You can now WATCH recently recorded Christian Science talks. There are currently 15 to choose from, including one in French with English subtitles. Click here to see the complete list. www.ChristianScience.com
Are you looking for a spiritual perspective about the Gulf oil spill? Perhaps you’ve wondered how you can help be part of the solution. Below are just a few of the many wonderful resources available for your thoughtful consideration.
A quick search “oil spill” on www. spirituality.com brings up a number of articles including an audio chat from May 6, 2010 with Kit Wittich entitled “Prayer about the Gulf Coast oil spill.” Click here to listen. You can also read various answers from around the world to the question “How are you praying for resolution to ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?” Click here to read.
This week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson is on the subject “Is the Universe evolved by Atomic Force?” A thought-provoking question “Does God notice the magnitude of human problems? Does He care?” has been posed on www.TMCYouth.com and invites the public share to their answers, thoughts, and additional questions.
The Christian Science Monitor has ongoing coverage from a news perspective. But it also has several articles based on a Christian Science perspective. From June 1st, “The oil spill and God’s finger” and from June 6th “A healing answer to the Gulf oil spill.”
Feel free to share your thoughts and prayers on this topic in the “Comments” section below.
Yesterday I went with my son on his 4th grade field trip. I was surprised how ungrateful his classmates and he were. They complained about the bus ride; complained about the length of time they had to look at the museum; complained about eating outside; complained about minor(!) cuts and bruises. At first I tried to contradict them, “It’s a lovely day for a picnic.” But, then I realized I need to not combat materialism with more materialism: “arguing whether it was a nice day for a picnic or not.” What I really needed to do was to realize that as God’s spiritual children, they are not only perfect, but they can realize that perfection. They could not be anything less than perfect, grateful children. So, I was quiet, and I started seeing myself as God would see me…. patient, kind, humble…. Then I started seeing the children as God sees them…. patient, kind, humble. Sometimes it was hard to see them as humble…. but after a while it became easier. I started to see them as patient, kind and humble. The gratitude soon followed.
Several weeks ago my 9 year old son was at a park where several other 9 year olds that he didn’t know called him profane names and tried to pick a physical fight with him. Besides feeling a need to console and love, I was surprised at how young this aggressive behavior started. Although friends counseled me that this is part of growing up, I could only think that there’s an opportunity from this experience to lift humanity’s thought somehow. I wanted to be part of the solution, not part of the cycle. I couldn’t help but feel that there are ties between a childhood park altercation to an abusive marriage to gang violence to genocide. I wanted to use the opportunity to help my son and myself find a spiritual perspective that would add to the “stop the cycle of violence and hatred”. Thoughts lead to action – and if we can help direct our thoughts towards the divine power that made each of us, then we’re individually adding to a more spiritual attitude on things which in turn helps lift humanity out of the ugliness of bullying and violence. This is an ongoing process for me as I continue to pray for more answers and also to watch my own consciousness – weeding out thoughts of stereotyping, hopelessness, and aggression. I find that I speak more gently to my children and husband; and I have renewed compassion for inclusiveness. Unwilling to give into the “it’s a normal right of passage/growing up,” I’ve found some great articles on the subject of bullying that provide an uplifted perspective. Here’s a recent article from the Christian Science Monitor that discusses a spiritual take on bullying – I hope you find it helpful. Compassion and Hope for the Bully and the Bullied.
This article in today’s Christian Science Monitor provides a refreshing take on what’s next after graduation. PS – there’s no need for mixed emotions between a job well done with fear of what’s next. http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Articles-on-Christian-Science/2010/0514/Graduation-what-s-next