Me, a Reading Room Librarian? I didn’t think I was the one for the job. When my local Church of Christ, Scientist, moved our Reading Room downtown, we had a librarian who just loved the Reading Room and often spoke of her conversations with visitors.
One day I bumped into a friend who is also a Christian Scientist. When she asked what I had been up to recently, I told her that I was the First Reader of my local branch Church of Christ, Scientist.
When I think about the fundamental lessons taught in Christian Science Sunday Schools, particularly the Ten Commandments, Christ Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, and the Lord’s Prayer with its spiritual interpretation as given in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, I realize that the Christian Science Sunday School is one of the dearest spots on earth. This Sunday School is for pupils up to the age of twenty, and I attended until I was twenty years old.
Right thinking in Christian Science includes Christianly scientific reasoning. It’s spiritual reasoning from the basis of one perfect God and His one perfect creation, man.
One day at my home-office desk, I suddenly felt weak and woozy. I didn’t ask God to help solve the physical problem, nor did I try to figure out the cause of it.
I’ve always been fascinated by astronomy. It teaches us that we live in an expanding universe composed of a vast number of galaxies, each of which is composed of a vast number of stars.
One morning I woke up with a new sense of the importance of the twenty-third Psalm ringing in my ears—especially the line where the Psalmist states that the Lord prepares a table before him in the presence of his enemies. I thought a lot about the entire Psalm that day.
Throughout the arc of human history there have been competing schools of thought about how to accomplish the greatest good for society. Sometimes we hear of this as the struggle between “justice” and “mercy,” where an emphasis on rules and standards is perceived as clashing with a preference for compassion and forgiveness.
The book of Acts in the Bible, recording “The Acts of the Apostles,” can be seen as one long testimonial to the fact that healing works were not limited to the master Christian, Christ Jesus. The narrative in this book shows that the healing practice continued strongly in the lives of Jesus’ followers.
The traditional view of prayer is that man is reaching out to a God who is separate and distant. Yet the Bible tells us, “The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth” ( Psalms 145:18 ).