Qualities That Bless

Qualities That Bless

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A guest post by Sheila Kelly

A friend with a gentle sense of humor recently sent me an email that said: Two of the greatest qualities in life are patience and wisdom.

Below was a picture of a big brown and white dog on the deck of a large log chalet – looking mighty patient and wise – observing a skunk, with tail briskly curled up, casually munching on the kibble in the dog bowl.

Maybe it was photoshopped (who knows these days?) but it made a good point.

The expression on the dog’s face showed clearly that even in the animal kingdom God’s creatures can choose to reject suggestions of impatience, and pay very good attention to wisdom and being a good neighbor.

This email of expressing wisdom and patience reminded me of a friend who was a Christian Science Chaplain and taught a Sunday School class at a girls’ correctional facility. One thing the chaplain invited the girls to do in the class was to make a list – in ink – of all their good qualities. Then she asked them to write in pencil the traits that got them in the facility and to write – in ink – the opposite of that trait.

For example: impatience might be in pencil and patience in ink.

The girls understood, maybe for the first time, that they actually had a choice of which thoughts to have – and to choose to express the good quality and reject the suggestion of the bad trait. Apparently, so many girls began to make good choices it made a noticeable difference – not only in improved harmony in the facility, but also in the healing of relationships with family members.

Then they got to erase the false trait written in pencil, which was no part of their true identity of being created in the image and likeness of God. (Genesis 1:26,27).

Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered the Science of Christ Jesus’ teachings and healings, wrote, “Christian Science commands man to master the propensities, – to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness, to conquer lust with chastity, revenge with charity, and to overcome deceit with honesty. Choke these errors in their early stages, if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against health, happiness, and success.”

The wisdom my friend showed in teaching these girls their true nature through a method they would understand, and the patience to continue teaching until their behavior reflected their God-given nature, makes me even more grateful for these two great qualities in life. Learning of our divine nature and expressing God’s qualities blesses us as well as family, friends, and neighbors.

Church Alive

Church Alive

Newport-Mesa Church Alive – June 4, 2011

by Don Ingwerson

The Newport Beach and Costa Mesa Christian Science Communities held a Church Alive meeting Saturday in the Newport 2nd Church Sunday School room. There were about 100 people present. Each of the three churches had a planning committee working with Madalon Maupin as the facilitator. I’m not a member of these three wonderful churches, but I was asked to be the keynote speaker for the event. I was so impressed with the music and the organization of the event. I have not experienced such a well-run problem-solving event, even in high-powered business groups.

My assignment was to speak to two questions: What is Church and what does it look like in 2011 in Newport-Mesa? and For whom does Church primarily exist and how can we bless the Newport-Mesa community?Continue Reading

Big or Small: Seeing the Perfect Man

Big or Small: Seeing the Perfect Man

Photo illustrated by Mister Beau

A guest post written by Noie LaRue

Two important jobs: Assistant Committee and Sunday School Teacher. One purpose – correcting misconceptions. As a teacher in my Sunday School and as an Assistant Committee on Publication, I think of our Sunday School as the children’s church home – a safe place to ask questions about ANYTHING.  And I have found that “…in a Christian manner to correct impositions on the public in regard to Christian Science” defines the duty of each Assistant Committee on Publication.  So, here’s how I see the perfect blend of these two church jobs!

Our children certainly are out in the public – in classrooms, on the soccer fields, at the beach, at the movies, and in music and dance lessons.  Is it possible that they hear impositions in regard to Christian Science?   Yes!  Perhaps not always by the exact name, Christian Science, but certainly by where our trust and help and reliance are based.  Helping my children recognize and correct these misconceptions in their life then becomes part of my job.Continue Reading