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Wednesday testimony meeting, January 23, 2013

January 23, 2013

Right place: protection from accident

This week a student of Christian Science had been praying all day on the idea of being in her “right place,” which is always safe and sustained by God’s love.   She declared that the idea of a right place is real for each individual.   Spirit, God, is always present and man as Spirit’s Christly reflection includes his “right place.”

As she attempted to take a short-cut from Beaverton to Tigard recently, she planned to turn at an upcoming light.  A car suddenly slowed in front of her, a pedestrian appeared suddenly in front of her, bringing the traffic to a halt and a began to train to approach the railroad crossing in which her car now stood.    She discovered that she could not turn right as planned (the car and pedestrian had the right-of-way and were blocking her).  She was suddenly trapped in the space between the train crossing signal arm and the tracks as the on-coming train itself approached.  In that brief moment she declared that with God she was always “in her right place” and sure enough, the train zipped by the hood of the car without touching it.  Her trunk was almost touching the lowered signal bar.   No harm came to her, her automobile, the pedestrian, the train, or the car before her.   The train passed by swiftly and soon all were on their way.  It all happened faster than it takes to tell it but with a precision of protection that was truly divine.

“Striking the ribs of matter”: healing of rib injuries

As Pastor Emeritus of our church, Mary Baker Eddy, writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:

“Dear reader, which mind-picture or externalized thought shall be real to you, – the material or the spiritual? Both you cannot have. You are bringing out your own ideal. This ideal is either temporal or eternal. Either Spirit or matter is your model. If you try to have two models, then you practically have none. Like a pendulum in a clock, you will be thrown back and forth, striking the ribs of matter and swinging between the real and the unreal.” (p. 360)

Two individuals reported quick healings of injuries to their ribs during the past two weeks.   One member slipped and fell onto luggage on while disembarking and changing planes in a California airport last week and another sustained an injury while attempting to dislodge the family cat from under a bed.   Both individuals found that they could not lie down normally without much pain and one individual was completely incapacitated.    Both prayed for several days over the sense that something was torn or out of place or injured and one of these individuals asked for Christian Science treatment from a Christian Science practitioner.   In both cases, as thought was spiritualized – as body was seen to be a spiritual idea and never in matter – they were healed.  One of those healed remembered this statement above about “striking the ribs of matter” and said that this was exactly what it felt like had happened–that she was trying to hold to two models of reality.  Healing came after one model (God’s model) became a living fact to her.

No Painful Aftermath: protection from pain during dental surgery

There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. Spirit is immortal Truth; matter is mortal error. Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual. (Science and Health, p. 468)

One of the Christian Scientists in our group reported that she had had oral surgery last week and had reviewed closely the Scientific Statement of Being, as found in Science and Health with  Key to the Scriptures, in preparation and during the dental work.  Also, that Love was/is the only presence.  Seeing,  being, reflecting, radiating–just Love.   This idea lifted thought above the sense that this individual had entered a circumstance of threat and harm.   Instead, painless and quick recovery was the aftermath of the dental work.

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