Join us this morning in person at the Reading Room or online for church. 7/4/21

July 4th, 2021

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Also join is for a Radical acts party at the Reading Room on July 15. (stay tuned for more details)

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This woman never gave up! A Daily Lift by Marsha Pecaut CS. Click below to hear this inspiring lift. Also, you can join us for church this morning at the Reading Room in person or on Zoom at 10:00 am PT

June 6th, 2021

Never give up , by Marsha Pecaut CS

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A remarkable view By Marguerite Becker. Join us for church this Sunday online or in person. (Details Below)

May 1st, 2021

A remarkable view

From the May 2021 issue of The Christian Science Journal


In the days before you could snap a photo with your cellphone and send it off immediately or post it for all the world to see, I left my home on Long Island, New York, and headed off to college in Oregon.

One of the first things I did was take a day trip to the beautiful Oregon coast with its magnificent cliffs, so different from the beaches that I was used to. On that day I bought a postcard. Back in my dorm room, I sat down to dash off a note to my parents, when I noticed the description on the back of the postcard: “Looking south on the Oregon coast.” I looked at the photo again. South?!

With my East Coast sensibilities, that picture looked north. I had grown up with the folk rule, “If the ocean is on your right, you’re looking north.” You’re probably wondering what all of this has to do with spiritual things. To be honest, sitting at that desk, I didn’t think I was on a spiritual quest. I just wanted that postcard to look correct. Only it didn’t. I stared at it for nearly an hour, wrestling with my view to force that West Coast photo to be looking south instead of looking like an East Coast north view. Try as I could, nothing changed.

If you’re thinking, “Well, of course that postcard wasn’t going to change,” you’re absolutely correct. I knew it was my view that was askew, and I really wanted to correct it. Then a proverbial lightbulb came on; I imagined a map of the United States, mentally turned it upside down, superimposed the photo onto it, and voilà! The photo looked south. Finally, California over the horizon.

There was never anything wrong with that postcard, or the Oregon coast. I had just been applying an imperfect rule to the view, a rule that only worked sometimes. I needed to apply a fixed law.

We must not be afraid to wrestle with error, to insist on the truth.

Mary Baker Eddy understood this dilemma when she wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “In viewing the sunrise, one finds that it contradicts the evidence before the senses to believe that the earth is in motion and the sun at rest. As astronomy reverses the human perception of the movement of the solar system, so Christian Science reverses the seeming relation of Soul and body and makes body tributary to Mind. Thus it is with man, who is but the humble servant of the restful Mind, though it seems otherwise to finite sense” (pp. 119–120).

Each day we are confronted with troubling views of man. Instinctively we protest these views because, face it, we don’t like them. We inwardly object to the plight of the poor, the sick, the sinning, the oppressed. But when something doesn’t look or feel right to us, how often do we confront what we naturally suspect is a false view, then wrestle with it until we see the truth, God’s view, instead of what the material senses are claiming?

The Bible tells us of Jacob, who “was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day” (Genesis 32:24). Of that same story, Science and Health states, “Jacob was alone, wrestling with error,—struggling with a mortal sense of life, substance, and intelligence as existent in matter with its false pleasures and pains,—when an angel, a message from Truth and Love, appeared to him and smote the sinew, or strength, of his error, till he saw its unreality; and Truth, being thereby understood, gave him spiritual strength in this Peniel of divine Science” (p. 308).

Jacob would not let go of this angel until he was blessed, until he had gained a higher, spiritual view of himself, one based in divine law, not folklore. Jacob won that round so decisively that his entire nature was changed. Shouldn’t we demand the same reward for ourselves?

Jacob’s entire nature was changed. Shouldn’t we demand the same reward for ourselves?

A few years after college, I was faced with a view of myself that wasn’t at all one that I liked. For weeks I had pain in my left shoulder that made it almost impossible for me to do anything with my left arm. I had been praying for healing as taught in Christian Science. I’d had prayerful treatment from a Christian Science practitioner. But I had not yet found the freedom I so wanted.

Someone might ask, Why didn’t you just take some pain medication? There was no one or thing stopping me; no one I knew would have condemned me for it, not my family or my church, but I wanted a higher solution, a spiritual view of myself that did not include whatever this problem was. I wanted a view of man—my true identity—that, as Christian Science has taught me, doesn’t just temporarily subdue a problem but thoroughly heals it. But no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t seem to see and feel that Christian Science did, in fact, heal. All I kept coming back to was that I hurt.                                          >

Very late one night, again unable to sleep because of this issue, I got up. I wrapped myself in a blanket and sat down in a comfortable chair. More than anything, I felt disturbed by the false view that Christian Science is ineffective. I had been raised in a Christian Science home; I had witnessed remarkable healings (see “Quickly healed after near-fatal fall” by Robert C. Hummel III with contributions from Marguerite Becker, Christian Science Sentinel, July 27, 2020; and a testimony by Robert C. Hummel, Sentinel, July 31, 1965). But at that moment, just like with the postcard, I could only seem to experience a distortion of the truth.

For several hours I sat there. I took the synopsis from my most recent Christian Science students’ association meeting and carefully read and pondered the multitude of spiritual insights that my teacher had recently shared with his students. Insights that reminded me I was, and always had been, in the care and presence of God, Love. I read from the Bible and Science and Health. And something in my thinking changed. The spiritual laws from the Bible and Science and Health that I had been pondering overcame a limited view, and suddenly I knew, without a doubt, that Christian Science is the truth of God and man, and does heal. And that was all that mattered to me. The pain? It was still screaming, but I was at peace. I went back to bed and fell right to sleep.

A few hours later I woke up completely well. I went to my job. And never again has my shoulder bothered me.

The definition of Elias (the New Testament form of Elijah) in the Glossary of Science and Health is: “Prophecy; spiritual evidence opposed to material sense; Christian Science, with which can be discerned the spiritual fact of whatever the material senses behold; the basis of immortality” (p. 585). Just as that postcard view of the Oregon coast had never been facing north, my spiritual identity had never included a pain-wracked shoulder. That night, I glimpsed a spiritual fact, and that spiritual fact healed.

I learned that we must not be afraid to wrestle with error, to insist on the truth of our God-created self that, as Genesis 1 states, is the image of God. It may take no more than a moment, or it may take longer, but we will win because a lie is, and always will be, a lie, and Truth will always be true.

There was another lesson from that postcard. No matter how hard I tried later, never again could I see that photo as looking north. As we agree to challenge each appearance of wrong, we will see that what has looked powerful and unsettling really is a lie and that the spiritual, perfect, good, is there instead. Not a single fact will change, only our view of it. Mrs. Eddy writes in her Retrospection and Introspection, “Divine Science demands mighty wrestlings with mortal beliefs, as we sail into the eternal haven over the unfathomable sea of possibilities” (pp. 56–57). What an incredible voyage we are on.

 


 

From sense to Soul my pathway lies before me,
From mist and shadow into Truth’s clear day;
The dawn of all things real is breaking o’er me,
     My heart is singing: I have found the way.
I reach Mind’s open door, and at its portal
     I know that where I stand is holy ground;
I feel the calm and joy of things immortal,
     The loveliness of Love is all around.
The way leads upward and its goal draws nearer,
     Thought soars enraptured, fetterless and free;
The vision infinite to me grows clearer,
     I touch the fringes of eternity.

—Violet Hay
Christian Science Hymnal, Hymn No. 64, © CSBD

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Sorry for the random posts earlier today. There was a glitch in the software and our Webmaster has fixed it. We will still have our Zoom church service at 10:00 am Sunday as usual. Please join us.

April 8th, 2021

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Am I spreading the good news? By Marsha Pecaut, CS. from the Christian Science Sentinel March 29, 2021 ISSUE

April 3rd, 2021

 

We all have our stories about the past year. Some might be about frustration or fear, others about resilience or hope. And yet, I’ve come to see all of them as learning experiences.

One of these occurred when my husband and I were stuck behind closed borders after traveling to Canada in March 2020. Unable to get back to our home in the United States because of pandemic travel restrictions, we felt blessed to meet Canadian neighbors who befriended and assisted us.

Like millions around the globe, we turned to computer apps to stay connected to family, friends, and coworkers during the isolation. As we compared notes on the challenging time we all faced, I realized I was believing that I was on a mental roller coaster, trying to keep up with what was
happening locally, at home, and around the world.

When I saw that I had a choice whether to ride up and down or be still and pray, a question occurred to me: “What am I spreading—fears and worries, or the good news of our God, who is divine Life, Truth, and Love?”

This question necessitated honesty as to what I was believing. I started to examine my thinking moment by moment to see where my focus was—on the distressing human scene, or on the ever-present good news of God—divine Spirit, Mind—and His love.

The Christ is here today to awaken us from any hypnotic dream or lie about our true being and God-maintained safety.

St. Paul says, “The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). This spiritual consciousness doesn’t include sickness, terror, anger, disdain, or division, but only love for and obedience to the one God, who created us all. Demonstrating this Christly state of thought in our daily life means being a spreader of good news, not a bearer of bad news.

During daily walks with our Canadian neighbors, instead of joining discussions of disease and media reports describing discord, I learned to listen for opportunities to share the good news of our wholeness and integrity as God’s expression, made in His image and likeness, as the Bible says.

For example, one day when the talk turned to mental health and politics, I related a true story about a hypnotist going around to each table at a business banquet, attempting to hypnotize individuals to do silly things to entertain the crowd. A couple who were Christian Scientists were the only guests at the dinner who did not respond to the hypnotist’s suggestions. The wife said later that when the hypnotist reached her table, she was silently affirming that God is the only Mind, and that man does not need or want to succumb to intrusive mental suggestions. Her resistance was a protection against mental manipulation.

As we walked with our neighbors, this story led to a conversation about the importance of doing our own thinking in order to avoid being manipulated. I shared this statement by Mary Baker Eddy from her textbook on Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “The time for thinkers has come” (p. vii).

When governments began strongly recommending or even mandating that face masks be worn, I realized that compliance doesn’t stop us from spreading the good thoughts we think or the love we live. Such compliance, when motivated by love for our neighbors and our communities, can only support us in practicing the Science of Christ with the expectation of healing hearts, minds, and bodies. Mrs. Eddy states, “Genuine Christian Scientists are, or should be, the most systematic and law-abiding people on earth, because their religion demands implicit adherence to fixed rules, in the orderly demonstration thereof” (Retrospection and Introspection, p. 87).

While vaccinations are being administered around the globe in an effort to protect people from the coronavirus, we can go back to the question, “What am I spreading? Am I spreading the good news of God’s glory?” Divine Love, which includes no evil, confers the only real protection against disease—and we can understand and claim this immunity as God-given. When we know ourselves and others to be the expression of immortal Spirit, divine Love, we’re less susceptible to material beliefs, including sickness and sin. The Christ is here today to awaken us from any hypnotic dream or lie about our true being and God-maintained safety.

Nothing can stop the spread of God’s pure thoughts among all His children. And it’s our job to reflect that purity in thought and life. As Paul instructs, “Brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

Mrs. Eddy echoes that teaching in an article included in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany: “Beloved Christian Scientists, keep your minds so filled with Truth and Love, that sin, disease, and death cannot enter them. It is plain that nothing can be added to the mind already full. There is no door through which evil can enter, and no space for evil to fill in a mind filled with goodness. Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited” (p. 210).

We can’t force Truth and Love on the world—and we don’t need to. Our role is to be witnesses to the present perfection of God, divine Truth and Love, and His creation, to “speak as the oracles of God” (I Peter 4:11). We do this when we allow God’s law of harmony to govern us, for in reality, Love reigns and is All. And we can spread this divine good news wherever Love leads us to.

You are invited to join us for our Sunday church service on zoom every Sunday at 10 am PT. To join please email us at christiansciencenote@gmail.com and we can send a link to our meeting. We meet for an hour and then have an open discussion about the week’s Bible lesson and/or testimonies of healing and comments and questions about Christian Science.  If you would like to join us send us an email or call 541 753 6395

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A valentine . . . from God?

February 14th, 2021

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WHAT ARE YOUR POLITICS?” – “….to help support a righteous government; to love God supremely, and my neighbor as myself.” – Mary Baker Eddy

February 11th, 2021

WHAT ARE YOUR POLITICS?

CLARA SCHRADER STREETER

From the March 1936 issue of The Christian Science Journal


READERS of Mrs. Eddy’s writings are aware of her keen insight into national and international affairs, and of her clear interpretation of them according to the teachings of Christian Science. Her interesting and always reasonable attitude towards current events elicited many inquiries regarding her personal views as to politics. In reply to one of these requests Mrs. Eddy said (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany,p. 276): “I am asked, ‘What are your politics?’ I have none, in reality, other than to help support a righteous government; to love God supremely, and my neighbor as myself.”

Some of the problems intertwined with present-day politics were pointed out by Mrs. Eddy in an article entitled “Insufficient Freedom,” published in the New York World, December, 1900, and later included in “The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany” (p. 266), in which she mentions “the most imminent dangers confronting the coming [twentieth] century” as “the robbing of people of life and liberty under the warrant of the Scriptures; the claims of politics and of human power, industrial slavery, and insufficient freedom of honest competition; and ritual, creed, and trusts in place of the Golden Rule, ‘Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.’ “

In its genuine meaning, politics is “the science of civil government,” but in a lower import it refers to artful party intrigues in political affairs; or, to one’s political sentiments. Mrs. Eddy had a very comprehensive knowledge of the Science of true government, and her political sentiments were of the highest excellence, as may be seen in her strong appeals for justice, equality, fair play, and for the individual’s inalienable rights as a citizen of his country.

The cold selfishness of partisanship, the emoluments of office, the intrigues and costly paraphernalia of party politics, found no place in Mrs. Eddy’s answer to the question, “What are your politics?” Reared with puritanic respect for rightly constituted authority, Mrs. Eddy had profound veneration for God’s law and gave willing obedience to the laws of the land. As a citizen of a nation whose ideals of government were founded upon those righteous precepts which are embodied in the moral law and the Sermon on the Mount, Mrs. Eddy maintained that not only was it a just obligation, but a privilege and a precious trust to help support the high standard of justice and equality, such as is vested in the Constitution of the United States, which represents the nation’s authority and power. In her spiritual interpretation of the Scriptures, she has presented the concept of “righteous government” in a new light, and Christian Science demonstrates its adaptability to human needs by uncovering and correcting false impressions of government, and in healing disease, poverty, strife, and iniquity of every kind, all of which are hindrances to righteous living.

The support of “a righteous government” begins in the family, where lessons in obedience, respect for law and authority are taught and practiced in the small affairs of daily life. Thus it grows in individual consciousness through education, moral and spiritual development, and in the application of God’s law in politics, or “the science of civil government.” In writing of the promised Messiah, “The Prince of Peace,” Isaiah said, “The government shall be upon his shoulder.”

The responsibility is ours, through the exercise of Christ’s Christianity, to establish the spiritual concept of government, as the unfoldment of God’s divine laws among men and nations. Christianity, as understood by the primitive Christians, meant putting into practice the gospel of Christ Jesus, not relegating it to creeds and dogmas, deifying the human Jesus, or merely dating it as a new era in the world’s historical progress. Jesus was the Way-shower to lead men and nations into true self-government, through an understanding of the Christ, Truth.

The foundational aspects of true politics are still further observed in the second point of Mrs. Eddy’s statement of her political views—”to ‘ love God supremely.” The jurisprudence of some Christian nations rests in part upon the Mosaic law. But on one occasion when asked, “Which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus replied, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” And to “love God supremely” men must have an intelligent understanding of such characteristics of the infinite Being as come within the range of human comprehension and application, among which may be mentioned justice, wisdom, mercy, goodness, and loving-kindness. Learning to know God as incorporeal, as infinite Mind, Principle, Life, Truth, Love, men will love Him aright, and nations will seek divine guidance and find peace and progress under the government of the one Mind. True government is bound up in God’s supremacy, and the right concept of politics uplifts experience through demonstration of God’s law.

The third point, which completes Mrs. Eddy’s answer to the question, “What are your politics?” is to love “my neighbor as myself.” The Apostle James says, “If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well.” This should be to us a “royal law” in the Christianly scientific application of divine law in matters of government. If Mrs. Eddy’s political ideal could be incorporated in party platforms today and engrafted in individual consciousness, what righteous governments we should have, and what loving, industrious, happy peoples!

Some of the problems intertwined with present-day politics were pointed out by Mrs. Eddy in an article entitled “Insufficient Freedom,” published in the New York World, December, 1900, and later included in “The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany” (p. 266), in which she mentions “the most imminent dangers confronting the coming [twentieth] century” as “the robbing of people of life and liberty under the warrant of the Scriptures; the claims of politics and of human power, industrial slavery, and insufficient freedom of honest competition; and ritual, creed, and trusts in place of the Golden Rule, ‘Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.’ ”

Apparently the world is in the very midst of these “imminent dangers.” What are “the claims of politics and of human power” but the reverse of pure ideals based upon righteousness and consideration of the rights and privileges of all? Should not each individual ask himself the question, “What are your politics?” and examine his motives and aims to see that no selfish desire, emolument of office, laxity of interest in country, home, and family creep into his true estimate of politics? If, in the light of Christian Science, each one will take Mrs. Eddy’s threefold answer to this important question and strive to apply it in his daily life, many of these “imminent dangers” will vanish before the irradiance of Truth and Love understood and demonstrated. Christian Science teaches that “righteousness exalteth a nation,” as it exalts the individual thinking which supports “a righteous government.”

You are invited to join us for our Sunday church service on zoom every Sunday at 10 am PT. To join please email us at christiansciencenote@gmail.com and we can send a link to our meeting. We meet for an hour and then have an open discussion about the week’s Bible lesson and/or testimonies of healing and comments and questions about Christian Science.

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Protect yourself with a hazmat suit! (or has-met?) This is a great daily lift by Lona Ingwerson, CS,

February 8th, 2021

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Join us this morning online for church. 1/31/21

January 31st, 2021

You are invited to join us for our Sunday church service on zoom every Sunday at 10 am PT. To join please email us at christiansciencenote@gmail.com and we can send a link to our meeting. We meet for an hour and then have an open discussion about the week’s Bible lesson and/or testimonies of healing and comments and questions about Christian Science. 

Screen Shot 2021 01 30 At 10.58.38 PmAlso, there is a month long study for January on the Platform of Christian Science from Science and Health  page 330 to 340. The discussion is facilitated by Christian Science practitioner, Marsha Pecaut. To join this study and discussion go to the website Loveheals.us and click on Study the Platform.   www.loveheals.us

We will be on the 31st (XXXI) plank this Sunday.  We are almost to the end but you are welcome to join in, or to start from the beginning when ever you want.

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How do I know God loves me? Inspiring new article from local surfer, Tressie Armstrong, published in the Christian Science Sentinel

January 23rd, 2021

How do I know God loves me?

When we see good things happening; feel a deep sense of peace, inspiration, or healing; or recognize beauty in a moment of nature, it’s all evidence of God loving us.

I was feeling a lot of gratitude one day about good things going on in my life and was sharing it with a wonderful person who has spent much time mentoring me in my spiritual growth. With his help, I’ve learned more about God’s ever-present love for us. His response to my story was, “That’s just God loving you!”

I love that. When we see good things happening; feel a deep sense of peace, inspiration, or healing; or recognize beauty in a moment of nature, it’s all evidence of God loving us.

How do we know God is real? We just need to look for the manifestations, the evidence, of His all-encompassing love. If we are looking to find God as an anthropomorphic being, a big man in the clouds, for example, then we are limiting God’s ability to be what the Bible says God is: omnipotent, all, everlasting, perfect, Love, Spirit.

If God is all and is Spirit, He must be everywhere at all times. And the good news is that our Father-Mother God actually is. How do we know this, especially at times that seem bleak? God is evident in all of His beautiful creation and in His tender love and guidance at hand. We may need to look deeply at times to see evidence of God, but He is always there and is not the source of any evil. In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, referring to God, defines creator in part as “the animating divine Principle of all that is real and good; . . . God, who made all that was made and could not create an atom or an element the opposite of Himself” (p. 583).

We can become aware of the evidence that God is, even when God’s ever-presence seems hidden. One time, when I was feeling a bit out of sorts, I decided I would go for a surf session. Once in the ocean, I just sat still for a bit and mentally embraced all of the beauty surrounding me. The sun was shining; the sky was crystal blue; the ocean was calm; a pod of dolphins swam peacefully past me.

There was no way I could deny God’s presence in that moment. I felt washed clean and fully embraced by the very present and tangible God, good. It was clear to me that what all of that beauty represented was an expression of God loving me. All I needed to do was look for the evidence—the love, grace, and peace—of divine Love’s presence.

We can become aware of the evidence that God is, even when God’s ever-presence seems hidden.

Oftentimes, God’s love is heard and made evident in quiet messages that come to thought. The Bible states in the book of Isaiah, “Thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left” (30:21). The best way to resolve a problem or decide a direction to take is to listen and respond to the angel messages from God that guide us, often coming to us as quiet spiritual intuitions.

When I was expecting my first child, I drove to visit my sister. When it was time to return home, I had very distinct intuitions that I should travel a different freeway than the route I would normally have taken. The alternate route was a little longer, but the intuition was so strong that I decided to take it.

About halfway home, the car broke down, right at the offramp where it was safest and easiest to get assistance. I was able to walk to a very nearby gas station, where there was an attendant who kindly walked back to the car with me and helped get it running again. I made it home without further incident. That was God loving me, guiding me clearly.

In “the scientific statement of being,” Mrs. Eddy includes this affirmation: “All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all” (Science and Health, p. 468). To be made manifest is to be visible, recognizable! God is made manifest in His perfect, dear creations. As it says in Genesis in the Bible, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them,” and “God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good” (1:27, 31). That includes you and me.

No one was a more pure and spiritual proof of God than Christ Jesus. In the book of John, Jesus declared that he was evidence of God, the Father. When people asked him if he was the Christ, he responded: “The works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.  . . . though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him” (10:25, 38).

He also said that his followers could do these works, too: “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also” (John 14:12). As spiritual children of God, we are each the evidence, the proof, that God is. God’s great goodness shines through our lives in transformation and healing.

When we’re faced with challenging situations of any sort—regarding finances, relationships, health, or anything else—we can open thought to see evidence of God loving us in ways big and small. In fact, in the last chapter of Science and Health, “Fruitage,” and in the Christian Science periodicals—the Sentinel, The Christian Science Journal, and The Herald of Christian Science—there are numerous examples of God’s love being made manifest in people’s lives.

All creation is made to prove the supremacy and allness of divine Life, Truth, and Love—synonyms for God. So, the next time you see or feel a particularly good thing happening, for you or for others, you can joyfully know, “That’s just God loving me!”

JANUARY 11, 2021 ISSUE

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