Love stands

build loveHuman organizations are built with prejudices; the fewer the prejudices, the stronger the organization.

Marriages are built with prejudices; the fewer the prejudices, the stronger the marriage.

Prejudices become outdated and are oftentimes replaced with new prejudices or a different quality of material such as fear or courage. Depending on the elements used, the structure stands or falls.

The Tower of Babel was built with a prejudice for homogeny. Everyone was to speak the same language, look the same, and act the same. It fell. (Genesis 11)

The Temple of King Solomon was built with spiritual obedience and pride of power. It eventually fell. (II Chron. 3)

The religion of love was built by prophets and sages and the common people. It still stands. The religion of Love has been through rocky times, hell and high water. But it still stands. I see and feel love, not built with hands, but by what I call God.

Genesis 1:31 (ESV)

“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.”

 

 

 

 

 

Still spry and snappy

???????????????????????????????A recent trip to Tuscon, Arizona, brought cool views. Good thing too, otherwise I would have melted from the atrocious heat.

At the Manor, I participated in a Senior Prom.The latest hoopla at the Manor involves Lawrence (93-years old) and Jane (88-years old). Lawrence and Jane are newly coupled.

They spent hours selecting their attire for the prom. Jane purchased new shoes. The details were shared at lunch prior to the prom dinner. All the details, except one.

While at the Senior Prom, this new couple sauntered onto the dance floor. Okay, it was an ultra cautious sauntering, but while on the dance floor they snuggle and nuzzled.

It reminded me of this from 21st Century Science and Health, “The error of thinking that we are growing old, and the benefits of destroying that illusion, has noticeable results. Most of us have met someone considered old, but very much young in mind/body/spirit. These people have been interviewed and questioned. Are they lucky? Is it their genes? Is it the food they eat? Maybe or maybe not, however, they usually always attribute their longevity to a positive and loving attitude.”

Returning to our table for a break after the song, Jane filled us in on the last detail concerning her shoes, saying, “These damn shoes have rubber soles, making it hard to dance.” But, the shoes didn’t ruin the evening, which again made me laugh because the rad event wrapped up at 7:30 p.m., time for bed.

cactus and palm treesI also visited the Desert Museum. The anomaly of seeing palm trees in the desert didn’t go unnoticed. It wasn’t a mirage or illusion. Bring a little water to the ground and plant a tropical tree, an it can grow. Again from Science and Health, “It is made plain that decrepitude is not according to law, nor is it a necessity of nature, but an illusion. There are many examples of perpetual youth, untouched by time, in the world. These examples furnish a useful hint to the ingenious mind that might work with more certainty than when Bill Gates[1] tapped into instantaneous and seamless communication and commerce around the globe by means of computers, unrestricted by the obstacle of time…Impossibilities never occur. Years don’t make us older. Our convictions manifest on our bodies, so why not have a sprightly conviction?”

 

[1] William Henry Gates III, philanthropist, author, and former CEO and current chairman of Microsoft, (1955– )

The sensibilities can expand

Marrakesh, Morocco lived up to its reputation for reconciling its prestigious past with contemporary dynamism. As visitors a few years ago, we ate from rooftops, peering over to see stucco walls and plain yet practical metal roofs, decorated with satellites. We walked the mazes within Medina (Old City), passing donkeys pulling carts and people talking on cell phones.

The beauty of the past and present embracing one another intermixed with a pluralist equilibrium. Different faiths coexisted and commingle. I felt the advancements made in religion, science, and business was working to undermine the intolerance I hear about all too often in the media.

I noticed the different culture stirred my sensibilities, however, those very sensibilities expanded and adapted and I met some very wonderful people and discovered we have much in common.

Spiritual education

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By Richard Fischer

My life experiences have been teaching me the power of thought. I’m realizing I want to depend on a good God for thoughts because the human mind’s thoughts can sometimes not be good.

I remember a few years ago reading and my daughter came into the room to introduce me to her friend. We all had a great conversation, discussing things we had in common, like music and spiritual ideas. Then the friend stunned me with her comment, “I’m dying,” and caught me off guard.

I asked, “What are you dying from?”

“I don’t know. I just know I won’t be around here soon.”

Her conviction reminded me to be careful what I focus on for thoughts.

This morning, my daughter told me her friend had died at 0230. I asked if they knew why she died.

“No, and she was only 39 years old.”

We talked more about the power of thought. I believe we are what we think.

Imagine if we were taught this in school.

Though I’m educated, I didn’t learn this spiritual power in school but from Healing Science. Thankfully, through my own personal experiences I’m learning we have a good Mind as the source of good thoughts that do make a difference for the better.

June 18, 2014

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I Kings 10:1-9 (NIV)*

When the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relationship to the Lord, she came to test Solomon with hard questions. Arriving at Jerusalem with a very great caravan—with camels carrying spices, large quantities of gold, and precious stones—she came to Solomon and talked with him about all that she had on her mind. Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her. When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon and the palace he had built, the food on his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he made at the temple of the Lord, she was overwhelmed.

She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true. But I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth you have far exceeded the report I heard. How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king to maintain justice and righteousness.”

Prov. 15:12-13

Mockers resent correction,
so they avoid the wise.

13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful,
but heartache crushes the spirit.

14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,

Matt. 5: 1-11

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

He said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

From 21st Century Science and Health*

Love is the source of might, immortality, and goodness, which shine through all as the blossom shines through the bud. God’s ideas are simple, yet great, and through a sharing process these ideas are strengthened, and found to be interconnected, as they have the same Principle, or Parent. Happy is the person who sees the need of others and supplies it, seeking his or her own supply in someone else’s good. All the diverse expressions of God reflect health, holiness, immortality—infinite Life, Truth, and Love.

Human belief is a liar from the beginning, not deserving power. It says to human beings, “You are disgusting!” and they think they are. Nothing can change this state, until the mindset changes. Mortal belief says, “You are happy!” and human beings are; and no circumstance can alter the situation, until the thinking on this subject changes. Human belief says to mortals, “You are sick!” and this assertion manifests itself on the body as sickness. A change in either a health-belief or a belief in sickness affects the physical condition. Bear in mind, it is as necessary for a health-illusion, as for an illusion of sickness, to be instructed out of itself into the spiritual understanding of what constitutes health.

Evil is conspicuously broadcast today, showing off itself in consumerism, materialism, and sensualism. Evil is struggling against the advancing spiritual era. The world may lack spirituality, and people may not be able to keep a promise or make a home happy, but human minds are demanding spiritual understanding and a reformed attitude.

As with any reform, a transition period will be felt. Transition periods are often unsettling and undesirable, however, why buck the trend when the reform compels us to find permanence and peace in a more spiritual devotion?

In his book, Survival in the Killing Fields,[1] Haing Ngor, survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime, acknowledges the special trust between he and his wife, which did not include quibbling. Hard feelings are avoided when spouses use common sense, have respect for one another, and do not become extravagant or lazy. Having money and possessions may remove some barriers to a happy marriage, but nothing can replace the loving care in a union.

Teaching children, at the earliest stages possible, the realities of health and holiness is extremely beneficial. Children are more tractable than adults, and learn more readily to love the simple truths that will make them happy and good. Children can learn that obedience to parents and guardians promotes self-control. Disobedience blights.

Truth’s immortal idea is hovering over the centuries, gathering beneath its wings the sick and sinning. My weary hope tries to realize that happy day when human beings will recognize the Science of Christ, Truth, and love their neighbor as themselves. I hope you realize God’s omnipotence and the healing power of divine Love, and what it does for humankind. The promises will be fulfilled. The time for the reappearing of the divine healing is throughout all time.

* Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com Text from 21st Century Science and Health, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.

 

 

[1] Haing Ngor, with Roger Warner, Survival in the Killing Fields. (New York, NY: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2003)

An allegiance to love through the Stars and Stripes

flagWording to the American Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag has been altered since its inception in 1892. Socialist minister, Francis Bellamy (1855-1931) originally published a shorter version in The Youth’s Companion.

In 1923, the words, “the Flag of the United States of America” were added.

In 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words “under God,” creating the 31-word pledge we say today:

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

As a news reporter who covers town meetings, I stand with my right hand over my heart and repeat the Pledge of Allegiance frequently. Some people choose not to. Others choose to say the pledge but not the words, “under God.” That is their right and I’m thankful Americans have that choice.

The word God carries diverse undertones and meanings. God, to me, is love, love itself. With Flag Day, June 14, 2014, I can appreciate thinking on a A nation “under love.”

 

June 11, 2014

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John 9 (ESV)*

As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.

The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said, “It is he.” Others said, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” 10 So they said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” 11 He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed and received my sight.” 12 They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”

13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. 14 Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15 So the Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, “He put mud on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” 16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them. 17 So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”

18 The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight 19 and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” 20 His parents answered, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. 21 But how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” 22 (His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.) 23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

24 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” 25 He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” 26 They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27 He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” 28 And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” 30 The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. 32 Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34 They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out.

35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”[c] 36 He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” 37 Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.”

From 21st Century Science and Health*

“Sin multiplies when we believe life is in matter. If thinking doesn’t shift out of the vicious cycle of believing in a temporal life, life is very disheartening and we feel cursed. Error hides behind a lie and excuses guilt, but can’t be concealed forever. Even the attitude that tries to justify or hide guilt is punished. People who avoid justice and deny truth tend to perpetuate sin, bring on crime, jeopardize self-control, and mock divine mercy. This human mindset tries to eliminate the spiritual idea, or improved thought, whenever and wherever it appears. It is that same mindset which tried to kill Jesus in order to get rid of Truth. However, Truth, through eternal laws, causes error and sin to betray itself.

“The beast and the false prophets are lust and hypocrisy. These wolves in sheep’s clothing are detected and killed by innocence, the Lamb of Love.

“Divine Science shows how the Lamb slays the wolf. Innocence and Truth overcome guilt and error. Ever since the foundation of the world, ever since error would establish rut thinking, evil has tried to kill the Lamb, but Science is able to destroy this lie called evil.

“It is important to examine our inclinations and intentions. Mental examination is the way we learn what we honestly are. If a friend informs us of a fault, do we listen patiently to the criticism and reconsider our attitude? Or, do we react by giving thanks that we are “not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector”?[1] During many years, I have been most grateful for constructive criticism. The misdeed is destructive careless criticism, which does no one any good.

“The test of prayer is found in the answer to these questions: Do we love our neighbor better because of our prayer? Or, are we satisfied with our prayerful words and yet give no evidence of living consistently with our prayer? If selfishness has given place to kindness, we will regard our neighbor unselfishly and pray for our enemies;[2] but this great responsibility is never accomplished simply by asking that it may be done. Improvement of mind/body/spirit needs to be tangible before we can experience the achievement of our hope and faith.”

“As human thought changes from one stage to another, from conscious pain to painlessness, from sorrow to joy, from fear to hope, and from faith to understanding, the visible manifestation will at last be self-governed by Soul.”

(Scripture taken from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®) copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. ESV® Text Edition: 2011.Text from 21st Century Science and Health copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen)

 

[1] Luke 18:11 (NRSV)

[2] Matt. 5:44

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