I’ve come to appreciate the inspired wisdom that led Mary Baker Eddy to found Christian Science Reading Rooms. These Reading Rooms serve their neighborhoods by making the truths of the Science of Christianity available through the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, the Bible, and other resources provided by The Christian Science Publishing Society.
Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart.
Editor’s note: Heloísa, the author of this article, has been asked by the Christian Science Board of Lectureship to be available this lecture year (July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019) specifically to give lectures in Spanish and Portuguese, sponsored in the United States and abroad. Picture yourself in a small village in Brazil sometime in the 1600s or 1700s.
Some think of praying in terms of reciting specific prayers. But others also see it as a constant effort to experience God no matter what we’re doing.
Sometimes it may feel as if the problems we face are not only real and powerful, but things we can’t truly avoid. It may seem as if challenges related to aging, finances, or health are normal and natural elements of existence that cannot be resisted or destroyed.
“ There is no WAY I can stay in this place. ” That was all I could think as I stared at the pile of boxes waiting to be unpacked.
Attending publishing conferences over the years as the Publisher’s Agent for Mary Baker Eddy’s writings has led to some interesting conversations. As I’m surrounded by publishers, literary agents, and authors—all scrambling for networking contacts and increased marketing and sales opportunities—conversations others initiate with me often end up being brief.
Centuries ago, a band of spies was sent to assess the resources and defenses of a foreign territory. The future of an entire people was at stake, and their leader—the Hebrew patriarch Moses—charged his agents to bring back a detailed report.
To those coping with chronic pain, anxiety, or depression, opioid pills hold out the promise of a longed-for oasis in what can seem like an endless desert. But the relief these drugs offer is a short-lived mirage, and for many people it comes at the high price of dependency.
“ Our thoughts and prayers are with them” is an expression that’s come under a lot of fire recently. It’s accused not only of being a meaningless phrase, but of hiding a mentality that isn’t really willing to do something useful.