Happy New Year!

What a wonderful winter-white day in Glen Ellyn. How do you plan to carve out your new year? Mary Baker Eddy had this great plan for the sculptor in each of us. It's from page 248 of the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:

Carving Ice Sculptures for 2014

Carving Ice Sculptures for 2014

    The sculptor turns from the marble to his model in order to perfect his conception. We are all sculptors, working at various forms, moulding and chiseling thought. What is the model before mortal mind? Is it imperfection, joy, sorrow, sin, suffering? Have you accepted the mortal model? Are you reproducing it? Then you are haunted in your work by vicious sculptors and hideous forms. Do you not hear from all mankind of the imperfect model? The world is holding it before your gaze continually. The result is that you are liable to follow those lower patterns, limit your life-work, and adopt into your experience the angular outline and deformity of matter models.
    To remedy this, we must first turn our gaze in the right direction, and then walk that way. We must form perfect models in thought and look at them continually, or we shall never carve them out in grand and noble lives. Let unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice, health, holiness, love — the kingdom of heaven — reign within us, and sin, disease, and death will diminish until they finally disappear.

 

The Meaning of Christmas

In an article on the significance of Christmas published in the New York World, Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, said:

In Christian Science, Christmas stands for the real, the absolute and eternal, – for the things of Spirit, not of matter.

In our church services we commemorate the coming of the Christ with Bible lessons that add spiritual dimension and understanding to the birth of Jesus. Anyone looking for a deeper meaning or the spiritual significance of Christmas will find much food for thought on these Sundays: December 22 and 29.

Our Glen Ellyn Christian Science church service begins at 10 am and is open to everyone. Acquainting your thought with the true meaning of Christmas will prepare you to receive the angel messages you need – like the shepherds of old – and bring the timeless healing Christ into your life.

You are also invited to our Wednesday evening testimony meetings which begin each week at 7:30 pm.

Spiritual Creation

The divine Science of spiritual creation is so beautifully shown in the appearance of Christ Jesus on the human scene. This week's Bible Lesson Sermon tells the Christmas story, beginning with Zacharias and Elisabeth, supposedly barren, and how the Angel, God's messenger, imparted to them a higher understanding of spiritual creation. Mary also communed with God in this exquisite way, humbly recognizing Him as the Creator of all and receiving the message that her child Jesus was to be the Saviour. Christian Science explains how we are also under this divine wisdom and authority – the only real power or force of the universe.

The subject of our Bible lesson this week is:  Is the Universe, including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?  In it, you can read the Christmas story; learn more about what the term "evolution" implies; get a good idea of what type of intelligence or wisdom governs you; and begin to understand what was behind the wonderful actions and healings of Jesus, working under God's power.

Come to our church service this Sunday, Dec. 22, and take your Christmas celebration to a whole new level of understanding!

Lean on God

When my husband and I were planning a move to Illinois from a southern state, the daunting task of finding a buyer for our house and moving quickly for my husband's job made me a little nervous, to say the least. I called a Christian Science Practitioner, an individual who is in the full time practice of healing through Christian Science, to help me find peace about this. One of the things she said was that God connects all right ideas and I could lean on this truth. Even if someone was as far away as Australia, but was the right person to have our house, we could trust that we would be connected through God's universal law of harmony.

And so it proved to be. I had great peace and expectation through learning to place my confidence in God as all good, sustaining and guiding our lives. Even though the house had been on the market for three years when we bought it, just six months later the first person who saw our listing bought the house rapidly. There was no financial loss from having to sell so quickly.

When we moved north, every possible need was taken care of. Even our extra vehicle was driven right to our area by a friend coming to Illinois for school. He was blessed, too, in finding a way to transport himself and his belongings.

In her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, opens with this line: "To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings." This week's Bible Lesson, titled "God the Preserver of Man", incorporates this passage and shows us how "angels", or loving messages from God, point us in the right direction. It shows how our sustenance is really based on God, Spirit, not circumstances, money, things or people.

What joy! You can prove this in your experience, too. Knowing God as infinite Love, allowed me to turn away from worry and put my trust in His care. That was a huge comfort and governed every detail of our relocation.

At First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Glen Ellyn, our Sunday service begins at 10 am and everyone is invited. Tomorrow, after the service, we will be gathering for a Christmas hymn sing with refreshments following. Please join us!

God's Creation

Honey Bee on White Daisy

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, called flowers "hieroglyphs of Deity". I just love flowers and think of them as symbols of what God is like. In varied complexity, simplicity and beauty, they astound me.

I've learned in Christian Science that God is not in matter. Nature can be a useful symbol of God and His creation, or divine reality, only if it is all good and not destructive or self-contradictory. 

In this week's Bible Lesson, called God the Only Cause and Creator, we learn about this all-encompassing goodness in the Biblical metaphors of the fountain that can't produce both sweet and bitter waters at the same time; and in the fig tree that doesn't grow olive berries. Like produces like. This gives me a pretty good snapshot of God's creation - 100% good all the time. I invite you to come to our service and hear the lesson this Sunday, December 8th. It will show you how to make these ideas practical in your everyday life.

Thanksgiving Time

Thanksgiving provides a much needed occasion to take stock of things in a really good way. This is a time to count up your blessings, think about the past year and be grateful for all the good things that may have gone unnoticed. Even if it seems like the list is short, there are many ways to recognize the good around you. Thanksgiving sharpens our vision. It signifies turning away from a focus on whatever bothers you, to zeroing in on the good that has always surrounded you, even if you've never looked there before.

This Thursday, Thanksgiving day, we will have a special church service on the subject of giving thanks. We hope you can come and join us!