"...I received a call from a friend living in North Carolina. Her town was in direct line to be hit by a Category 2 storm. She asked me to pray with her, not only for her safety, but for the protection of everyone concerned. While we were speaking, she lost phone service.
"I prayed immediately, considering the 91st Psalm. Then another scriptural image of omnipresent Love came to thought. It’s found in a description of the cherubim surrounding Ezekiel’s house with their protective wings. Cherubim is a biblical symbol of angelic presence. Ezekiel wrote, “And the sound of the cherubims’ wings was heard even to the outer court, as the voice of the Almighty God when he speaketh. . . . And there appeared in the cherubims the form of a man’s hand under their wings” (Ezekiel 10:5,8).
"Throughout the Bible, the word hand often symbolizes spiritual strength, and prophetic visions of men with angels frequently denote the Christ—the presence of the power of God."
This is an excerpt from an article that was published today in the Christian Science Journal online. Gotta love JSH online for excellent timing! This article (a post on this blog from last January) was put on the schedule weeks ago for publication today. It is a love and prayer offering for those concerned by the storm Isaac.
Click here to read the full article.
"The Bible is filled with beautiful imagery of the protective power of divine Love in emergencies. Perhaps one of the best-known is the 91st Psalm, which says, "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty... He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust." (Psalm 91:1-4)
One spring after a harsh winter we experienced a rapid thaw. The creek behind out house overflowed its banks and the backyard flooded. Our home began to fill with several inches of water.
In the backyard sat a little hen house that housed our three pet chickens. One of the hens had been sitting on two eggs for several weeks and her chicks were about ready to hatch. Concerned, I made my way across the yard to check on them. Although their house had a foot and a half of water in it, the chickens were safe in their roost. One egg had hatched and the chick was tucked safely under his mother's wing. The second egg had a tiny hole in it. Read the rest of this post in the Christian Science Journal online.
A Christian Science visiting nurse responded to a call for help late at night in what would be considered a high-risk neighborhood. She was nervous and afraid, so she began to pray. Her prayer helped her to understand that she always worked and moved in God, Mind - the divine Principle, Love - and thus was always safe. She saw that she was in what Christ Jesus called "the kingdom of God."
After the home visit, she returned to her car and found a large man sitting on the hood. She could approach the car without fear, because she understood that if she was in the kingdom of Love, than anyone she saw was in the kingdom, too.
He explained, "I knew that a car like that would not be here at this time of night unless the owner was doing good. I sat on your car to protect it."
Little Brian Jay's mom used to read him a story every night before bedtime. It told of how all the stars in the sky are like God's eyes watching over his creation. Of course, this was intended to be a comforting idea. But one night, BJ's mom came to his room and discovered all the shades pulled down tight and the bed-covers pulled up high. When asked what was wrong, the young boy replied from deep in the dark, "I don't like all those eyes watching me!"
I have practiced Christian Science professionally in
some form since 1979.
But my journey with
Christian Science started
in a Sunday school
where as a young child
I was taught the Scriptures and some simple basics
of Jesus' method of
scientific Christian healing.
A significant experience
at the age of twelve
opened my eyes to
the great potential
of this practice.
After impaling my foot
on a nail,
I prayed the way I had learned
in Sunday school.
the pain stopped
and healing began.
By the next morning the wound had disappeared completely.
the great potential
of Christian Science,
there would be no