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The following was written in support of Church Alive, a focus of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, that explores the meaning and possibilities of awakening to the spiritual basis and impact of Church.
Protection during a tornado
One sunny afternoon when our Christian Science Reading Room wasn’t scheduled to be open, I felt impelled to open it to support a local family, who are members of our church and whose mother had just passed on. This woman had healed others through her practice of Christian Science and had been a dedicated Reading Room librarian for many years. Opening the Reading Room to the public helped me feel like I was honoring my friend’s work.
As I was praying in the Reading Room for myself and my church family to overcome any sense of loss or grief, it was apparent that a storm was gathering outside. Tornado warning sirens were sounding, but the sun was still shining. I continued my work. The sirens also continued. As it darkened outside, I began to expand my prayers to the community. I remember acknowledging that this community could not be oppressed by any sense of death (this woman was a public figure in the community) or inharmony, of loss or of confusion. And that Christian Science was a light, a beacon, a sword of Truth, unassailable by any attack of erroneous theories, “isms,” or practices. Although some fearful thoughts came to me that I should leave and drive home (30 minutes away), the substance of my prayer assured me that I was safe and that it was wise to stay at the Reading Room and continue to pray.
My prayer assured me that I was safe and that it was wise to stay at the Reading Room and continue to pray.
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About the author
Paula Todd is currently a student in the Christian Science Nursing Arts program at the Chestnut Hill Benevolent Association.
Betty Hughes, Ed Hurter, Vicki Knickerbocker, Maralee Knowlen
Love marches on
Church growth—grappling with the new norms
Energy that is plentiful—and safe
How is Truth revealing itself to you?
Protection during a tornado
By Paula Todd
The pure joy of running
By Shane Witters Hicks
A spiritual roadmap for saving our cities
By Susan Tish
Praying about terrorism in Jesus’ way
By Mark Swinney
A lens of love in Northern Ireland
By Hilary McCreary
Religion and the responsibility to love
By Lyle Young
All on this globe together
Rosalie E. Dunbar
Prayer in an earthquake
By Norman Anderson
A new President of the Board of Education
The Christian Science Board of Directors
When Christian Science dawned in my life
The burning bush
Healed of severe digestive condition
Lump in breast dissolved
Carmem Tereza Fonseca Medeiros
Grateful for many healings
Jan Arend Clarke
Your divine ‘career counselor’