Christian Science, Uncategorized

Strength and Sweetness

Judges 13 King James Version (KJV)
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Strength and Sweetness
From Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Precepts, Vol. 3, by Gilbert Carpenter, page 205 (letter dated Feb. 12, 1895)

 

Judges 13 King James Version (KJV) 13 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord; and the Lord delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.
2 And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not.
3 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.
4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing:
5 For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.
6 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name:
7 But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.
8 Then Manoah intreated the Lord, and said, O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born.
9 And God hearkened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again unto the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah her husband was not with her.
10 And the woman made haste, and ran, and shewed her husband, and said unto him, Behold, the man hath appeared unto me, that came unto me the other day.
11 And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said unto him, Art thou the man that spakest unto the woman? And he said, I am.
12 And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass. How shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto him?
13 And the angel of the Lord said unto Manoah, Of all that I said unto the woman let her beware.
14 She may not eat of any thing that cometh of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing: all that I commanded her let her observe.
15 And Manoah said unto the angel of the Lord, I pray thee, let us detain thee, until we shall have made ready a kid for thee.
16 And the angel of the Lord said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must offer it unto the Lord. For Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the Lord.
17 And Manoah said unto the angel of the Lord, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour?
18 And the angel of the Lord said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?
19 So Manoah took a kid with a meat offering, and offered it upon a rock unto the Lord: and the angel did wonderously; and Manoah and his wife looked on.
20 For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the Lord ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground.
21 But the angel of the Lord did no more appear to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was an angel of the Lord.
22 And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.
23 But his wife said unto him, If the Lord were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have shewed us all these things, nor would as at this time have told us such things as these.
24 And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him.
25 And the Spirit of the Lord began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.

Strength and Sweetness
From Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Precepts, Vol. 3, by Gilbert Carpenter, page 205 (letter dated Feb. 12, 1895)
It is the masculine thought that feels free to run things with justice, and to forget mercy. It fancies that love is a temptation against which it fancies it must harden itself, that it must rule love out of the heart before it can judge righteous judgement.

It is interesting to consider Samson’s riddle as found in Judges 14: 14, where he said, “Out of the strong came forth sweetness.” Christian Science proves that strength and sweetness must go hand in hand. History proves that every so-called great man that has flourished for a time, and finally been dethroned, either lacked sweetness, or else he had it but lost it. When you find a man in authority losing his sweetness, it is inevitable that he will go down. Mrs. Eddy was the Leader because she had both wisdom and love, strength and sweetness, and she never permitted one to be overshadowed by the other. She taught her followers to distrust any individual, or committee, who found it necessary to bury their sweetness before executing justice.

When students learn the Science of reflecting the power, wisdom and justice of God, they must never forget that it is equally important to reflect divine Love. The Master combined these two qualities. He manifested a wisdom that enabled him to overthrow his enemies. What he asserted to them proved that he was motivated by a wisdom that they did not possess; yet he never forgot to manifest divine Love at the same time. The very name given to his doctrine, namely, Christianity, has come to mean a type of spiritual love, to which Mrs. Eddy added the wisdom of Science, so that no one can truly call himself her follower who does not act up to his highest understanding of justice and mercy.

Christian Science, Uncategorized

The Secret.

What is the secret of life, without strife, Corona Virus, human relationship issues or war?

The answer has been revealed time and time again: the attainment of a higher consciousness, call it what you want: Christ Consciousness, or 4th dimension, Enlightenment etc. It is not something new, we have always had it,  it may be illumined   free us from a material sense of life.  But it needs a bit of practice.

This freedom from the material sense is indeed the only Life. If we believe that Life is dependent on a vaccine, a heart, money, muscles or indeed any mental thought, then we remain ignorant. it is only ignorance which can believe that our lives are dependent on the external realm – when in fact, our internal Life is that which governs our external Life. That is the big “I” Mind not little minds.

So how do we find this self complete being “I”? We find it in our oneness of our source. Until we are aware of the “I” in the big sense, the more we will be dominated not only by our own thoughts but by those of others in the believed collective rather than the big “Mind”.

The books are only steps leading us up to those moments when the veil is dropped from the face. In that other consciousness we no longer believe materially, we simply see through the facts which are presented to us.  Where the human mind sees basic fact, the higher calling says “I see through this to beyond”.

Demanding that you are “in” that consciousness by denying disease does not help.  Anything beginning with the smaller mind pointing outwards is no better than asking Mickey Mouse to intercede – the starting point is completely wrong which is where the Prayer has been very misunderstood over the centuries. To be Biblical about it “ye ask amiss” so your prayer remains unanswered.

Sitting for a few moments every day simply taking a Bible verse like “I and my Father are one” and with eyes closed gently waiting for God to be realized is more than enough to change your universe – but don´t wait for a calamity like Corona to come of the scene before you start doing this – do it now as as you begin to enjoy the wonders of the presence of God – everything else falls into place.  One of my favorites are the Hebrew words:

“Mi Kamocha” (who is like You?)

and

Ein Kamocha (There is none like You )

You don´t need to repeat these as a mantra, just contemplate them and do not demand that they heal you – just allow communion to take place – no more words are necessary. In fact these words are just preparation.

Try it.

 

 

Christian Science, Uncategorized

Redemption Songs Hymnal

From my early days in Evangelical Christianity, I always loved religious music and back then one of my favorite hymnals (and still is today) is Redemption Songs. It incorporated the Victorian feeling of joy at the idea of “Jesus” defined as a spirit or Spirit man, entering the human heart and convicting you of your sins, leaving you in a state of mixed emotions, fear, superiority, joy and at times controlled ecstasy. I often wonder how much they knew of Science – clearly nothing by the amount of arguments and politics in these little churches but the songs gave a very clear message that somebody knew something about life changing experiences. Or perhaps just a thing hoped for after death. Continue reading “Redemption Songs Hymnal”

catholic, Christian Science, islam, Uncategorized

This is a Holy Time

As we approach some kind of ending of the last few months, these last days Ive really been realising and hearing the words ‘this is a Holy time”. Where we no longer have a physical  work to keep us distracted from the things important  in Life. We dont need to wait until Christmas to hear or say these words.

Close your eyes today and say “this is a Holy time”.

Reframing those close to you and in your home in this way makes a huge difference.

Kilbirnie / North Ayrshire, Uncategorized

Colvilles Staff Magazine (Glengarnock) section from 1925 – AB Glen Photography

A feature about the photographer AB Glen, the photographer from Kilbirnie/Dalry (please see my other page about his family). Other names included in this issue are:  Taylor, Bray, Davidson, Gibson, McBeth, Hill,  Durney, Breckenridge, Hynd Henderson,  Aiton, Watson.MCKendrick, Reekie, Thorburn, Dumphy, Ferguson, Andrew, Bulloch, McCabe, Higgins, Kelly. Robertson, Downie, McDowall, Geddes. McCallum Barry, Munro, BArclay, McBlane, Knox, Glen, Carlyle, Curran, clelland, purdie, Dickie, Davidson, Clark, whitelaw, hamilton, Menzies , Muir, Robertson, McDonald, Young, Moodie, Kane, Martin, Roberson, Kirkaldy Calderwood and Bray.