thinking on these lines throughout this week.


November 18, 2021, by Allan Marquardt

In last week's Bible Lesson, God asked Jeremiah, concerning the two baskets of figs, what he saw. He answered some good and others "naughty" or evil. This made me wonder whether we're allowing ourselves to see each other as holding conflicting or incompatible views of Principia's future, then falling into opposing camps. When we understand scientifically that divine Love manifests itself in infinitely individual ways, we cannot see contradiction in each other or in Principia's future. God is moving Principia forward with wholeness and continuity, and it's our task to envision the necessary blending of His ideas to bring the work of The Principia to full fruition in the coming decades.

We cannot be mesmerized into errant, divisive thinking if we're faithfully about this work, seeing it as truly the result of scientific demonstration. Principia's house is not comprised of two separate, conflicting visions (or even motives), resulting in a third entity carrying out a deluded sense of mission or strategy (see Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 204:3,18). Such an erroneous theory can never stand the test of Science, the law of divine Principle. As mere mortal thinking begins to disappear, the verities of inspired education will appear. And we'll find ourselves supporting each other's views in constructive, mutually reassuring ways. This is the turning from the mortal belief of things towards Truth and gathering the facts of being from the divine Mind of which Mrs. Eddy speaks (Science and Health, p. 370:2). As we collectively do this, we'll see Principia's real future, and every Principian as duly related to and reflective of God (Science and Health, p. 316:3).


November 16, 2021, by Ginger Emden

I've been thinking about Christmas and took time to re-read the Christmas story from the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). I wanted to sort out what was the biblical narrative vs. the post-production add-ons.

I spent some time thinking about Jesus' cousin John the Baptist. His whole gig was to make way for the Christ, that model of light, healing, comfort, inclusivity, and reform. I love that John knew that he wasn't the star of his own show, he was grateful to shine light on his cousin.

What a simple prayer to pray, "It's not about me, but the Christ!"

Isn't that what's at the heart of Principia with its mission to serve the Cause of Christian Science? Principia is inherently thinking big. It doesn't exist for its own bottom line, glorification, or self-perpetuation. It exists to help us all grow to be more heavenly minded, kind, and confident to tackle any big obstacle.

Extra big love and courage to the families, teachers, and administrators who've had to juggle days off from school, workloads, and oh yes care/learning for our children!

We're not even to Thanksgiving, and people have had plenty of "humble pie" as they've had to dial back expectations, plans, and needs in order to walk with God each day.

Shout out to my friend Lucia DePaz (business professor at Principia College) who reminded me that like John the Baptist, top-notch leaders find ways to serve and empower others. They don't need to be the star.  I love that Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy were such models of light and healing while maintaining the message that we are each part of this ministry too! Nothing can separate us from God's love.

No doubt, this prayer just reaches wide to include all schools, countries, governments, and people.


November 12, 2021, by John Biggs

I have been really appreciating the instruction given in this passage from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "Unconscious mortal mind — alias matter, brain — cannot dictate terms to consciousness nor say, 'I am sick.' The belief, that the unconscious substratum of mortal mind, termed the body, suffers and reports disease independently of this so-called conscious mind, is the error which prevents mortals from knowing how to govern their bodies" (p. 409).

How important it is, to adamantly admit and look to one divine Mind alone as Governor and Savior of body and self. There is no separate body out there which suffers independently and we have to try to pray to sort it out. Mind perfectly includes all Her ideas. So, when we're invested in caring for a body of students and staff, how wonderful to remember that this body, too, is not a teeming mass of matter but is, in fact, a gathering of spiritual ideas. We can let ourselves be confidently informed by Spirit. How do we do this? By developing our habit of looking to Spirit in each step.

Our instruction continues in this very encouraging reminder: "God is more to a man than his belief, and the less we acknowledge matter or its laws, the more immortality we possess. Consciousness constructs a better body when faith in matter has been conquered. Correct material belief by spiritual understanding, and Spirit will form you anew" (Science and Health, p. 425).

It's so good to know that our spirituality is not a function of how much we do or don't know. Transformation of our entire sense of things is always possible; let's persist in turning to the One who loves us all, instead of the evidence of mindless fear, to find our transformation and way forward.

It's worth pointing out that, no matter how long this "popular phase" seems to have dragged on for, this can be healed and eradicated from our consciousness and experience. We are NOT just trying to "manage" during a crisis. We are stepping up consciously and actively into our role as healers. This claim of being randomly victimized by fallout from an accident is so bizarrely unjust, and has nothing to do with the clarity of God's order and perfect knowledge of His creation. We have the right to let our consciousness be filled with the justice and love of God.

How wonderful it is to be consciously and intentionally engaged in our being shepherded by our dear Father-Mother, divine Love.


September 24, 2021, by Allan Marquardt

During the annual meeting of The Mother Church in the year the extension was completed and dedicated, there was certainty expressed that branch churches would also enlarge their hospitality so that seekers, hungering and thirsting after practical righteousness, might be satisfied.

I can’t help but think of Principia—its faculty, staff, students, and alumni—as working to graciously meet world conditions with similar motives. Implicit in this enlarged hospitality was an expectation that criticism among workers would subside and that those who had been peace breakers would become peacemakers. “Nothing will be lost, however, by those who relinquish their cherished resentments, forsake animosity, and abandon their strongholds of rivalry. Through rivalries among leaders Christendom became divided into warring sects; but the demand for this age is for peacemaking, so that Christianity may more widely reassert its pristine power to bring health and a cure to pain-racked and sorrow-worn humanity. ... [Christian Science] teaches us to
rise from sentimental affection which admires friends and hates enemies, into brotherly love which is just and kind to all and unable to cherish any enmity” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, pp. 40-41).

And this week’s Bible Lesson includes a passage from Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures (p. 335:27) about reality being spiritual, harmonious, immutable, immortal, divine, eternal. Because God is Spirit, man, including everyone engaged in the work of Principia, is spiritual, sacred, and valued. He is concordant, agreeably related to God and to his fellow man, and free of impairment or harm. He is unchangeable; he cannot offend, be faulted, defective, or ineffective. He cannot be estranged from nor disassociated with God. He cannot withdraw from or become indifferent to God's will or to his fellow man. He is deathless, meaning his life is unsevered, undivided. He is supremely principled and God-like. His relation to God is forever unchanged,
indestructible, tangibly valid, and characterized by abiding fellowship.

Let us claim all of this for ourselves and for the world as we meet it with God’s grace.


September 20, 2021, by Gillian Greenhill Hannum

I often find myself coming back to Hymn 85. In particular, I've been focusing on the second verse:

"Open now our eyes to see,
As the clouds of sense are riven,
We behold reality,
Know the glory of Thy heaven;
So we seek Thy perfect healing
Through the Truth of Thy revealing."


August 18, 2021, by Ginger Emden

I've been praying this week with the idea from the Bible, "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you" (James 4:8). Whatever we do—learn, walk, play, or make friends— it's close to God. Love to all. Glad there is a community space to share the prayer.


August 17, 2021, by Christine Fleer

This morning driving to school, we were listening to the lesson on Mind. It is excellent and the girls really loved the ideas of bringing every though that is unlike good into captivity! Being a police person of their thought and removing the "bad guys" or error thoughts. It was so clear to me that these children, the staff, the campus and community at large are embraced as Mary Baker Eddy says in the panoply (armor) of God! That armor is impenetrable and that loving extends to every single one of God's ideas. We can lovingly do the human footsteps with grace and love our neighbor through this. As the theme this year for school, CedarS, and the annual meeting, we are embracing “Walk thou with courage each step of the way. … Grace to go forward …” (Christian Science Hymnal, Hymn 278).

 


January 22, 2021, by Rachel Soney

The preschool 4 students made lanterns in class and bird feeders at home with their families. Today after school, we will gather with their parents for a community event. The families will hang the bird feeders they made on our playground, and we will process to one of the outdoor classrooms in the East Woods with the lanterns the children have made in class, where a bonfire and hot chocolate will be waiting. Here are the metaphysical thoughts we plan to share with the children and their parents before we head to the woods:

Our Lantern Walk
In Matthew (5:16) we read: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." As we make our way through the woods with our lanterns today, we invite you to ask, "What 'light' (what unique talents and gifts) lives within me that I can share with my family and my community?"

Hymn 600, verse 5, reminds us that, "Christ is the light with which we shine, lit from within with this love divine. Step out with courage, dare to go, Give from the heart the love you know." Let our Lantern Walk inspire and rekindle the light we cherish within ourselves and remind us to share it in ways that are meaningful to ourselves and those around us."

"We welcome the increase of knowledge and the end of error, because even human invention must have its day, and we want that day to be succeeded by Christian Science, by divine reality." (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy 95:19–22)


January 5, 2021, by Frank Vacin

This passage from Science and Health has been a finger-post for us lately:

"We welcome the increase of knowledge and the end of error, because even human invention must have its day, and we want that day to be succeeded by Christian Science, by divine reality." (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy 95:19–22)


August 31, 2020, by Kevin Capp

Today. The new school year starts today for both the Principia school and college. Whether the students are studying remotely or in person, Principians are coming together today to embrace each other (at a safe distance), embrace this challenge, and to embrace mankind in love. Isn’t it reassuring to know students at all levels have the tools to handle this need?

The Golden Text of this week’s Christian Science lesson is Luke 17:21 "...behold, the kingdom of God is within you." Finding and expressing Love is not a challenging or confusing endeavor. Embracing each other and the world in Love is available here and now because the ability is already within us.

As the students walk into classrooms and communicate with the teachers for the first time in a while, I imagine the kingdom of God growing brighter. But I’m sure it won’t be easy. New challenges will present themselves.

Jesus instructs us to fear not. I’m picturing Jesus walking on the waves during a great storm and not being worried about sinking. Fear tries to agitate our thinking and keep us from expressing our true nature. But with more training and practice this school year, students will become more mindful to let go of error and focus on expressing their true individuality as a reflection of Love.

The reflection of Love from every student, staff, and teacher will be bright no matter how many masks cover the face. This school year is going to be great!


August 12, 2020, by Kristin Jennings

I am profoundly grateful for this moment in time because I know with great challenge comes great blessings. As I comb through the past few years at Principia, what stands out to me is the practical and spiritual preparation that has readied the community for today’s difficult world environment. I’ve seen my daughter participate in the St. Louis Spring trip learning in part about Redlining, administrators and students have attended Student Diversity conferences, love thy neighbor lessons have been abundant and selfless service has been a constant focus. This summer I see administration working with each other, the community, local doctors, state health administration, students and parents to achieve reopening. As our children prepare to go back to school, I know that God’s love is the constant and willingness to listen and follow Divinely inspired direction will protect and bless us all. One of my favorite sentences from Science and Health is:

“Willingness to become as a little child and to leave the old for the new, renders thought receptive of the advanced idea.” S&H 323:32-2

What a simple yet profound thought!

A few other places I have found extra inspiration include:


August 12, 2020

I would like to share an inspiration for today while getting ready for Wednesday meeting and preparing our son for his move to Principia.

Why are we here, and who are we?
What is his purpose for you and me?
Our little light seems small and dim
Next to the blaze that comes from him!

He told us, / You are the salt of the earth,
You are the light of the world.
So follow me and shine out
For you are the light of the world!

Christ is the light with which we shine,
Lit from within by this love divine.
Step out with courage, dare to go,
Give from the heart the love you know.

He told us,
We are the salt of the earth,
We are the light of the world.
We follow him and shine out
For Christ is the light of the world!
(The Christian Science Hymnal, No. 600:3–6)


June 23, 2020 from Lindsey A. Roder

Divine Mind is the best friend of the body." (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures Mary Baker Eddy, 176:19)

Ah! but Christ, Truth, the spirit of Life and the friend of Mortal Man, can open wide those prison doors and set the captive free. Swift on the wings of divine Love, there comes a despatch: “Delay the execution; the prisoner is not guilty.” Consternation fills the prison-yard. Some exclaim, “It is contrary to law and justice.” Others say, “The law of Christ supersedes our laws; let us follow Christ.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy 433:31)

From Fruitage: In three weeks after beginning Science and Health, to my joyful surprise I found myself a well man, sound physically, and uplifted spiritually. Life was being lived from a new basis, the old things of personal sense were passing away and all things becoming new. I learned that the infinite good is the one Friend upon whom we can call at all times, an all-powerful, ever-present help in every time of trouble; that His children are really governed in peace and harmony by spiritual law, and as the right understanding of it is gained, the other things soon follow, bringing a peace the human concept can never know. For the last twelve years my whole time has been devoted to Christian Science practice, and I have seen nearly every so-called incurable disease healed by its beneficent influence. God bless our dear Leader! She has set before us an open door, which no man can shut, and it is but a question of time when the world will know her better and love her more.(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures 695:8-27)

O Lord, I would delight in Thee,
And on Thy care depend;
To Thee in every trouble flee,
My best, my ever Friend.
When all material streams are dried,
Thy fullness is the same;
May I with this be satisfied,
And glory in Thy name.

All good, where’er it may be found,
Its source doth find in Thee;
I must have all things and abound,
While God is God to me.
O that I had a stronger faith,
To look within the veil,
To credit what my Saviour saith,
Whose word can never fail.

He that has made my heaven secure,
Will here all good provide;
While Christ is rich, can I be poor?
What can I want beside?
O God, I cast my care on Thee;
I triumph and adore;
Henceforth my great concern shall be
To love and praise Thee more. (Hymn 224)


June 23, 2020

From last week's Bible Lesson, we read that "A man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land." (Isa. 32:2). One of James F. Gilman's many paintings of The Mother Church includes a painting of the original edifice during a storm. Carrying the title "Wednesday Evening Meeting" and/or "Covert from the Tempest", this painting makes it crystal clear that church in its broadest sense is our defense from the storm! In the painting, as the woman in the foreground carries her umbrella towards the light streaming from the church, we see this protecting, guiding light is our safe haven and strong tower - God's sheltering arms over "me, and mine, and all". Stay close to church. Stay close to God and His idea, the Christ, and the storm cannot touch us. We are in the shadow of a great rock, the strong deliverer, His right hand of omnipotent Love.


June 4, 2020 from Jim Miotke

The Lesson Sermon this week is (as always) healing my thought and helping me blot out images of material sense. Three ideas stand out:

"Rise in the conscious strength of the spirit of Truth to overthrow the plea of mortal mind, alias matter, arrayed against the supremacy of Spirit." (S&H 390:32)

"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted." (Matthew 5:4)

"Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." (Romans 12:2)

I am grateful God loves us and enables us to discern the truth and reject the lie. Love conquers all because Love is what's real.


April 27, 2020, from Wendy Rankin

"The physical affirmation of disease should always be met with the mental negation. Whatever benefit is produced on the body, must be expressed mentally, and thought should be held fast to this ideal... Your decisions will master you, whichever direction they take. Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously. When the condition is present which you say induces disease, whether it be air, exercise, heredity, contagion, or accident, then perform your office as porter and shut out these unhealthy thoughts and fears. Exclude from mortal mind the offending errors; then the body cannot suffer from them. The issues of pain or pleasure must come through mind, and like a watchman forsaking his post, we admit the intruding belief, forgetting that through divine help we can forbid this entrance." (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, pp. 392:11–15, 22–3)

"God's law reaches and destroys evil by virtue of the allness of God. He need not know the evil He destroys, any more than the legislator need know the criminal who is punished by the law enacted. God's law is in three words, 'I am All;' and this perfect law is ever present to rebuke any claim of another law. God pities our woes with the love of a Father for His child, — not by becoming human, and knowing sin, or naught, but by removing our knowledge of what is not. He could not destroy our woes totally if He possessed any knowledge of them. His sympathy is divine, not human. It is Truth's knowledge of its own infinitude which forbids the genuine existence of even a claim to error. This knowledge is light wherein there is no darkness,— not light holding darkness within itself. The consciousness of light is like the eternal law of God, revealing Him and nothing else..." (No and Yes, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 30:7–23)

"Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." (Joshua 1:9)


April 23, 2020

Why can we keep praying, keep letting our sense of things rest on and proceed from unchangeable, divine Principle alone? Because God made us to glorify Him and to show how good He is. This is a reflection from someone in the chapter on Fruitage, sharing what they learned from their study of Science and Health:

"Through reading the textbook I learned that God has given us strength to do all we have to do, and that it is the things we do not have to do (the envying, strife, emulating, vainglorying, and so on) that leave in their wake fatigue and discord." (683:18)

It's the things we don't need to do, that weary us. And God MADE us to do the things that we can and need to do. Supply (of health, patience, peace, safety) is from God. The spring of water keeps bubbling; the river keeps flowing because the spring is what it is. God IS - He is the Being, the I AM. So, as His effect, how could we NOT have supply? So, we spend our time praising God. If you can't praise God while you do what you're doing or think what you're thinking, then stop doing it and thinking it. Praising God can always accompany our right actions.

"... ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:" (I Peter 2:9 2nd ye)

"Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen." (Jude 1:24, 25)


April 14, 2020, from John Biggs

How important it is, to remember that we are wrestling with beliefs, not with truth. FDR was wrong; we don't need to be afraid of fear. The TRUTH is that disease and disharmony are unreal, because impossible under God. So, even while we still labor under a belief and work to come out from it, we can still rejoice that the belief is not a statement or assessment of fact. We follow the faithfulness of Jesus in turning to God alone for our information. Even though plenty of sources try to give us information, we only go to a worthy and trusted source. We are not slaves to fear; whether it is a fear of lack, disease, a fear of others, etc, it has no power to enact itself. Thus, we do not have to give it power (to our sense of things) by resting thought on it. Whatever fear comes to thought, we can rejoice in the fact that that's not YOUR fear! "Love is the liberator," making us free by literally making us free from the beginning: we were made to be free. God is so good and He never made us subject to belief. Let your beliefs be instructed out of themselves, not by fearing them but by turning our gaze to the truth. "Where shall the gaze rest but in the unsearchable realm of Mind? We must look where we would walk, and we must act as possessing all power from Him in whom we have our being." (264:9)


April 11, 2020, from Lori Biesterfeldt

Mrs. Eddy says, "To strike out right and left against the mist, never clears the vision; but to lift your head above it, is a sovereign panacea." -- "Miscellaneous Writings", p 355. But "how"? God instructed Moses, "...the Lord spake...go...and say...Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go, that they may serve me." --Exodus 8:1. Jesus imparted the divine law that governs, the Christ speaking throughout all generations, including those to come. "Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." -- Matt 22.


April 6, 2020

I'm grateful that Truth protects, and no matter what. Truth never changes, and is always working always active. I'm grateful that as someone felt the urge to share with my family recently, we should be grateful that God's Love and health and harmony rule and remain constant in HIS universe.

It's freeing to know we can pray for the world knowing everyone is safe underneath the everlasting arms and that there is no us and them, but just one perfect infinite Life.


April 6, 2020, from John Biggs

"A holy air is breathing round, / A fragrance from above: / Be every thought from sense unbound, / Be every action love." (The Christian Science Hymnal, No. 4:1)

This is the atmosphere we are truly in. This is the standpoint we prepare from and the commitment we adhere to. This community is a beacon of hope and an example of how things can go and be, when people are committed to honesty and the sense of good that is more than just personal wants. God IS good, and to worship God is to worship good. "There is no door through which evil can enter, and no space for evil to fill in a mind filled with goodness. Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited." (The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 210:5)

This hymn and Mrs. Eddy's statement are such beautiful reminders that a holy air IS breathing round and we all can feel it; any temptation to inhale stress and exhale discouragement and frustration is a lie from the outset and is heal-able. This virus is not a cause for anything. Health, purpose, action of that purpose (employment), and provision are all found in God and He is certainly always outpouring His love. And we are able to rest our thought there and let that thought radiate out to others as well.


April 3, 2020, from Wendy Rankin

I've been thinking a lot lately about the words "Principle" and "witness". I love how these two words go hand-in-hand.

Principle denotes law, order, harmony, cause, strength and calm. It is immovable, unshakable law. It is God upholding, protecting, and embracing His own cherished creation and giving each of us the authority and ability to fulfill our one true job which is to bear witness to God's very being.

To bear witness to something is to give evidence of—to show proof of a truth or fact. So, if we are the proof, the actual evidence of God, then it is impossible for us to bear witness to anything unlike our source of being. Or for us to accept anything else as fact. We can only ever attest the truth.

"Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he" (Isaiah 43:10)


April 3, 2020

We expect a bright tomorrow,
All will be well;
Faith can sing through days of sorrow,
All must be well;
While His truth we are applying,
And upon His love relying,
God is every need supplying,
All, all is well.
(Hymn 350)


April 2, 2020

I'm so grateful that we are not just praying to weather the storm.

"The Christian Scientist has enlisted to lessen evil, disease, and death; and he will overcome them by understanding their nothingness and the allness of God, or good. Sickness to him is no less a temptation than is sin, and he heals them both by understanding God's power over them. The Christian Scientist knows that they are errors of belief, which Truth can and will destroy." (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, 450:19)

We don't believe that we can be forced to sin. Likewise, the same law applies to our sense of health. We cannot be forced to give consent to the power of contagion or the belief of life in matter. We love to let Truth show Herself and keep doing Her work; we are just very very intentional about casting all our weight on the side of Truth. "The author has endeavored to make this book the Æsculapius of mind as well as of body, that it may give hope to the sick and heal them, although they know not how the work is done. Truth has a healing effect, even when not fully understood." (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 152:5)

We always can choose to cast our weight on the side of Truth.


March 31, 2020, from Lori Biesterfeldt

Here's a new insight from St. John's vision in the "Genesis" chapter of Science and Health, p 535, by Mary Baker Eddy.

The marginal heading is: “New earth and no more sea” for this paragraph.

"In the first chapter of Genesis we read: 'And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called He Seas.' In the Apocalypse it is written: 'And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.' In St. John's vision, heaven and earth stand for spiritual ideas, and the sea, as a symbol of tempest-tossed human concepts advancing and receding, is represented as having passed away. The divine understanding reigns, is all, and there is no other consciousness."


March 31, 2020, from Ruth DiPietro

I wish I can remember who wrote the essay I read years ago by a Practitioner Teacher, but I clearly remember the message: that Spirit is the only power that grows, Love is the only power that spreads, and Divine Mind is the only intelligence that informs. I have been meditating along this line of prayer for each of God's seven synonyms which has had a huge calming effect.


March 30, 2020, from Lori Biesterfeldt

What is bringing you healing through studying this week's Christian Science Bible Lesson, "Unreality"?

Here's one insight. "These opposite qualities are the tares and wheat, which never really mingle, though (to mortal sight) they grow side by side until the harvest; then, Science separates the wheat from the tares, through the realization of God as ever present and of man as reflecting the divine likeness." Mary Baker Eddy, "Science and Health" p 300.

That "harvest" is right here, right now. Why? Christian Science is already here. I acknowledge its immediacy, now, completely meeting all needs -- no delay.

Also, the "Scientific Translation of Immortal Mind... Idea:.. the immediate object of understanding." "Science and Health" p 115. Again, immediate or at-once -- no delay.

This is so specific to The Principia, "Children... not in embryo, but in maturity" and "Children...the spiritual thoughts and representatives of Life, Truth, and Love." "Science and Health, p 582.

In other words, "Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest." -- John 4:35

I'll be bearing witness to this today. Join in this triumphant work!


March 28, 2020

This paragraph from Mrs Eddy’s Retrospective and Introspection, page 22 helps me to know that the challenge will be overcome:

"It may be that the mortal life-battle still wages, and must continue till its involved errors are vanquished by victory-bringing Science; but this triumph will come! God is over all. He alone is our origin, aim, and being. The real man is not of the dust, nor is he ever created through the flesh; for his father and mother are the one Spirit, and his brethren are all children of the one parent, the eternal good."

When I go to the store and see large groups of people I pray to see all in this light - my brothers and sisters and children of a perfect healthy God.


March 28, 2020, from Judith (Haugan) Ryan

A Jewish friend recently wrote about how this may be the first Passover where a "plague" kept her from celebrating Passover with her congregation. Her letter got me thinking about Passover which of course, as a Jew, Jesus celebrated. I thought about sharing in the Passover celebration, rejoicing in the Old Testament Passover, where, through full obedience to God's commands, the Hebrews were (and we can be as well) set apart and completely protected from all "plagues" that would attempt to "come nigh thy dwelling" (King James Version Ps. 91).

I have really enjoyed praying with Psalm 91 that promises that God will protect us from deadly disease. This Bible passage is from Eugene Pederson's The Message. You've got to love Pederson's adaptation when he writes, "Call me and I'll answer, be at your side in bad times; I'll rescue you, then throw you a party." Not only a promise of protection but a party as well. And I'm sure we'll all be looking forward to that when we emerge from state mandated "stay-at-home."

Psalm 91: 1-16 The Message
You who sit down in the High God's presence,
     spend the night in Shaddai's shadow,
Say this: "God, you're my refuge.
     I trust in you and I'm safe!"
That's right—he rescues you from hidden traps,
     shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you—
     under them you're perfectly safe;
     his arms fend off all harm.
Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night,
     not flying arrows in the day,
Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
     not disaster that erupts at high noon.
Even though others succumb all around,
     drop like flies right and left,
     no harm will even graze you.
You'll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance,
     watch the wicked turn into corpses.
Yes, because God's your refuge,
     the High God your very own home,
Evil can't get close to you,
     harm can't get through the door.
He ordered his angels
     to guard you wherever you go.
If you stumble, they'll catch you;
     their job is to keep you from falling.
You'll walk unharmed among lions and snakes,
     and kick young lions and serpents from the path.
"If you'll hold on to me for dear life," says God,
     "I'll get you out of any trouble.
I'll give you the best of care
     if you'll only get to know and trust me.
Call me and I'll answer, be at your side in bad times;
     I'll rescue you, then throw you a party.
I'll give you a long life,
     give you a long drink of salvation!"


March 28, 2020

We thank Thee, Father-Mother, / For blessings, light and grace / Which bid mankind to waken / And see Thee face to face. / We thank Thee, when in anguish / We turn from sense to Soul, / That we may hear Thee calling: / Rejoice, for thou art whole. (Hymn. 374:3)

We are grateful for God's loving care and direction in handling this challenging situation. Moment by moment we turn away from the mortal sense seeking and following spiritual sense. Each student, faculty and staff are protected and guided each day to the conclusion that we remain protected, loved and whole. Our Father Mother leads us forward with kindness, patience, compassion as we help each other along the way in teaching and taking care of the needs of the students, parents and the entire educational system.

Our God is All-in-all, / His children cannot fear; / See baseless evil fall, / And know that God is here. (Hymn. 267:1)


March 27, 2020, from Karen Eckert

I was emailing with a friend (also a Principia parent) last week and she gave me permission to share a few lines of our exchange. I love the comment by her practitioner and I thought others might, as well: "I really appreciate the emphasis on metaphysical work the emails from the college have. Was just chatting with a practitioner friend who looked up the definition of corona - a ring of colored light seen around a luminous body. That is the Truth of being - the light of God surrounding our luminous identity. Know we are with you. All will be well.


March 23, 2020, from Duncan Charters

Karen Montanaro pointed out in a metaphysical talk on the College campus that a virus has no nucleus or core, therefore no identity, For me, this recalled Mary Baker Eddy's statement "The divine Mind maintains all identities, from a blade of grass to a star, as distinct and eternal" (S&H 70:12-13). So there is no identity in a virus to be maintained; and our identity is maintained distinct, and therefore cannot be invaded by anything else, even less by something claiming an identity when it has none. COVID - claim of virus is dead; 19 - Acts 19:19 false knowledge is burned up: "Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men" followed in v.20 by "So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed." The word of God is all that can grow, and the only power that can prevail.


March 23, 2020

Each night as I put our baby boy to bed I sing him the hymn titled "Love" by Mary Baker Eddy. The first line expands my thought to the world so quickly,

"Brood o'er us with Thy sheltering wing, 'neath which our spirits blend..."

I see each night that as our "spirits" blend, we see the oneness of God and Love's harmonious reflection in all of his people - all of us - in perfect health as imaged forth by Principle. The image of the beast - material mindedness - would say that there is no oneness and that if we try to connect in these times, it will bring sickness and death. That is the opposing view to what is really happening. It is not the truth of creation. Reality literally means "that which lasts," and the lasting truth we have is turning the mortal picture to the immortal reality and bringing heaven to earth. It shows us there is no fault to find, not resentment to hold, no fear to isolate. God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient and as I practice this truth, I see it come alive in my life. Thank you all for joining me in this radical stand for what is right while still being compassionate with others in your day-to-day activities.

March 21, 2020, from John Biggs

Metaphysical Thoughts Love is the only light and the only lens we need in order to see. Love, being Mind, includes all wisdom and alertness, and we humbly walk in ways that indicate that Love-centric, Love-encompassing view. I'm appreciating very much this counsel from Mrs. Eddy:

"I enjoin it upon my students to hold no controversy or enmity over doctrines and traditions, or over the misconceptions of Christian Science, but to work, watch, and pray for the amelioration of sin, sickness, and death. ...

... God will “furnish a table in the wilderness” and show the power of Love." (No. 8:19–22; 9:20)

I love this reflection from Fruitage, stating what someone learned from reading SH: "Through reading the textbook I learned that God has given us strength to do all we have to do, and that it is the things we do not have to do (the envying, strife, emulating, vainglorying, and so on) that leave in their wake fatigue and discord." (SH 683:18)

How wonderful to pray to see that we are spending our time doing what we actually do need to do. Never self-centered, always God-centric, we're able to see how we serve God and love our neighbor.

God is so good to give us each other!

I am so heartened by the words: "My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. ... The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. ... The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore." (Psalms 121:2, 5, 8)

Look how God-centric this is. Our faithfulness is a reflection of God's permanence, His changelessness. Because He is here, we are able to be still and to watch Him. Because of Love, we are able to see brotherly love, compassion, alertness. Love always opens the way by showing us where She already is. God is so, so good.

"Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen." (Jude 1:24, 25)

God is the one who presents us faultless. God is the one who keeps us one with Him. We are just willing to cast our weight on the right side - to cast our nets on the right side. We will not go fishing for bad news or wonder about what's coming next. We are right here, with God, and His light absolutely shows us how to go forward - in obedience, fearlessly, calmly and alertly. Being God-centric allows us be good neighbors; instead of frantically trying to satisfy one person or another and inevitably leaving someone out, we find our purpose and our satisfaction entirely in eternal good. "My prayer, some daily good to do / To Thine, for Thee; / An offering pure of Love, whereto / God leadeth me." (The Christian Science Hymnal, No. 253:7)

"... / Who doth His will—His likeness still— / Is satisfied." (The Christian Science Hymnal, No. 160:5 who)

The status of this community - and of all our neighbors around the county and the world - is entirely defined by Spirit. Spirit regulates and governs. We're not looking for a better sense of things; we're being alert and obedient to the CORRECT sense of things. We are God's precious delights. We are tattooed on His hands!

"Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. ...

Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. ...

... For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed." (Isaiah 49:16, 22; 50:7)

Flints are firestarters! Love to be a fire starter - in a good way - keeping ourselves, and everyone our thoughts rest on, warm and comfortable. Flint is also hard - perhaps symbolically we might say steadfast. Not willful, but unreserved and established in God's placement and His naming. God is so, so good, and we are all so loved.


March 20, 2020, from Sukie Berberich

It came to me to work with the concept of the I AM. I joined this idea to stillness and the knowledge that we can never be outside of 'the closet'. The perfect place mentally and physically to draw nigh to our Father-Mother and experience solace, comfort, and the truth of how loved and inseparable we are from God.

The next inspiration joined our spiritual senses with the synonyms for God.

Principle rules with love, absolute protection, safety, and Her gentle presence.

Spirit infuses (makes 'seemingly 2 substances' into 1) with ever-present intuition.

Life freely continues and can only bestow health and hope.

Soul radiates and penetrates all atmosphere with faith and peace.

Mind animates ALL thought, in ALL way, and always--pervading all understanding.

Love heals and constantly, continuously, infinitely imparts total fruition, leaving no one out, dissolving fear in the solvent of Truth-reality.


 

March 19, 2020, from Barry Huff

As we practice social distancing out of love for our neighbor, we can find comfort in the apostle Paul’s message that nothing distances us from God’s love: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39 NRSV).

During this period that may feel like exile to some, I'm embracing our world in this message written to exiles millennia ago: "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior... you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you... Do not fear, for I am with you" (Isa 43:2-5 NRSV).


March 19, 2020, from Heather Martin

"[The] simplicity in Christ, Truth, enables one to break the mesmeric... and to antidote the hypnotic virus of matter's ugly phases," says John Tutt in "Wiser Than Serpents". There is much in that article that has offered me clarity and support.


March 18, 2020, from Terry Sheets

From "Beliefs Cannot Fasten on Man" by Paul Stark Seeley:

"Shadows cannot fasten themselves to sunbeams. No more can the ignorant, darkish beliefs and conditions of evil attach themselves to your individuality or to mine, forever living in and by God. What is mindless cannot affix itself to Mind; what is evil cannot fasten itself on good; what is error cannot annex itself to Truth; what is matter cannot join itself to Spirit."

Like Paul shaking the viper into the fire, we can feel no harm, no apprehension, no anxiety. Only new ways to carry out angel thoughts, new contributions to our day.


March 18, 2020, from John Biggs

Love is the only light and the only lens we need to see. Love, being Mind, includes all wisdom and alertness, and we humbly walk in ways that indicate that Love-centric, Love-encompassing view. I'm appreciating very much this counsel from Mrs. Eddy:

"I enjoin it upon my students to hold no controversy or enmity over doctrines and traditions, or over the misconceptions of Christian Science, but to work, watch, and pray for the amelioration of sin, sickness, and death. ...

... God will “furnish a table in the wilderness” and show the power of Love." (No and Yes 8:19–22; 9:20)


March 18, 2020, from Lori Biesterfeldt

"My heart is filled with joy, that each receding year sees the steady gain of Truth's idea in Christian Science; that each recurring year witnesses the balance adjusted more on the side of God, the supremacy of Spirit; as shown by the triumphs of Truth over error, of health over sickness, of Life over death, and of Soul over sense." (Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, p 321:7)


March 17, 2020, from John Biggs

"The Scriptures refer to God as saying, 'Come now, and let us reason together.' There is but one right Mind, and that one should and does govern man. Any copartnership with that Mind is impossible; and the only benefit in speaking often one to another, arises from the success that one individual has with another in leading his thoughts away from the human mind or body, and guiding them with Truth. That individual is the best healer who asserts himself the least, and thus becomes a transparency for the divine Mind, who is the only physician; the divine Mind is the scientific healer." (Mis. 59:19)

"... ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

... but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing." (I Thess. 4:9 2nd ye, 10 but, 11,12)

God is providing all love, supply, inspiration, guidance. Our role is to persist in love and bear witness to God and His work. No one is without His care. How wonderful to have this community stand as beacons of the love of God for all.

"Scientific discovery and the inspiration of Truth have taught me that the health and character of man become more or less perfect as his mind-models are more or less spiritual. Because God is Spirit, our thoughts must spiritualize to approach Him, and our methods grow more spiritual to accord with our thoughts. Religion and medicine must be dematerialized to present the right idea of Truth; then will this idea cast out error and heal the sick. If changeableness that repenteth itself; partiality that elects some to be saved and others to be lost, or that answers the prayer of one and not of another; if incompetency that cannot heal the sick, or lack of love that will not; if unmercifulness, that for the sins of a few tired years punishes man eternally, — are our conceptions of Deity, we shall bring out these qualities of character in our own lives and extend their influence to others." (Peo. 7:27)

"Life is God; but we say that Life is carried on through principal processes, and speculate concerning material forces. Mind is supreme; and yet we make more of matter, and lean upon it for health and life. Mind, that governs the universe, governs every action of the body as directly as it moves a planet and controls the muscles of the arm. God grant that the trembling chords of human hope shall again be swept by the divine Talitha cumi, “Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.” Then shall Christian Science again appear, to light our sepulchres with immortality." (Peo. 8:14–24)

I appreciate that Mrs. Eddy is not condemning personally or urging us to go on a 'witch hunt.' Rather we have divinely-bestowed capacity to watch thought and to watch what our conception of Deity is and how we carry out our obedience to the first commandment. Never trying to humanly will something but always following the example of our Master. How many times was he "moved with compassion" and then multitudes were healed! Love attends every step.

The Golden Text (lesson on Matter for March 22) is really speaking to me: "the Spirit is the One who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth." Our witness is reflective OF God's perfect witness and testimony. God speaks - in truth, He is the only Speaker and thus the only Updater, as it were - and our voices are responses and reflections of His voice. The Word of God does not sow confusion or darkness, but light so all may see. No one is left out of the clarity of heavenly peace.

Every next step is seen in God's light. "Shepherd show me HOW to go..." How to take our next steps (with compassion, mercy, faith, justice, love...) and not fixating or fearing WHAT to do or with WHO to talk or WHERE to go. The "how" always shows us everything else. God's witness is perfect.

As I get news about the campus closing, I am reminded of what is open: the gates of salvation, the door to the sheepfold, the way of holiness. Christ - the divine message ever speaking to the human consciousness and embracing all of humanity - is risen and we cannot be prevented from following that perfect shepherding voice.

"Though storm or discord cross my path / Thy power is still my stay, / Though human will and woe would check / My upward-soaring way; / All unafraid I wait, the while / Thy angels bring release, / For still Thy presence is with me, / And Thou dost give me peace." (Hymn. 136:2)

"Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places." (Hab. 3:17–19)

Prayer is not a means to an end. It's the natural way to conduct ourselves because we are the very manifestation of God. "We must look where we would walk, and we must act as possessing all power from Him in whom we have our being." (264:10) God's love IS here; we ARE the manifestation of Love; Love's perfect care could NEVER be deprived of those She loves. We are all so loved.

So we praise God. God isn't Santa, giving different folks different stuff. God GIVES and His manifestation - including us - is what He gives, with all the wholeness and peace that implies. "... as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." (Josh. 24:15 as)

We are all so loved. We can't be prevented from living this wonderful Love. Watch for how you can shine with it and watch how it warms you too.


March 17, 2020, from Logan Landry

"...Our surety is in our confidence that we are indeed dwellers in Truth and Love, man's eternal mansion. Such a heavenly assurance ends all warfare, and bids tumult cease, for the good fight we have waged is over, and divine Love gives us the true sense of victory."
(Pul. 3:1–2, 11–15)

No matter what the material senses seem to be trying to tell us, Truth is the surest and most reliable remedy. If I ever find myself starting to buy into the material picture, I remind myself that no matter how “big” or “small” the material problem seems to be, it is still only an illusion, a claim on mankind, and it has absolutely no substance or power. Matter is not intelligent and cannot cause vulnerability, discomfort, or any other negative thought.

I am very grateful for this metaphysical sharing board, and I know that it is having tangible impacts on our communities and the world.


March 16, 2020

Today the words “alternate reality” came to mind in prayer. I reckoned that there is no virus in God’s reality. It’s actually “entirely separate” from this belief and dream of virus.

As I pondered this message, I realized that there is in fact one reality, one lasting form of existence, that has nothing temporary in it. Reality means that which lasts. If something started or ends it has no reality, no lasting value. As the textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy states,

“Entirely separate from the belief and dream of material living, is the Life divine, revealing spiritual understanding and the consciousness of man's dominion over the whole earth. This understanding casts out error and heals the sick, and with it you can speak “as one having authority.” (SH 14:25)

I was so grateful for this little nugget Love shared with me. It has calmed fears and given courage. I hope it blesses you, too.


March 16, 2020

I've been thinking a lot about Hymn 148. Each stanza speaks to what one may be facing - ambiguity, fear, displacement... What I love to deeply is that it truly drives home the point that we are all at home in God's kingdom every second and it does not matter where we physically are. And that there, no matter what the material picture looks like, we are free. We are protected. And this doesn't just apply to us as Christian Scientists, but to all of God's children.

My gratitude for today includes for this page and our community as a whole putting in the work for the whole world. Love is all we can give and Love all we can receive.

Here are the lyrics for easy reference.

In heavenly Love abiding,
No change my heart shall fear;
And safe is such confiding,
For nothing changes here.
The storm may roar without me,
My heart may low be laid;
But God is round about me,
And can I be dismayed?

Wherever He may guide me,
No want shall turn me back;
My Shepherd is beside me,
And nothing can I lack.
His wisdom ever waketh,
His sight is never dim;
He knows the way He taketh,
And I will walk with Him.

Green pastures are before me,
Which yet I have not seen;
Bright skies will soon be o’er me,
Where darkest clouds have been.
My hope I cannot measure,
My path in life is free;
My Father has my treasure,
And He will walk with me.


March 15, 2020

As we “stand porter at the door of thought “ allowing “neither fear nor doubt to overshadow a clear sense and calm trust” “ that no evidence before the material senses can ever close my eyes to God”... obediently and loving we are meeting the unprecedented events with love being reflected in love. This is an opportunity for reflection rebalancing restoration reinvention of what should hold our highest affections and thoughts. “ one grand brotherhood” love love love love in action thought and deed.


March 15, 2020

"Cure for Epidemics"
March 16, 1899, Christian Science Sentinel

  1. "Stop talking and thinking about contagious diseases.
  2. "On arising in the morning repeat the Lord’s Prayer in the spirit of holiness.
  3. "As soon as breakfast is over, before taking up your duties of the day, take your Bible and carefully read the Ninety-first Psalm, knowing 'that God is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.' You might linger over the lines of this beautiful Psalm: 'He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler. . . . Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.' (You will observe that David said, 'His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.' Evidently David had more faith in God’s protecting power than he had in vaccine virus and poisonous lotions.)
  4. "When conversation or thoughts about disease and contagion come to you during the day, think over the inspiring words you read in the morning.
  5. "In the evening read the twenty-third Psalm, re-read the Ninety-first Psalm, repeat the Lord’s Prayer, and take care above all, to observe the first of the Ten Commandments, 'Thou shalt have no other Gods before me.' If you observe this commandment 'in spirit and in truth,' you will not let disease of any name or nature become the chief in your thought and conversation.

"It is but just to state that we got the inspiration for this prevention and cure of disease, from the writings and teachings of Rev. Mary Baker G. Eddy, Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, and have found this mode of treatment of infinite value in whatever case it has been applied.

"It has been asked what Christian Scientists will do in a time of contagion. This is what one Christian Scientist has done to direct the thoughts of the people into higher and healthier channels. If there is anything pernicious in this advice we hope it will be pointed out to us. ~Weatherford (Texas) News"


March 15, 2020

“Man beloved is in God’s care,” from hymn 149.

“Love’s sweet control,” an idea in hymn 221.

Love is governing. And each of us and our whole experience (the world) is in the care of divine Mind. The power of Love is at work; divine Principle is operating; the laws of God are supreme. We cannot be made to forget it or to doubt it!


March 14, 2020, from Allison Logan

We teach our Sunday School students the acronym for FEAR- False Evidence Appearing Real- that's a powerful start to knowing that this is nothing...nada...zip...

Also, I would like to address the uncertainty that students must be feeling at this moment- classes, graduation, sporting events, college, etc. the future in general and I love this poem (no idea who wrote this but it's brilliant).

I am the place where God shines through,
For he and I are one not two,
He wants me where and as I am,
I will not fret, or will, or plan,
And if I’ll be relaxed and free,
He’ll carry out his plan through me


March 14, 2020, from Helen Eddy

"The temporal and unreal never touch the eternal and real. The mutable and imperfect never touch the immutable and perfect. The inharmonious and self-destructive never touch the harmonious and self-existent. These opposite qualities are the tares and wheat, which never really mingle, though (to mortal sight) they grow side by side until the harvest; then, Science separates the wheat from the tares, through the realization of God as ever present and of man as reflecting the divine likeness.” SH 300:13

"He that touches the hem of Christ’s robe and masters his mortal beliefs, animality, and hate, rejoices in the proof of healing, — in a sweet and certain sense that God is Love.” SH 569:11-14

"When we touch Truth’s healing garment
And behold Life’s purity,
When we find in Love the refuge
That is man’s security,
When we turn from earth to Spirit,
And from self have won release,
Then we see the risen Saviour;
Then we know his promised peace.”
Hymn 171:2


March 13, 2020, from Janet Gordon

Playing it safe! So many are afraid they are or cannot be in a safe place. I have enjoyed reinforcing my deeper study, by taking moments throughout the day to think about safe places we live in. "The secret place of the most High" is a good place to start, and so is "In heavenly love abiding," and "In atmosphere of Love divine." Pause under the shadow of His mighty wing, discover that Love is your refuge, and let inspiration blesses the whole world pour in.


March 13, 2020, from Jim Miotke

Two quotations from Mary Baker Eddy have been especially helpful to me:

“We may well be astonished at sin, sickness, and death ... and still more astounded at hatred, which lifts its hydra head, showing its horns in the many inventions of evil. But why should we stand aghast at nothingness?” S+H 563

"Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses, Science, still enthroned, is unfolding to mortals the immutable, harmonious, divine Principle, – is unfolding Life and the universe, ever present and eternal." S+H 306:25

God is Love. We reflect Love. Keeping calm and praying, we are right now the full expression of Good. There is no disease. I thank God that we are the called, according to His purpose and that all things indeed work together for good.


March 13, 2020

It's time for Love. The "Perfect Love" that casts out fear. The "God is Love" kind of Love. This is the Love that we are all made of. Perfect Love is our only, true, real substance.

This Love "fills all space and it is impossible to conceive of such omnipresence and individuality, except as infinite Spirit or Mind..." says Mary Baker Eddy in our textbook.

We are all the children of Love, now and always, in every way, shape and circumstance. "There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has all power and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God." Science and Health.

I am so grateful that we all have the opportunity and obligation to "Fight the good fight..." CS hymnal #59-61 and witness together that "Universal Love is the divine way in Christian Science." Science and Health, page 266.

This Love heals and blesses us and all mankind.


March 13, 2020

From Mary Baker Eddy's poem "Satisfied"....

"..false fears are foes - truth tatters those when understood

Love looseth thee, and lifteth me,
   Ayont hate's thrall:
There Life is light, and wisdom might,
   And GOD IS ALL."


March 13, 2020, from Inge Hardi

The author of a recent article in the Christian Science Sentinel writes: "In light of today’s 24-hour news cycle, it seems clear to me that we can have a positive impact by taking a daily 'dose' of the peace and power of individual clarity and spiritual wholeness. Prayer can lift us out of the swirl of fear, and it can be a calming, healing influence in our communities as well." (Sentinel Article 1/28/20 on Contagion)


March 13, 2020, from Christine F.

“Arise ye people, take your stand, cast out your idols from the land.” What a great opportunity for the world-wide community to pray together and see fear disband. I am so grateful to have a way to help.

It has been so clear to me this week that we have 1 God, 1 Mind directing all right activities. Let us continue to work, watch and pray together.


March 13, 2020, from Jamie

"6. And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just, and pure."

The "Christ", pure and powerful, is the blessing and healing for all mankind. Who better to share this, than we ourselves?


March 13, 2020, from Robby Butler

Thanks to Zeya Kyaw for forwarding me the article "To Make Health Catching". A highlight:

"'Mortals have only to submit to the law of God, come into sympathy with it, and to let His will be done. This unbroken motion of the law of divine Love gives, to the weary and heavy-laden, rest' (Mary Baker Eddy, Miscellaneous Writings, 208 —10). There is no corner of the universe where this presence is not, so there is everywhere a contagion of Life, and an infection of health and perfectness. "The spiritual power of a scientific, right thought, without a direct effort, an audible or even a mental argument, has oftentimes healed inveterate diseases" (Rudimental Divine Science, 19—11). This explains the healing often done in meetings of Christian Scientists. Their thoughts were in harmony with the divine and healthful vigor of the great spiritual presence, so that it was free to do its work. This also explains the common influence of deeply spiritual healers, whose presence often heals and almost always helps those who will receive the higher influence. This is the power of Science and Health, for it brings its readers through its pages into connection with the health-giving, health-catching power of Divine Science. "Christian Science silences human will, quiets material thought with Truth and Love, and illustrates the unlabored motion of the divine energy in healing the sick" (S.& H. 442—15). Jesus said in his last conversation with his disciples, "Now are ye clean through the word which I have spoken unto you," and the vitality of that word is to-day undiminished. Pure Mind gives out an atmosphere that heals and saves."


March 13, 2020

For those re-booking flights and packing up dorm rooms... for those figuring out how to teach remotely ... for families making adjustments...

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Rom. 8:28)"

For a world looking for reassurance and peace.

The Old Testament assigns to the angels, God's divine messages, different offices. Michael's characteristic is spiritual strength. He leads the hosts of heaven against the power of sin, Satan, and fights the holy wars. Gabriel has the more quiet task of imparting a sense of the ever-presence of ministering Love. These angels deliver us from the depths. Truth and Love come nearer in the hour of woe, when strong faith or spiritual strength wrestles and prevails through the understanding of God. The Gabriel of His presence has no contests. To infinite, ever-present Love, all is Love, and there is no error, no sin, sickness, nor death. (SH 566:29–8)


March 13, 2020, from Lora McMullin

Listening to the Wednesday testimony from the Mother Church this morning and I just love the words of Hymn 476!

Hymn 476
Friedrich Preller; Eng. Tr. CSPS

Fearful heart, put all your cares
Completely in your dear God's hands;
Love feeds you with Her great strength
And your faith will always stand.
Now as you go safely forward,
Walk securely in Love's grace.
Give to God the praise and glory;
Fear and doubt have no more place.

Longing heart, don't give up hope
When threats of evil overwhelm.
Love now keeps Her promise true,
God's sure hand is at the helm.
Bringing joy when all seems darkness-
God will keep you safe, secure.
You go forward, loved and peaceful:
Victory is always sure.


March 13, 2020, from Sara Ann Lincoln

This note includes references to “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” by Mary Baker Eddy. Trials are proofs of God’s care. Trials are not times of being accused and found guilty of any kind of error. I am focusing my thoughts on proofs of God’s care, all the time, everywhere. I am holding thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true. And I am bringing these into my experience proportionally to their occupancy of my thought. God knows the angels that you need and sends them to your side, to comfort, guard, and guide.


March 13, 2020, from Peter Ross

I love what our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy tells us in her article, "Contagion" in Miscellaneous Writings. I especially like the logic involved is the sentence, "If he believed as sincerely that health is catching when exposed to contact with healthy people, he would catch their state of feeling quite as surely and with better effect than he does the sick man's." There is no reason to believe anything else, and to the degree that we understand God's perfection, and thus our own, we will see it evidenced in our daily lives!

CONTAGION

Whatever man sees, feels, or in any way takes cognizance of, must be caught through mind; inasmuch as perception, sensation, and consciousness belong to mind and not to matter. Floating with the popular current of mortal thought without questioning the reliability of its conclusions, we do what others do, believe what others believe, and say what others say. Common consent is contagious, and it makes disease catching.

People believe in infectious and contagious diseases, and that any one is liable to have them under certain predisposing or exciting causes. This mental state prepares one to have any disease whenever there appear the circumstances which he believes produce it. If he believed as sincerely that health is catching when exposed to contact with healthy people, he would catch their state of feeling quite as surely and with better effect than he does the sick man's.

If only the people would believe that good is more contagious than evil, since God is omnipresence, how much more certain would be the doctor's success, and the clergyman's conversion of sinners. And if only the pulpit would encourage faith in God in this direction, and faith in Mind over all other influences governing the receptivity of the body, theology would teach man as David taught: “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”

The confidence of mankind in contagious disease would thus become beautifully less; and in the same proportion would faith in the power of God to heal and to save mankind increase, until the whole human race would become healthier, holier, happier, and longer lived. A calm, Christian state of mind is a better preventive of contagion than a drug, or than any other possible sanative method; and the “perfect Love” that “casteth out fear” is a sure defense.

(Mis. 228:20–28 (np))


March 13, 2020, from Cate

Contagious Prayer

What if each one reading this were to pray for 3 people, and those 3 pray for 3 more people, and so on? The whole world would be affected by that prayer. What a way to think about contagion. Contagious prayer! It could bring healing, and calm, and assurance, and peace.


March 13, 2020, from Jen

I’ve been cherishing two quotes today. The 91st psalm and lyrics from a song by Jewel (whatever inspires, right? ;)).  We’re protected. And we also are needed. The world needs our innocence and sense of calm and devotion to wellbeing. Shine on!

He will cover you with his feathers.
     He will shelter you with his wings.
     His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

And from Jewel.
If I could tell the world just one thing
It would be that we're all ok
And not to worry because worry is wasteful
And useless in times like these
I will not be made useless
I won't be idled with despair
I will gather myself around my faith
For light does the darkness most fear


March 13, 2020, from Holly Johnson

L. Ivimy Gwalter's July 1953 Journal article "True Health" explains so clearly how universal, unmovable and foundational health is. She writes "Man is the manifestation of health, as inseparable from health as he is from God." and "[Health] is universal...it has never been lost; therefore it does not have to be regained.  Health is never uncertain." "The sure foundation of health is the impregnable oneness of God and man, of Mind and its idea."


March 12, 2020, from Jack Mathis

I have made a commitment to read and ponder daily Mrs. Eddy's brief article on "Contagion" and will keep Principia in my thoughts. As she says good is more contagious than evil, and I will go so far as to say that good is the only possible contagion that is real. We all know that laughter is infectious and joy is irresistible. I know you will miss your beloved campus as I still do after more than 50 years. Keep her in your heart and thoughts, and you will soon be where your heart is. Please join me in my commitment to read and ponder Mrs. Eddy's words daily, and let's turn this pandemic of fear into a fading blip on the radar of a non-existent, suppositional, mortal mis-named mind.


March 12, 2020, from Candace Olsen

Hymn 195 is packed with strong statements that seem perfect for this situation. "Not what I am, O Lord, but what Thou art -- that alone shall be my soul's true rest. Thy love, not mine, bids fear and doubt depart, and stills the tumult of my troubled breast." And  "Girt with the love of God on every side, I breathe that love as heaven's own healing air" -- since respiratory concerns seem central to the fear.


March 12, 2020

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." (II Tim. 1:7)

"For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways." (Ps. 91:11)


March 12, 2020, from Alexandre Fischer, C.S.

We always have a choice. Let's choose Love over fear. "Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts." (S&H 261:4)


March 12, 2020

CONTAGION ...(Mis. 228:20; 229:24):

" A calm, Christian state of mind is a better preventive of contagion than a drug, or than any other possible sanative method; and the “perfect Love” that “casteth out fear” is a sure defense." (Definition of Sanative: conducive to physical or spiritual health; well-being)

Good is more contagious than evil.
Shut the door completely on fearful thoughts in order to open it wide to God.
Say no to fear and yes to God’s message of peace.
We contribute to the collective atmosphere of thought.
We can help lift the heavy mental cloud of fear.
We are safe and all those who our thought rests upon are safe!


March 12, 2020, from Alumni Association Board Member Avery Sander

I've loved working with Hymn 469 in holding up the Truth during a time when it appears that fear is winning out the day. It is not. Truth is always the victor.

Hymn 469, from the Christian Science Hymnal Supplement

Eternal God, the Cause of all creation,
Your goodness shines through all eternity.
From age to age Your name has been exalted,
Your glory fills the earth, the sky, and sea.
Almighty One, creative Mind, our Maker,
Which was, and is, and evermore shall be.

Dear God of love, eternal Father-Mother,
Supply our need, our every need each day;
Teach us to love the way You love Your children,
Purge us from sin and self, with trust we pray:
“Thy kingdom come,” in all earth as in heaven,
You are our light, our guide, our hope, our stay.

Your Word of truth is ever our companion;
We are assured Your healing love is here.
Help us to prove, as Jesus proved before us,
Truth casts out sin, disease, and death, and fear.
And may Your Word abide with us forever,
O Lord of life, of truth, and love, most dear.

Sending love to this dear Principia community!


March 12, 2020, from Betsy Ostrom Gray

Psalms 91

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty....Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that walketh at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee....There shall no evil befall thee, neither any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

Our Father, Mother God, divine Love, is our refuge and fortress, our shield and buckler, and He will deliver us from the snare of the fowler and from the noisesome pestilence.


March 12, 2020, from Warren Clinton

Wonderful article from April 2014 issue of CSJ: "Healing --because there is no fear in the allness of Love" by Dee Lewis, CSB. "There is no fear in Love. Since Love is All, then there is no Fear. So we know that fear is an imposter, a fraud, not the authority it appears to be." "Mary Baker Eddy dared to take God at his word: 'I am God , and there is none else.' There is no fear." There are other clear, right on point thoughts about handling fear in this article.


March 12, 2020, from Allan Marquardt

This atmosphere of conflicting mortal opinions and beliefs cannot be destructive to health when opposed promptly and persistently by Christian Science (S&H 273:29). In atmosphere of Love divine we live, and move, and breathe (Hymn 144).


March 12, 2020, from Molly Larsen

“Through divine Science, Spirit, God, unites understanding to eternal harmony. The calm and exalted thought or spiritual apprehension is at peace.”


March 12, 2020, from Linda Hannan

From Michelle Nanouche, her talk 'Finding Your Immunity From Disease,' with Q&A


March 12, 2020

"Beloved Christian Scientists, keep your minds so filled with Truth and Love, that sin, disease, and death cannot enter them. It is plain that nothing can be added to the mind already full. There is no door through with evil can enter, and no space for evil to fill in a mind filled with goodness. Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited." (Miscellany, 210)


March 12, 2020, from Principia Alumni Association Board

The Principia Alumni Association Board is actively prayerfully supporting Principia, and each month we choose a topic to focus our prayerful work for the month. For March we have selected the topic of “Living out from perfection” which comes at a perfect time when what is being projected is a sense of imperfection or chaos. This citation from No and Yes is the foundation for the topic, “All real being represents God, and is in Him. In this Science of being, man can no more relapse or collapse from perfection, than his divine Principle, or Father, can fall out of Himself into something below infinitude. Man's real ego, or selfhood, is goodness.” (No and Yes, 26:13–17)


March 12, 2020, from Hilary Barner

Wonderful article by Paul Stark Seeley in response to a predicted malaria epidemic due to infected soldiers returning home from war zones after WWII. Journal, August 1944, “An opportunity to forestall evil.” Opens with “Alertness to reverse and dissipate every false prophecy of mortal mind that suggests future epidemics, pestilence, or affliction is one effective way for Christian Scientists to help protect the health of mankind.” And closes with “The Psalmist’s conclusion as to the whyfor of man’s immunity from evil is still true: ‘Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.’”


March 12, 2020, from Bonnie Jean Schlaepfer

"At a time of contagious disease, Christian Scientists endeavor to rise in consciousness to the true sense of the omnipotence of Life, Truth, and Love, and this great fact in Christian Science realized will stop a contagion.” (MY 116:2) We can be grateful for the opportunity to fill thought with the omnipotence of Life, Truth, and Love which will stop contagion. And we can be grateful that the omnipotent Mind is guiding Principia and the whole world into wise, compassionate and principled decisions. The world needs Christian Scientists now, as ever, to calmly trust in God's care and great love for Her entire creation.

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