Monday, July 26, 2010
Cartoon from the Christian Science MyBible Lesson 8/1/2010
Divine Love leads us beside the "still waters". Sheep don't like to drink in "troubled waters" and shepherds know to lead them to still waters. Be still and listen to Divine Love's guidance....
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
If only we could follow this wonderful poem's promise, the world would truly reflect God's plan for all mankind.
Today's challenge is clear. Practice, Practice, Practice.....
TEACH ME TO LOVE
There was a time when in my daily prayer
I asked for all the things I deemed most fair,
And necessary to my life – success,
Riches, of course, and ease, and happiness;
A host of friends, a home without alloy;
A primrose path of luxury and joy,
Social distinction, and enough of fame
To leave behind a well-remembered name.
Ambition ruled my life. I longed to do
Great things, that all my little world might view
And whisper, “Wonderful!”
Ah, patient God,
How blind we are, until Thy shepherd’s rod
Of tender chastening gently leads us on
To better things! …
Today I have but one
Petition, Lord – Teach me to love.
Indeed It is my greatest and my only need –
Teach me to love,
not those who first love me,
But all the world, with that rare purity
Of broad outreaching thought which
Bears no trace
Of earthly taint, but holds in its embrace
Humanity, and only seems to see
The good in all, reflected Lord from Thee.
And teach me, Father, how to love the most
Those who most stand in need of love-
That host of people who are sick and poor and bad,
Whose tired faces show their lives are sad,
Who toil along the road with footsteps slow,
And hearts more heavy than the world can know-
People whom others pass discreetly by,
Or fail to hear the pleading of that cry
For help, amid the tumult of the crowd;
Whose very anguish makes them cold and proud,
Resentful, bitter in their grief-
I want to bring them comfort and relief,
To put my hand in theirs, and at their side
Walk softly on, a faithful, fearless guide.
O Saviour, thou the Christ, Truth, ever near,
Help me to feel these sad ones doubly dear
Because they need so much! Help me to seek
And find that which they thought was lost; to speak
Such words of cheer that as we pass along
The wilderness shall blossom into song.
Ah, Love divine, how empty was that prayer
Of other days! That which was once so fair-
Those flimsy baubles that the world calls joys
Are nothing to me now but broken toys.
Outlived, outgrown. I thank Thee that I know
Those much desired dreams of long ago,
Like butterflies, have had their summer’s day
Of brief enchantment and have gone. I
Pray for better things
Thou knowest, God above,
My one desire now - Teach me to love.
(Reprinted from the Christian Science Journal of October 1908)
This is an old but timeless poem... a worthy guide that I will earnestly try to practice.......
We can pray for the coming of the time when our worth is based on how well we follow the guidance in this lovely poem.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
How easy it is to take on the name of Christian but not follow with a Christlike life.
Am I changing colors to "fit in" like the chameleon? Do I put on a show for the benefit of others but fail to live the life of Love and Soul, imaging forth the Godliness that is my heritage? Am I ashamed to be different and to set the pace for others... and myself? Are my statements of faith and understanding, and my stated deeply held convictions different than what I actually demonstrate in daily life?
A good friend once described his definition of integrity as "The coincidence between what we SEEM to be on the outside, and what we REALLY ARE on the inside.
Today I will strive earnestly to live the life that I proclaim to live, reflect the values that I hold dearly and be a genuine follower of the example that Christ Jesus set.