What do spirituality, mathematics and God’s love have to do with healing?
This isn’t the easiest subject to talk about, but here’s something that got my attention recently and I hope it gets yours: Michigan is ranked 37th in the U.S. in terms of its infant mortality rate. Then consider that the U.S. is ranked 33rd in the world. Ouch! In the 1960’s the U.S. was ranked 19th in the world in infant mortality and then-President Lyndon Johnson called this appalling.
Of course, this isn’t about performing better than other states or other countries. It’s about doing better and better until a rate of zero is achieved. It’s about saving lives.
Christian Science has taught me that God loves everyone, and His will for all children, for new and expectant mothers – indeed, for all of us – is always good, always health and life.
Look at this comforting Scripture from Isaiah that conveys God’s mothering love:
“Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the Lord” (66:9)
“As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you” (66:13)
“…he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” (40:11)
The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that in the U.S. 88% believe in God, 82% believe religion is important in one’s life, and 75% pray at least once a week, but only 39% attend a religious service at least once a week.
I’ve been asking myself, “is church relevant to me?” The answer is yes. So this leads to the more important question, “how is church relevant to me?”
“What the world needs now is love sweet love,
no not just for some but for everyone.”
These words, from a song with lyrics by Hal David, set to music composed by Burt Bacharach, and originally recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1965, are so very timely.
“The poor suffering heart needs its rightful nutriment, such as peace, patience in tribulation, and a priceless sense of the dear Father’s loving-kindness.” writes Mary Baker Eddy, Founder of Christian Science (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, page 365).
Years ago, while working for Consumers Power Company (now part of CMS Energy) in Jackson, Michigan, I had the opportunity to tour one of their operational nuclear power plants. We had to pass through Geiger counters on the way in and out. If you measured having radiation beforehand you couldn’t go in and if you measured having radiation coming out you presumably had to go through a wash-down process. This really drove home the point that the activity in this place was serious in nature.
The news coming out of Japan about the hardships from the earthquake and tsunami and the struggles to get the nuclear plants under control pulls at our heart-strings. I read one report that said the aftershocks are so frequent that they can’t sleep at night.
Thankfully, much help is on its way, but right now, more than anything else, what they need is to feel God’s love.
God’s great love will quell any tsunami’s of fear, comfort the heart-broken, strengthen the weak, inspire the distressed, and guide all into wise, timely, helpful actions, supplying safety and needed provision.
The song says that love is the thing that there’s just too little of, implying that we need to love more (and we do), but God’s love is enough to go around. God’s love is boundless. There’s never too little. The Bible shares God’s assurances to us where He says, “My grace is sufficient for you” (RSV 2 Corinthians 12:9) and “…Yea, I have loved you with an everlasting love…” (RSV Jeremiah 31:3).
And as the song says, “no not just for some but for everyone“. We can all feel God’s great love for us.
Truly, “what the world needs now“ is “a priceless sense of the dear Father’s loving-kindness”. And, oh, may we feel it!
The short answer is…. plenty!
So, how was weight loss accomplished through prayer ?
Healing in Christian Science is not faith healing through the human mind or a blind faith. It’s not New Age thinking or positive thinking. It’s not visualization, seeing yourself the way you want to be.
It’s seeing yourself as God sees you, as God made you.
We’re having fun now. Stairs can be fun. Better behavior is better. And a change of motivation or thought can lead to better behavior. But can a change of thought really lead to better health? Is it possible to experience weight loss and better health through prayer?
In the video below entitled, “Are you ready to flourish?”, Evan Mehlenbacher, a Christian Science practitioner, teacher and public lecturer, shares how he experienced significant weight loss via prayer.
This talk was filmed at the Church Alive Summit in Pasadena, California in January 2011. View the video below for the last 7 minutes of the talk, starting with the experience of weight loss through prayer. The full video is a little over 22 minutes and is worth watching because Evan shares a development of ideas that helps us better understand how it happened. There is a link at the end of this blog post to view the entire talk. So, things? Or thoughts?
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Video courtesy of The Christian Science Board of Lectureship.
I was sitting in the back by the door. After the meeting, and after many there had left, as two Michigan House Health Policy Committee members were walking out of the room one suggested that they take the stairs and the other concurred.
In the committee meeting, Meghan Swain of the Michigan Association for Local Public Health shared that childhood obesity has tripled in the state and adult obesity has doubled. A member of the committee shared that some of the members of the committee are now encouraging one another to take the stairs instead of the elevator.
The point was made that it’s not enough to talk about the importance of these things as they work to improve health in the state, but that they need to do something.
We were discussing the federal health care law and how, as it currently stands, come 2014 all Americans will either have to have purchased health care insurance or pay a financial penalty. The one asking the question, like me, is a Christian Scientist. I generally choose spiritual care in Christian Science because through the years I have found it to be effective, and I could tell from their question that they do too.
Here’s the question that they asked: “if we purchased the required insurance for medical care coverage, would we have to use it?”
In my last blog post I discussed how metrics need to fit the thing being measured and how a one-metric-fits-all or one-metric-says-it-all approach can be misleading.
I attended the organizational meeting of the Health Policy Committee in the Michigan House of Representatives last Thursday and had the privilege of speaking with a number of committee members afterwards. Chairman Gail Haines of Waterford really has a good group on this committee. They bring together a very broad and diverse set of backgrounds in the area of health policy and they clearly have a passion for making improvements in our state in this area. I think that they will work well together and listen to a broad range of points of view as they do some good things in our state.
I’ve been hearing from folks about the new movie, “The King’s Speech”, which came out late last month. It has been nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards. Tom Long of The Detroit News described “The King’s Speech” as “entertaining, funny, touching and smart” and called it “the best film of 2010”. According to the movie review in The Detroit Free Press entitled, “Royally enthralling” by Roger Moore of the Orlando Sentinel, “’The King’s Speech’ tells the moving story of a monarch’s stammer and the man who helped him conquer it.”
The man who helped him conquer it was Lionel Logue. Logue is usually referred to as a speech therapist. He apparently was a Christian Scientist for a while, and then became interested in Spiritualism after the death of his wife. It should be noted here that Christian Science and Spiritualism are quite different from one another. Christian Science does not include mediumship or communication between the dead and the living but rather a close and inseparable connection between God and man. Logue’s approach as portrayed in the movie is not the method of healing practiced in Christian Science, although his knowledge of Christian Science may very well have helped him aid the king with his speech.