Jesus thinks of himself directly as the Son of Man, living and moving in heaven, completeness. This should remove all doubt from an impartial reader that the preexistence of the Christ was his preexistence as the Son of Man. That the real man existed from eternity in God is the truth that he grasped, and to which he gave concrete intellectual form.
May 20, 2015
In Preparation for the Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors of The Mother Church has invited us to again study Mrs. Eddy’s article “Choose Ye” from The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany. “Choose Ye” is included in Prose Works, and I also included a pdf of this specific article on our Wednesday Readings page.
Between now and the Annual Meeting (June 8th), our Wednesday services will be considering this topic of “Choose Ye,” beginning with this Wednesday’s topic, “Choose Ye: Irritation or Inspiration,” alternately titled “Choose Ye: Strife or Persistent Patient Prayer.”
(I think my current study of the Book of Job is affecting my title choices. Thomas Edison’s quote about invention or genius being 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration sums up Job’s forty chapters of arguments for me!)
Much of the story of Isaac will seem familiar to you. A few months ago our readings included the Bible story of Isaac’s father Abraham who told Abimelech that Sarah (Abraham’s wife) was his sister. Abraham’s prayers resulted in a healing of barrenness for both Abimelech’s family and Abraham’s family. (Genesis 20-21) There was also a struggle over the same wells, but look at how Isaac’s persistent digging blessed both nations during a famine.
Here’s the names/meanings for those four wells:
Esek – Strife
Sitnah – Hatred
Rehoboth – Room
Shebah – Oath
“To be patient is to love without irritation. As we endeavor to better express love, love grows. So it is with patience.” (from “Expanding our patience,” a 1980 Sentinel article which is linked on the readings page.)
May 13, 2015
May 6, 2015
This week’s topic was selected before the birth of England’s Princess Charlotte, but it does make a timely subject — especially with Mother’s Day approaching!
Comments from a reader – Thought provoking notes you sent …
Just off the cuff from reading your email – get the sense that “compass” a man could possibly give the sense of “having their back.”
Most men are strong, powerful, surging forth in their world meeting challenges on a daily basis.
Of course now women do the same.
But most men don’t have that “soft” side – the motherly, comforting side women provide which to me is one reason men seek/need women in their lives to “soften” their day, comfort their hearts, soothe their mind (thoughts/concerns) and bodies.
This is just me off the cuff from what I read below.
Definitions for “compass” on the internet use words such as: An instrument determining direction; Moderate bounds; Something about direction
Maybe that is some of what of women do for men – help them focus, feel nurtured while they are fighting daily battles in their work environment. But what I get is that it has a lot to do with nurturing and comforting.
Thanks for the notes about tonight’s readings.
Comments from another reader –
Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household: for he is such a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him.
for he is such a son of Belial, LOL I know what that meant. Ha ha!
Other good choices regarding coincidence:
Whatever holds human thought in line with unselfed love, receives directly the divine power.
Reviewing this brief experience, I cannot fail to discern the coincidence of the spiritual idea of man with the divine Mind.
The woman in the Apocalypse symbolizes generic man, the spiritual idea of God; she illustrates the coincidence of God and man as the divine Principle and divine idea.
Very good! Thank you. Enjoyed your reading selections!