Christ Jesus stated in his Sermon on the Mount, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” ( Matthew 5:16 ). And each week, in Christian Science Sunday Schools around the world, teachers are doing just that—helping their students understand their relation to God, and how this can be lived in their lives every day.
In the past few months, I’ve been in regular communication with my daughter who is living abroad in Germany for the year. She is a recent college graduate, and while navigating the waters of life beyond school, she has had many new experiences to think and pray about.
Recently I had the opportunity to talk with a group of Christian Scientists who were about to graduate from college. During our conversation one of the questions asked was, “What helped you stay committed to Christian Science?” I found myself sharing that the one thing that had been a great support in keeping me connected to Science was my commitment to attending Wednesday evening testimony meetings.
I yearned for answers. I had been earnestly praying for weeks and months—much of the time with the loving, tender, and inspired help of a Christian Science practitioner.
In Christian Science we learn that there is only one Mind, God, and that we are the expression of that Mind—not governed by a mortal mentality. I knew the first part (only one Mind), but when I started a new work engagement helping a customer team I hadn’t worked with before, I was reminded of the second part—of what the truth of God’s nature means for us.
When I was a young girl, I was diagnosed with rheumatic fever. Although I survived the illness, there were debilitating aftereffects that included long periods of pain and immobility in which I couldn’t walk.
I recently completed a three-year term as First Reader at my branch Church of Christ, Scientist. The First Reader conducts the main part of the Sunday service each week as well as the Wednesday evening testimony meetings.
With the various challenges and boasts of materialism that are presented to us daily via the media, in literature, perhaps from people in our lives, many Christian Scientists may have been asked to sincerely consider the question, “Why exactly are you a Christian Scientist?” or “How can you be a Christian Scientist?”—i. e.
What follows is an edited summary of the Hymn Sing held on Sunday, June 5, 2016, in the Extension of The Mother Church and broadcast live online. The Hymn Sing was one of the events held during the weekend prior to Annual Meeting.
From deep in my heart comes gratitude for Christian Science Reading Rooms and for the unselfish individuals who staff them so that the healing comfort of Christian Science is readily available in communities all over the world. When my husband and I were in Nuremberg, Germany, a few years ago, I awoke one morning feeling very ill.