In daily contemplation of Him…

First of all I wish to say how grateful I am for Christian Science, our Church and
the telephone access to our services.
God works in mysterious ways is the saying. Today I found that to be true.

ln praying to God for guidance in a certain line of metaphysical work, a melody
from the hymnal came to me nonstop along with a line starting ” in daily
contemplation of Him who made allthings.”

Well, research along with asking a church member did not result in the answer.
It came to me to just start at hymn one and look at the melody as I would
instantly recognize it. Much to my astonishment it was hymn no 2 and the lyric
line I thought belonged to it was not even there. At first I was confused but it
became clear as I read it that the message to me from God was actually to find
the hymn with that melody and contemplate these lyrics as they held the
message I was searching for.
All of Hymn 2 beginning “A glorious day is dawning” is the message I will now
contemplate daily until it is my own. lt is with joy I share this small example
with you of God’s love, care and direction.

Helene Benedikte

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River of love – Dallas to New York

As I was not in town Saturday I missed the talk “Time is not a Factor” by David Hohle so I listened to it on the internet. I was astounded to be reminded of an experience I had several years ago that appeared like a miracle to many people who knew the story.

At that time my daughter Karen and family lived in Whitestone NY.  She is a flight attendant for a major airline which entitles her parents to fly space available – no ticket required. When I plan to visit them, we coordinate my schedule with hers so she is home and not working. As there was no direct flight from Tucson to NY, I usually would change planes in Dallas.  I never had difficulty with this practice until one particular visit.  That summer, huge storms came up in Texas and many flights were severely delayed to and from the DFW airport.   When I arrived, the terminal was teeming with stranded passengers and I found I was number 68 on the standby waiting list for NY.  Most all of the others were paying standby passengers with priority.  It looked impossible.  Then my daughter flew in – she was actually supposed to be in NY already but her flight was delayed also.   Her working flight was cancelled to NY so she too was standing by but jump seat qualified so not a problem.  She vowed, however, to stay overnight with me if necessary and it did look inevitable as the list of people ahead of me was growing by the minute.  

I knew down to my toes that it was correct for us to be in NY that night – many things were planned for the visit and it was a short window.  I gave it to God. The feeling of strong assurance came to me that we were in a river of love running through it all in spite of how it looked humanly.  I pictured us moving forward in this river and at our destination as planned because God was the doer here.  I felt serene and confident.  I passed this on to Karen and asked her to visualize our moving on to NY.  She got it and she did.  At one point we walked up to the front desk to see what the list was doing. It was bigger.  Just then, Karen overheard the desk clerk telling someone that another flight, also scheduled hours earlier and delayed, was set to leave in a few minutes.  Karen’s ears perked up and she asked how many standbys were on the list for that plane as usually when one flight leaves, all the listed people are rolled over to the next one and that had not happened yet.  The clerk said none and there were two empty seats. She quickly rolled our names over to it on the computer and said “run.”  — We ran and were awarded the last two seats on that plane just as they were closing the doors.  We reached NY in time for a yummy dinner her husband had prepared for us.

When I listened to our lecture, I realized this experience was an exact illustration of what Mr. Hohle was talking about.  He described how time was not linear and stepping out of that box by mentally moving forward proved it.  I did not understand the Principle behind what unfolded In Dallas at that time but did know it was God in action and we both acknowledged that.  This talk brought the experience back to the forefront and I am so grateful to be gaining a fresh understanding of this demonstration and greatly appreciate Mr. Hohle’s choosing this topic. I will continue to listen until I have a better hold on this subject and am so grateful for Christian Science and our wonderful church here in Green Valley.  I would also like to acknowledge the tools we out of town members have to participate in our services and lectures by phone and internet.    Helene Benedikte

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Christian Science Lecture: “Time is not a factor in your life” — by David Hohle, CSB

Time is not a factor in your life

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Love is the Liberator

In February, 2013 I was in Pennsylvania at my daughter’s house in the Pocono mountains waiting for the “emergence” of my grandson Dylan.  Her mother-in-law was also present – we were having fun with our other little grandchild Alina.  The evening my daughter and hubby were in the hospital in Scranton, I excused myself to retire early to my room as a  sharp pain in my chest seemed to be developing.  I declared Truth as learned in Christian Science since childhood and was calm and unafraid.  The strong message came not to let anyone catch wind of this – just keep working in the Christian Science way.  The pain increased to the point it was difficult to breathe.  I had a practitioner in our church in my phone on speed dial and called her.  I could not speak much but conveyed who I was and the error that was presenting.  She lovingly helped me right in the moment with positivity and strong assurance all was well.  Total relief, relaxation and peace pushed away any concerns.  I sat up in bed all night feeling loved and grateful, secure in God’s great love.  Breathing became easier right away and by morning there were no remnants of this experience.  I was healed in full.  That day, mother-in-law and I tugged two big garbage cans through the snow to the roadside and no one was the wiser!  That day was filled with beauty, gratitude, love and joy in the arrival of Dylan.  There has been no return of these symptoms and I remain immensely grateful for Christian Science and our loving practitioners.  There was and is no need to determine what the belief was.  Christian Science heals regardless in Jesus’ way.  I am also grateful for our wonderful hymns.  The words, “Everlasting arms of Love are beneath, around, above” from Hymn 53 were not only in my thought at this time but felt so deeply I knew all was well no matter what seemed to be the suggestion fighting for life.  Thanks to the practice of Christian Science healing, human chaos was totally avoided.  One can only imagine the turmoil that would have resulted otherwise!  Love is the liberator.

Love, Helene

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THE DIVINELY NATURAL PRESERVATION OF BABY WHITE BIRD

"Baby" - boat unharmed

THE DIVINELY NATURAL PRESERVATION OF BABY WHITE BIRD

October 2017
Divine Love’s supremacy in a hurricane

One of my daughters and her husband, who is Puerto Rican, had an all white pleasure boat named “Baby” moored at a marina in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. They live in Pennsylvania. When hurricane Maria approached at category 4 or 5 strength it looked like Baby was at great risk. Indeed, the marina was destroyed and most of the boats there sank or were destroyed.

However, a family friend in Puerto Rico went searching for Baby by boat as my son-in-law had the feeling she was ok. The friend found her about a mile and a half away resting in a big pile of debris above the high water line. Baby was unharmed with no punctures to the hull. The inside living quarters and engine compartment were dry. It was remarked by others that she looked like a bird resting in her nest. This reminded me of the song “White Bird” made popular by a group in the 60’s – “she must fly or she will die”. She is now known as “Baby White Bird”. She is flying! A successful group effort to extract her is under way and she will be stored safely on land until brought up to Pennsylvania. Our family members on the island are also safe.

What happened here – is this a “miracle” or a divinely natural outcome of God’s love and care when Truth is applied and realized? This boat was protected by the all powerful divine Principle Love and no uncontrolled rage of mortal mind called a hurricane could touch that. S & H 591: 21-22; 465, 466: 16-6

While praying for our resident Puerto Rican family, I realized I could not just outright dismiss and write off Baby. She was not in Truth a material object. This boat represented much life, love and joy to my daughter and son-in-law and was a part of them. Both were raised near the ocean – my daughter in Hawaii – and the ocean is dear to them both. I mentally wrapped Baby in the light of God’s love, thinking of her only in spiritual terms and keeping her safe in a crucible of light and love. Praying in this way each time the situation came to my thought until I felt at peace, I was able to maintain the idea of the boat as a spiritual representation of joyous living and loving qualities untouched by and floating above the seeming chaos.

I had a night dream years ago that I was about to be inundated by a huge tidal wave. In the dream I realized the wave was not real as it was coming from the land and the ocean was behind me. I turned my back on it and shouted to others on the beach that it was ok – the wave was not real. They did not listen and were swept away when it parted around me and kept going. I am still learning from this angel message. To me, this illustrates Baby’s protection. The hurricane was not harmful as the idea of this particular boat was being held in Truth.

I am so very grateful for Christian Science, our lovely church, Christ Jesus, Mary Baker Eddy and so much more!

Love Helene Benedikte

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Testimony

One day I was going to my softball practice.  We were working on pop flies.  I reached out to get it and it hit my finger in mid air and bent it backwards.  It really hurt and I couldn’t move it at all.  When my mom came to pick me up after class I told her what had happened and she said some comforting things.  When we got home I called my practitioner and he said some very comforting things.  Weeks went by of praying.  After a few weeks I couldn’t even feel the slightest bit of pain and I was very grateful.  I go to the Christian Science Sunday School.

Ainsley, granddaughter of a member

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Christian Science practitioner instantly healed me of migraine headaches.

HEALING TESTIMONY No. 5

Christian Science practitioner instantly healed me of migraine headaches.
Judy: Tell me about your healing by a Christian Science practitioner of migraine headaches and the spiritual sense of well-being and peace that this spiritual healing left you with.
Jan: Oh, yes, that was just the dearest experience. It took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The practitioner lived in a hotel, she had a suite. Her sister also lived in that hotel. They had a beautiful view of the lake, and she was very active.
I had been having migraine headaches for 35 years. The last one that I had, I was so ill that I just really felt that I wasn’t going to be able to manage another one. There’s that word “I” again, me, me, me, me! I hadn’t had any Practitioner working for me, [providing healing treatment] because this was something that just came up at unexpected times. [When it did] I would study and fill my thought with good and then I’d be okay, and then [there would be] a next time. So I decided that I was going to let God do it [heal me].
I opened up the Christian Science Journal [a publication that contains articles and verified accounts of spiritual healing] and I just kind of guided my finger and found a practitioner. When I called her it was like I was enveloped in love. It was something I had never experienced before. It was her voice; I could imagine what Mary Baker Eddy must have sounded like and how she must have dealt with things. There was something about her voice that love just flowed through the [phone] wires so to speak. She didn’t throw words at you. She wanted to meet with me and suggested that I come to the hotel and meet her in the lobby. Bert [my husband] drove me there. I went in and sat down on a bench right inside the door, and waited. And I heard these brisk footsteps coming along the hall. I looked up and here’s this tall, very erect, thin lady; crisply, beautifully dressed. Not fancy, just trim. She came directly to me and said, you must be Jan Gutteter, and I said yes I am. She said probably five sentences at the most. Then she was done. If I had walked past her in the hall less than five minutes later, I would not have recognized her. There was just no sense of person at all. No sense of personality. And, what the [Christian Science] Truth was that she spoke, I cannot recall. I went out to the car and Bert said, well, that was short. (She laughs.)
I called her a year later on something else. Her sister answered the phone and said she had passed on. She had been sitting in a chair, doing careful meditating for someone. Her sister said, you know, she was 91 years old. [Yet, when I saw her year earlier] she looked like she was maybe in her thirties. It’s kind of hard to judge ages when someone is that alive. She wasn’t what you’d call vivacious; she was just, uh, it was indescribable.
Judy: You mentioned the Practitioner “meditating.” Can you share with me what the word “meditating” means to you?
Jan: It was so effortless with her. I felt like she had gotten herself out of the picture. She just went directly to God. There is no sense of person there.
The outcome of my being healed was that I suddenly realized, oh my gosh, I haven’t had a migraine or a headache of any kind this last year, and I haven’t since! I just left it with her and it wasn’t part of me anymore. It took a year to recognize that I wasn’t having the kind of spells I’d been having, or believed I was having.
That was a beautiful, beautiful experience. And I think it’s the thing that keeps me grounded now, so to speak. I was flailing around a bit after Bert left (passed on). There were times that I even wondered if I should bother going to church.
Judy: You know Mary Baker Eddy put in our Church Manual, p. 42, “Prayer in Church, Sect 5. The prayers in Christian Science churches shall be offered for the congregations collectively and exclusively.” That tells me that Mrs. Eddy knew that Christian Scientists have a challenging road to travel and we need each other’s loving support along the way. And we need to come together at church to “collectively and exclusively” support, comfort, and express love for and to each other. Each student of Christian Science is an indispensable component in realizing our calling and fulfilling our duty as a true Church of Healers.
Jan Gutteter as recorded by Judy Piercy

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Christian Science healed my infant son of constipation

HEALING TESTIMONY No. 4

Christian Science healed my infant son of constipation
I had experiences with my little boy when he was just a few months old he wasn’t having bowel movements. This went on for a number of weeks, at least eight weeks. Yet he was smiling, he was nursing, he was completely normal in every way. He never cried. He slept through the night. But fear was beginning to enter in there, because people think children are being mistreated if they aren’t under medical care. I was studying different areas in the Science and Health, and would just open it up to different pages. I wish I could remember what it was that I read because it was something so clear to me that, there again, I was just at peace. And the next time I changed his diaper, “bing!” (We laughed.)
Judy: That is a wonderful testimony to the healing Spirit and the living Principle of Life, Truth and Love, ridding you of all fear so you were able to hold to God’s truth of the perfection of your child, His child.
Jan: Well, I had the advantage of being an at-home mom at that time. I’m not saying that’s why but at least I had the opportunity to meet this condition through what I believe. Because I really believe that God is the greatest power. And my husband, a Christian Scientist, left it to me [to work through and meet the error for our child]. He had complete confidence in God and me.
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Christian Science healed my extreme leg pain and disfunction.

Christian Science healed my extreme leg pain and disfunction.
During [Christian Science church services] on Sunday, I teach Daniel in our Sunday School. 0f course it’s very important to me to be there to teach him.
Two nights before a particular Sunday, I woke up in the middle of the night and my legs were pressed together so tight and uncomfortable that when I went to pull them apart it was a searing burning experience, like they were glued. And I thought, I am not going to acknowledge this. God is the law of my true being. I don’t have to acknowledge this. So I didn’t get out of bed. I didn’t look at my legs. I wasn’t going to give it any life whatsoever because. That’s all! In the morning I woke up and there was no evidence of a problem whatsoever and I even went outside and did some work that day which was a Saturday. Sunday School was a joy.
You know, some of these things are really hard to even relate because my heart is so full of gratitude and I know for the law of God’s goodness it isn’t real; it seems so unreal. And you [a practicing student of Christian Science and follower of discover Mary Baker Eddy’s teachings] know that it’s not real but it seems to be going on, you get a little bit of the idea of what it must have been like for Jesus.
Judy: And Mary Baker Eddy. She had many seemingly physical ailments to overcome.
Jan: Oh, yes, even as a child. And, I often wonder how she could be the author of a [text]book like that [ Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,] when she herself was having difficulties [ yet the writing inspiration would be there, day after day]. She was a marvelous [spiritual] thinker.
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Christian Science healed my painful feet.

Christian Science healed my painful feet.
Jan: [Conducting the principal part of Christian Science Sunday services and Wednesday meetings is a Reader(s) job. Wednesday spiritual meetings include singing of hymns, readings from the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, and testimonies of healings or comments on Christian Science from the congregation. One Wednesday meeting, the Reader recited a verse from hymn No. 57 of the Christian Science Hymnal.] When he read it from the [podium] desk, I had been glued to my bench because I wasn’t going to get up to give another [healing] testimony because I’d already given testimony and I (laughingly) thought, this is overdoing it a little.
But when he read the last verse:
“Naught shall affright us, on Thy goodness leaning;
Low in the heart faith singeth still her song;
Chastened and blessed we learn life’s deeper meaning,
Thus in our meekness Thou dost make us strong.
But that [hymnal verse] just hit me like, my gosh, I’d better get up! It was almost like I was being pushed!
I thought, I am strong because God has made me that way. I was meek enough to put God first rather than looking for a healing or release from pain. I was looking to see Him as the only power. And considering I was at one moment to be in agony and next everything was just at peace.
[Prior to this healing of my seemingly deformed feet] Every day I had been keeping in thought the 91st Psalm. In there it says, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.91:1 ..… For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.91:11” I just knew I was safe.
Judy: It just proves that the material body is not material but spiritual.
Jan: Yes, because any of these experiences are growing experiences. You know you are, uh, what should I say, uh, your faith gets tested. Not because God tests but because maybe, maybe, something is going on in your life or your thinking is needing to be recognized. If you don’t recognize it, you aren’t going to be doing too much about it.
It seems like I have a need to learn right now because of the challenges that have come up, one right after the other.
[In handling the fear of an illusion of deformed feet] I think for the very first time I got a real glimmer of the fact that we can of our own self do nothing. You know it’s all God working through us. If it wasn’t for us, He couldn’t be God. And if it weren’t for God, we couldn’t be us. He’s the “I,” we are the “AM.” And I had never thought of it in that way before.
Judy: Thank you for sharing that. I’ve never thought of “I AM” in that way before either.
Jan: Well, in the morning I woke up earlier than usual. I was in pain, which seemed to be in my feet. I sat up in bed and when I went to put my feet down, I looked down because it was like, how can I use them? They were all twisted out of shape. It was really grotesque. I didn’t have anything to hold onto in the bedroom and I had to get to the toilet. It was such a belief of suffering it was hard to be coherent or think clearly. But I guess that I had enough wits about me that I somehow used the side of my heel and I managed to stumble my way into the bathroom. I just stood there and I couldn’t even move to sit down on the toilet. I was standing in front of the sink. I don’t think that I’ve ever experienced something quite [like it]. It could have been so frightening.
As I stood there in absolute agony I was led to turn to the great heart of Love – My thought was -God, I know you love me and I love you – there is no fear in Love. The response to this was that within a few minutes the pain completely left, I was able to do what I came to the bathroom to do. I did not have to look at my feet to know I was completely free. I walked normally back to the bedroom, went to bed and slept peacefully. In the morning I went about my normal activities and when I happened to look down- my feet were in their usual shape.
And all of a sudden I thought, God is the only power, work out from God. It was like I reached out to the great heart of Love. And it disappeared just like that – the pain. And I thought, I could not have of my own self done that. I just couldn’t!
I actually thought I’m getting opportunities, and that’s why I refer to it as opportunities to grow. I know (laughing) I had been getting a little apathetic [with regard to my taking God and the Christ Science a bit for granted]. And I was so grateful. I did get back to bed and I had no fear of any return or any trouble. I went sound asleep. I woke up at a more manageable hour, shall we say, and I was ready for the day. I’ll have to admit that I was more sore than I normally would have been, but I was able to do the tasks that I needed to do.
And that’s what I’ve been claiming since Bert [my husband] passed on. My every need has been met, and I have been so totally grateful. And I say, Thank You, every day. But this [mortal experience, mortal illusion, of deformed feet being so quickly healed] was a Wow!

SH 243:32 Inasmuch as God is good and the fount of all being, He does not produce moral or physical deformity; therefore such deformity is not real, but is illusion, the mirage of error. Divine Science reveals these grand facts. On their basis Jesus demonstrated Life, never fearing nor obeying error in any form.

From Concord Express – A Christian Science Study Resource: The King James Version of the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s published writings
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