The Grace of God

birds-112083_640I’ve been cherishing the topic of the grace of God, lately, in my prayers.

Grace is a word used in Christian denominations and it is also a universal quality that belongs to everyone.

In addition to thinking about grace as the unrequited love of God, I also like to think about grace as humanity exercising, or expressing, divine Love.

Exercise involves activity. How about trying to exercise divine Love—or grace—with every thought: at work, in taking care of kids, running errands, etc?

This is no easy task. The self-justification, criticism, judgement and opinions of the carnal mind, or evil, slip in. Even when I consciously make it my objective to fill my consciousness with grace and have that motivate me for the whole day, these sneaky thoughts come in (as the Bible says, the serpent— a metaphor for evil— is sneaky and cunning).

We need to always be on guard and defend ourselves from these negative emotions and thinking, which would pull us down and try to spoil our good motives and thoughts for the day.

Grace is potent and valuable! It can elevate, heal and resolve any situation! No wonder evil would try to come in and take away those moments to feel graceful.

Thoughts and actions that are graceful also feed and replenish the body, giving you health, freedom and energy! They counteract sickness and fatigue.

Paul wrote encouragement to the new Christians in Rome: “…in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Rom 8:37 NIV)

Community prayer is so powerful! Let us all pray that we can preserve grace and express divine, unselfish, unconditional, beautiful love in all that we say and do (and think about one another).

 

Christ calling us together

The First Church of Christ, Scientist; Boston, Massachusetts

This weekend my church headquarters is holding its annual conference. The theme of the meeting is “Christ calling us together.” Since being here in Boston there has been such a sense of alertness, engagement and you can feel the effect of people praying along the lines of Christ calling us together.

During the Wednesday church service, people stood up and shared healings they had through their study of the Bible and a realization of the wonder and greatness of God (and God’s Mothering love embracing them and giving us all that we need each moment). In addition to this, members of the congregation shared how they felt support from one another and that the prayers offered to the congregation each week had a profound healing effect on their lives. It was very moving.

Last night my husband and I were locked out of the friend’s house where we are staying. It was a chilly night and we were praying to see that “all things work together for good” as the Bible tells us (Romans 8:28). After 45 minutes or so, their neighbor came home. Even though he didn’t know us or have any proof we were who we said we were, he invited us into his home. We spent an hour and a half watching the basketball game with him on TV and chatting about various things. After awhile we saw that our friends had returned and we went home.

I had such a spiritual sense of God taking care of us -–of the Christ truly calling us together – that I knew it was divine providence.

I love the universal definition of Christ that Christian revolutionary and healer, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote in the late 1800’s:

Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to man speaking to the human consciousness. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 332)

This message from God to man speaks to you and me. It keep us on the straight and narrow path that enables us to live a fulfilling and satisfying life with God. This message is pouring into the thoughts and hearts of all men, women and children. And it is an amazing thing when you can feel and see your community embodying this message of good and consciously expressing it.