Tuesday, June 24, 2014

discipleship and signs following

As I study this week's Bible Lesson on Christian Science I am struck by the many references to discipleship. Have you ever wished you could have been one of Jesus' students or heard him teach or seen him heal? Have you ever wished you could have met Mrs. Eddy, heard her preach, been in one of her classes? I certainly have. But what I am discovering in my on-going study of Christian Science and the Bible is that as I strive to understand the Gospels and continue reading Science and Health consecutively...that does make me one of Jesus' disciples, one of Mrs. Eddy's students.

The Lesson brings out how the disciples were able to demonstrate and apply Jesus' teachings, follow his example, and heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. Mrs. Eddy was a devoted follower of Jesus and as the Science of Christianity dawned on her thought she too began to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. She even raised Calving Frye from death, as Peter had been able to do with Dorcas. Signs following.

Both Jesus and Mrs. Eddy had such love for all mankind. They just loved unconditionally. I was just reading a passage in the new amplified We Knew Mary Baker Eddy book about how she reached out to one of her wayward students, one who was actively opposing her, and invited her to come to Pleasant View. She spent the next two days praying for their meeting. The woman did not come and therefore did not get the healing she needed but Mrs. Eddy was so willing to just love her despite the animosity.

Peter had been paying attention when Jesus raised Jairus' daughter from death. He was willing to go to those disciples who were grieving over the loss of this dear woman who had been so loving. All they wanted to do was show him all the lovely things she had made but he did not want to get caught up in their display. He put them all out, as Jesus had put out the wailing mourners. Then he kneeled down, facing away from the body. When his own thought was clear, he turned back to her and spoke to her, obviously expecting her to hear and respond. And she did. Signs following.

How many 'signs following' will we be demonstrating today? A good student will pay attention to his teacher and then put it into practice. Christian Science practice. That's what we should all be doing. With signs following.

These signs shall follow them that believe. Are we expecting that to be true today? It is what Jesus expected of his disciples and what Mrs. Eddy expected from her students. Healing. Seeing man as spiritual and perfect. With signs following.

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Dash poem

Please forgive the long silence. There has been much going on over the past few months on several fronts. We are just back from a drive down to Texas to attend the Memorial service of a dear family member. This was the first time our youngest 'grands' have been close to the passing of a grand parent and part of a gathering of this nature. It was beautifully and thoughtfully arranged to accommodate several different religions, it was well attended by a variety of people, the stories shared were inspiring. He touched so many lives and is remembered with respect and love.

One speaker shared a poem I was not familiar with. I would like to get back to blogging on a regular basis and sharing this with you has prompted me to do so. You will enjoy reading it again, if you already know it, and may be inspired by it, if it is new to you, as it was to me.

The Dash
by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak at the service of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning . . . to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represented all the time that she spent alive on earth
and now only those who loved her know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own, the cars. . .the house. . .the cash.
What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard, are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough to consider what 's true and real
and always try to understand the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile,
remembering that this special dash might only last a while.

So when your eulogy is being read with your life's actions to rehash,
would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash?

Live your dash today. But as you continue your study and application of Christian Science know that your life is with God, who created you in His image and likeness. You are the reflection of His being, the expressing of Love. Your life is eternal, without beginning or end. But as you are working out your ability to see and demonstrate this, let your 'dash' be filled with blessing and being blessed by God.