The healing power of church

clasped-hands-541849_960_720I love church. My love for church has grown and so has my understanding for the spiritual growth, humility and love it takes to serve Christ’s church.

The church that I love is based on the healing power of Christ. A church that is willing to love without conditions or boundaries.

I have seen the power of Christ connect people of all types and backgrounds. Liberal and conservative. Black and white. Homosexual and heterosexual. Homeless and wealthy. Toddlers and seniors. All attracted to the same church. Why? Because ultimately there is a craving for divine, infinite Love that uplifts, heals and saves and gives meaning to our lives.

Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

may-703626_960_720This flies in the face of so much of what we see today, which wants to separate us based on our history, politics, age, race and religion. Christ is above all this. We have the right to know we are all loved and accepted (as Jesus showed us), and we can live that Christ-spirit where ever we go.

I’m not pretending the Bible doesn’t talk about judgement and separating the “goats” from “sheep” in God’s fold, but I am convinced that this is talking about states and stages of thoughts and actions.

We want to judge — be spiritually discerning in — our own thinking every day and determine if thoughts are coming from God (harmonious, loving, kind, spiritual, limitless, generous, forgiving) or from a mortal ego (limited, fearful, destructive, condemning).

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me and know my thoughts: And see if there be any way of wickedness in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Self-knowledge is an essential component of spirituality. God knows everything that He made is good, spiritual and perfect. We can know that, too.

friends-1149841_960_720Each day I can pray: How can I love more? How can I serve You better? We can also pray wholeheartedly for a greater understanding of God and everyone’s relationship to Him. This will in turn bless us and every community.

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Colossians 3:11 ESV

Psalms 139: 23, 24 ERV

He provides everything we need

We’ve all been there. I want this or I want that. The relentless wants and woes that come with humans.

How can we resist the pull of materialism to feeling God’s perfect grace moving in us and providing everything we need?

bridge-896027_960_720I’ve had times when I KNOW God is leading and guiding me. I don’t doubt it because I know with every fiber of my being that it is right — that Love is leading me. And it works out great, so much better than I could have planned.

Perfect peace. Assurance. Divine love and care. That’s what God’s leading feels like.

So, how do we feel that? How do we attain a recognition of the divine presence and direction on a more consistent basis?

We can start by understanding God has already created perfection. We aren’t mini creators doing His work for Him.

His work is done, and we have only to avail ourselves of God’s rule in order to receive His blessing…
heart-947440_960_720Avail ourselves of God’s rule — God’s law of harmonious action guiding and governing everyone’s lives. The impartial love of God for ALL!

Only one law, one rule: God’s law of infinite supply, abundance, happiness, love and joy for everyone, everywhere. No one is outside of it.

As we see that God’s infinite love and goodness is there for all humanity (Jesus’ parables remind us that we are all neighbors) we see that it is present for us, too, and we can then claim it and experience it.

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

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Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 3:9
Matthew 6:33 NLT

Perfect peace

Today I was feeling mentally unsettled.

It didn’t stop until I read the headlines about North Korea’s latest missile creations and I prayed for peace regarding the situation. I could see and feel the peace that is impartial and everywhere, governing everyone all the time. My prayers silently affirmed that a peaceful state is the only real state of Mind governing every leader and action. I could feel the Holy Spirit giving me a sense of peace and annihilating fear.

The peace that I had been longing to feel deeply came to me.

https://pixabay.com/en/amazing-beautiful-beauty-blue-736886/Where does this sense of peace come from? The first chapter of Genesis in the Bible tells us God is a perfect and peaceful Creator who created all in His image and likeness. He completes His creation in seven days and then rests. We are assured that His creation is very good (see Genesis 1:31). What a sense of peace! He feels satisfaction, completeness, joy and rest all in one! And so can we!

One the Mind and Life of all things,
For we live in God alone;
One the Love whose ever-presence
Blesses all and injures none.

I’m grateful for the interconnectedness of our thinking. Glimpsing the spiritual fact in our prayers for ourselves heals all humanity. And when we pray for others, we feel the effect of these prayers because we are being a witness to the reality that this perfect Creator created. Such a blessing!

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

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Violet Hay, Christian Science Hymnal, Hymn 157:2
Isaiah 26:3 KJV