Have you ever reflected on the spiritual meaning of communion? My colleague Eric Nelson has written a beautiful letter to his goddaughter on the occasion of her First Communion. In it Eric describes communion as daily being fed, inspired and cared for by God. His blog was first published in Communities Digital News.Continue Reading
by Don Ingwerson
Christian Science has taught me that being receptive to God’s message is a powerful way to heal any discord – whether physical, in relationships, emotional, spiritual, etc. In Romans we find, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”Continue Reading
by Don Ingwerson
Many times throughout my life I’ve had conversations that delve into whether God is real or not. And this Daily Lift from Ruth Geyer, CSB, very clearly answers this question with the assurance that – yes – God is real.Continue Reading
What more can we do? This is a question my colleague William Scott, who serves as the Christian Science Committee on Publication for Washington State, asks. Scott shares two examples from church friends who each responded to a refuge crisis and made practical, constructive responses. Here is Scott’s commentary:
The current refugee crisis has stirred concern and controversy all over the world. “A quarter billion people,” The Christian Science Monitor noted last year, “have either fled disasters or migrated to escape poverty.” How should our nation respond? What can we do as individuals to help – as churches, temples, cities and towns, businesses, civic organizations? Can anything be done, practically and realistically, to meet this enormous need?
These questions have prompted many people of faith – and many people of conscience who don’t embrace a religious faith – to ponder their responsibilities to fellow human beings in need.
As a Christian Scientist, I’ve wrestled with these concerns as both the humanitarian crisis and the political controversies have deepened. My church doesn’t tell its members what to think or do on these matters. We make our own decisions as individuals, based on our highest sense of what’s right, and what prayer and spiritual leading inspire us to do.
Read more from William Scott’s guest column.
by Don Ingwerson
I’ve become very aware of the hurried feel of today’s lifestyle and how many tout the benefits of mindfulness to combat this frantic pace. But while this practice of slowing down and being aware of your surroundings may bring some calm, I’ve found that taking mindfulness to a spiritual level is a much more powerful way of bringing calm and peace to life. This spiritual level is a clarity of thought and brings instead an awareness of the unbroken relation each of us has with the Divine. This awareness can be felt as a pinpoint of light, a profound peace, an enfolding love, a comforting message that is from God.Continue Reading
When it comes to identifying who we are, what is our initial start? My colleague Wendy Margolese, Committee on Publication for Ontario, Canada is a community blogger and shares some thoughtful ideas on this very topic and discusses our divine birthright.
Does our genetic code determine who we are? Studies initially suggested we are our genes – we’ve inherited them. We can shrug off certain personal traits, such as a tendency towards obesity, because it’s part of our inherited nature. But with the advent of the science of epigenetics, new studies now suggest there are ways to alter the way genes behave and thus change that predetermined path.
According to the latest theories of this science, we can modify our genetic health patterns through lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise. This may sound promising and appealing, particularly to many of us living in conditions that allow us to eat well and stay active. However, much of the world’s population does not necessarily follow a recommended diet, nor in many cases, have access to what is considered healthy lifestyle opportunities. This appears to create a disparity in having any hope of affecting the epigenetic calculation.
Read more from Wendy Margolese’s blog.
A guest post by Graham Bothwell from La Cañada Flintridge, California
I’ve come to understand that we all have every reason to believe that a higher power is behind life itself, including the universe. Many of us have had an occasional unplanned experience that was unpleasant; however, there is always the option of turning to a higher power in finding a resolution to the issue. I’ve found protection even in a situation where I felt trapped, which could be a human circumstance of feeling compromised, or perhaps experiencing a physical difficulty. So many people have found that if they understand even a little about the underlying spiritual nature of their being, subject only to good, limitations are naturally reduced until they fade away. Mary Baker Eddy, author of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, wrote of the power of understanding true, spiritual identity in this way: “Starting from a higher standpoint, one rises spontaneously, even as light emits light without effort; for ‘where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.’”Continue Reading
It seems to me that attitudes are changing as there’s a realization of the need for health goals to be achieved through interrelationships and world connectedness. People are finding that personal health goals like losing weight, eating better, exercising, and quitting smoking, while very important to the individual, also need to be considered in the context of world health issues. Continue Reading
Many years ago my wife and I began taking the time to study and pray at a local restaurant, where we would not be interrupted by our phones ringing, and we’ve continued this practice. For us this time is absolute heaven. Some curious patrons have asked what we are doing. While some say they approve of prayer and wish us well, I don’t think most of these people have any idea that we’re not just petitioning a God who may or may not answer our prayers of gratitude and appreciation, but instead are praying to a God who created us in His image and likeness.