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Loving Jesus

With the Easter season upon us, as a Christian Scientist I have been giving extra thought to why I love Jesus.

And with that in mind, I’d like to share here, for my readers, this thoughtful piece by a colleague of mine – Tim Mitchinson from Naperville, Illinois – who expressed it so well, sharing how he has found his love for Jesus to be very practical.

Writing in the Peoria Journal Star, he says succinctly – and knowing Tim,  sincerely – “I love Jesus.

Tim Mitchinson (Photo courtesy of Tim Mitchinson)

He continues, “…I stand in wonderment of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection as actual events that have great meaning for all of us today.”

He shares how he has found meaning from this in personal growth and in service,  becoming more forgiving, with healing bringing a return to health.

His last paragraph summarizes it all very nicely, and his article is a wonderful “read” at this Easter season, which I heartily recommend.

Click the title to read this article: Loving Jesus

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Christian Scientists gather in Boston at denomination’s annual meeting; ponder the relevance of church

By:  Richard Evans, Manager, Christian Science Committees on Publication

Boston, MA — When Christian Scientists convened in Boston, Massachusetts, Monday, June 6, for the annual meeting of their denomination, they faced a question that many mainline Christian churches also confront: can church be relevant today?

CS church edifice with attribution

Their perspective on this question—as on just about everything else—runs counter to the popular narrative. “There’s a universal hunger for the heartfelt experience of God’s saving power,” said Margaret Rogers, chairwoman of the five-member lay board of directors of the Church of Christ, Scientist, which has its worldwide headquarters in Boston. “The demand,” she said, is for a church “that is vibrant with unselfed love and actively engaged in authentic Christian healing for humanity.”

For most Christian Scientists, this doesn’t seem to mean better outreach or new ministries and programs. It means drilling down on the thing they feel they bring to the world: spiritual healing, based on the teachings of Christ Jesus, that is expected to be both humane in spirit and effective in results. “We pray,” explained another director, Allison W. Phinney, “because prayer aligns us with how things really work. It lets us see and feel more of the immense good and the divine Love that’s actually here for us and for humanity.”

Founded 137 years ago by religious leader Mary Baker Eddy, the Christian Science Church is a Christian denomination based on the Bible. While relatively small in numbers, the denomination has branch churches in more than 60 countries and has had an outsized impact on Christian thought by its insistence that God’s goodness brings not only salvation from sin, but healing of illness and suffering.

The group’s diversity is seen among some of the new officers announced at the meeting. The new church president is Annu Matthai of Bangalore, India. The new First Reader—who conducts Sunday worship and Wednesday testimony meetings at The Mother Church in Boston—is Louis E. Benjamin of Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The new Second Reader is Diane Uttley Marrapodi of Forest Hill, Maryland, USA. Many church members travelled to Boston for Monday’s proceedings, while more followed the meetings live online.

The theme of this year’s meeting—“Church: ‘healing and saving the world’”—comes from Mary Baker Eddy’s view that Christ Jesus’ original Christianity has deep relevance for the world and its future, and that church must be a practical force for good in daily lives, bringing hope and spiritual progress for humanity. One small symbol of this is the planned renewal of the Christian Science plaza in Boston’s Back Bay. The outdoor spaces surrounding The Mother Church will be updated to better benefit the community as an environmentally sustainable oasis in the midst of the city. A longer-term commitment of the denomination has been publication of The Christian Science Monitor, an international news outlet providing daily and weekly news, online and in print—news that is intended to bring light, rather than heat, to the important issues of the day.

Members at the meeting reported on activities in their regions, as well as provided examples of healing from around the world.

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Health effects of spirituality: placebo effect?

Wendy Margolese (Picture courtesy of Wendy Margolese)
Wendy Margolese (Picture courtesy of Wendy Margolese)

“No placebo effect going on there.”

Much attention has been given to the placebo effect. The placebo effect shows that what we believe – what we think – matters when it comes to health.

Some wonder if the positive effects on health of spirituality are simply a variant of the placebo effect. Wendy Margolese, Health Blogger in Ontario, Canada, takes up this question in a recent article in York Media.

Here’s an excerpt:

“One of my favorite Biblical accounts of Jesus’ approach to healing is the story of a man who, for thirty-some years, sat by a pool waiting for a stirring of the water – as this was believed to be done by an angel and thus have healing power. Is this not similar to the belief of health associated with a sugar pill?  Jesus did not sugarcoat his words when he commanded the man to take up his bed and go home – back to an active and productive life.  The man was healed immediately and gladly complied. And, he did not even expect to be healed by this passing stranger – no placebo effect going on there.”

In an honest assessment, Margolese acknowledges our need to “better understand the role spirituality, prayer and religious practices have on a person’s health.”

Read her article here: Are positive health impacts of spirituality simply a placebo effect?

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IN THE NEWS: Cultural Change in Health Care

Here are three articles in the news this month that indicate a growing cultural change in the use of drugs for health.

(1) Heart Drugs: Too Many Medication Types Are Compromising Health, Doctors Say

From Reuters, by Debra Sherman, posted on HuffingtonPost.com, March 13, 2013
Excerpts:

    • “We are eager to add medicines and reluctant to take them away,” said Krumholz, who heads the Yale-New Haven Hospital Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation and is a frequent critic of how drugs are sold and used. “So people accrue medications over time.”
    • Dr. Robert Harrington, a cardiologist at the Stanford School of Medicine, said…”There’s got to be a way to start peeling away, and maybe it’s over a period of time, or as the clinical status changes.”

(2) New Prescription for Better Health Care: Less Is More

Special from Next Avenue by Gary Drevitch, HuffingtonPost.com, March 13, 2013
Excerpts:

  • When it comes to medical care, “less is sometimes better,” Wolfson says.
  • “This is all about cultural change,” Wolfson says. “We want patients to go from asking, ‘Why don’t you do that test?’ to ‘Why did you do that test?’

(3) Painkillers and healing

A Perspective on health: “On the trail of relief from sinusitis”
By Tony Lobl, Christian Science Monitor (CSMonitor.com), March 4, 2013
Excerpts:

  • Since that time, my first choice of medication has been to strive to be more aware of, and express, that unbounded spiritual consciousness – that divine Mind – which spirituality and health pioneer Mary Baker Eddy described as the infinite intelligence behind Jesus’ [healings].
  • Such an approach to health is no guarantee of a problem-free life. But it comes with spiritual “health benefits,” with no adverse side effects.
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Watching what we’re watching for health’s sake

(Photo: © Glow Images, Models are used for illustrative purposes.)

The recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut pulls at the heartstrings of all of us. We long to know that everyone involved will soon find some measure of comfort and peace.

As we search for answers to why the tragedy unfolded in the first place and to how to help children who are suffering trauma recover, many have offered helpful ideas. One idea struck me as not only of benefit in dealing with trauma but also useful for preventing the illnesses that can accompany stress and emotional duress.

In a recent opinion piece¹ in Heritage-Media West newspapers, Smita Nagpal, a licensed psychologist and licensed professional counselor, advised, “Limit exposure to TV images and news coverage. The graphic images and repetitive scenes can be disturbing for children.” “Talk honestly about the incident, without graphic detail…”

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Spiritual evidence-based healing

Andew Weil, M.D. courtesy of greenlagirl

Andrew Weil, M.D., in “Why Our Health Matters” (page 43) writes, “Many doctors have told me about cases of spontaneous healing that they have witnessed in patients, some correlated with mental or emotional changes“.

So, how can we account for experiences like that? Or how can we explain healing accomplished in Christian Science through spiritual means alone?

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Thoughts on Memorial Day

The USS Arizona Memorial by wallyg

It really was very moving.

A number of years ago my wife and I had the opportunity to visit the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. It sits atop one of the ships (the USS Arizona) sunk on December 7, 1941. It was a sobering reminder of the scale of sacrifice that occurred that day.

The observance was quiet, respectful and heart-felt. This experience increased my respect and appreciation for all who have selflessly served to protect this nation and preserve our freedoms.

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White as a ghost

Ghost from Elizabeth Thomsen

I was about 11 years old. I froze in my tracks and listened.

My folks were having a new house built just around the corner from where we lived and that night I was the one who went over to make sure it was all locked up for the night. While inside checking windows and doors I heard footsteps. The interior walls weren’t done yet and those footsteps echoed loudly throughout the darkened house.

As I listened – more footsteps! I got out of there and ran home as fast as I could.

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Easter’s blessing every day

by Callmetim

One of the Easter hymns in my church says, “Let us sing of Easter gladness that rejoices every day…”¹

Jesus’ resurrection has meaning for us every day. It shows us, among other things, that the real essence of our being is spiritual. And this leads to more health and happiness.

It’s clear that Jesus’ resurrection showed us that true life is eternal. But a material mortal has a material birth, a temporary material life and a material death. So what kind of being has eternal life? Not a material being. So if our true life is eternal, our true being is spiritual. The resurrection reveals that we’re really eternal, spiritual beings.

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Of Jesus and his love

Crucifixion (Louvre in Paris) by wallyg

“I love to tell the story
Of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and his glory,
Of Jesus and his love,…”¹

… says the well-known Christian hymn that is used across denominational lines.

So please read on, and behold Jesus’ love!

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