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Joy and dominion

When I was growing up, almost every conversation I had with my mother about how to approach a challenge through prayer included her sweet reminder that often joy comes before dominion in our demonstration of Christian healing. And one of my favorite hymns says:  O perfect Mind, reveal Thy likeness true,  That higher selfhood which we all must prove, Joy and dominion, love reflecting Love.

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The Christian Science Journal Our home in God by Chris Motta “I really turned wholeheartedly to God. This Bible passage came to mind: ‘In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.

Online discussions and spiritual discernment

Comments concerning news articles discussed on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and in other social media sometimes turn into arguments. People may have strong opinions that put them in conflict with comments others have made, and they feel they must respond.

Is it all in your thinking?

Christian Science practitioners hear patients say, when troubled with an illness or other problem, “I know it’s all in my own thought. ” Such individuals are cruel to themselves.

I prayed for my brother

One day my brother Gavin and I were balancing on the couch. I pulled his foot out from under him.

My church homecoming

Although my parents weren’t particularly religious, our family attended a Protestant church, and I remember literally being dragged to Sunday School as a young child. When I was about ten years old, my parents stopped attending church, as did many of their peers.

The freer step, the fuller breath

The freer step, the fuller breath,    The wide horizon’s grander view;  The sense of Life that knows no death,—   The Life that maketh all things new.   —Samuel Longfellow, Christian Science Hymnal , No.

‘Even there …’

When we hear through the media of various disasters, I find much comfort in the Psalmist’s assurance “If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me” ( Psalms 139:9, 10 ). We can prayerfully affirm on behalf of all those affected by such untoward events that God’s right hand, His omnipotence and omnipresence, is “even there,” right where the disturbing accidents or other adverse incidents appear to be.

The Beatitudes: a guide to Christian practice

I learned the Beatitudes, as given in the Sermon on the Mount in the Bible (see Matthew 5:3–12 ), by heart when I was a child in Sunday School, but it wasn’t until years later that I came to a profound realization about them: that the Beatitudes, when applied to our lives, transform our thinking so that we demonstrate “the mind of Christ” ( I Corinthians 2:16 ). Each beatitude involves growth in grace and indicates, not a future reward, but an already present, God-supplied blessing.

‘The world has need of you’

During the ebb and flow of human experience, we may be learning that the comings and goings of everyday life, if based in material thinking, can often feel unfulfilling and exhausting. And we may be sensing that a hyper-agitated, mortal sense of life isn’t going to deliver what many of us most deeply and inwardly desire: peace, spiritual-mindedness, and the ability and capacity to serve others in a scientifically Christian manner through healing—in short, a life filled with manifestations of God’s peaceful presence, a life where we spiritually understand that God, Spirit, sustains us and matter does not.