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For almost a year, our washing machine has been making such a loud racket when in operation that I could no longer be in the house when washing clothes.

Sell the house!

Finally, I called Ralph, a repairman. Mainly because buying a new machine would cost a bunch of money. But I don’t like calling repairmen. They tell me they’ll come between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and they show up at 6:30 p.m. when I want to eat dinner. They find really expensive things to fix. They charge for their labor, which they should, but I’m still averse to calling repairman.

Ralph the repairman called me back and said he’d be here at the house between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

He was here at 9:44 a.m.

Good start.

I guided him to the laundry room and he turned on the machine and told me, “Oh yes, that’s the pump.”

Reluctantly, I asked, “How much is a new pump?”

“$85. I have one in the truck and can have it replaced in 15 minutes.”

“Nice. Thank you,” I told him and was thankful to the core.

Ralph showed me the culprits, the pump ruiners. Pieces of plastic twine from the weed-eater. Grrrr.

But I didn’t have to sell the house.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Chaldean Wisemen read in the stars the future. Although no better revelation than the horoscope was seen in the stellar system, earth and heaven were bright. Birds and blossoms are thankful in God’s perennial and happy sunshine, golden with Truth. So we have goodness and beauty to cheer the heart. But left to the hypotheses of mortal perceptions, unexplained by divine Science, we seem to be wandering comets—are as Maya Angelou wrote:

Manless and friendless

No cave my home

This is my torture

My long nights, lone.[1]

What the physical senses tell us often reverses or rearranges the real Science of being. This rearrangement assigns seeming authority to sin, sickness, and death. But the great facts of Life, rightly understood, defeat this triad of errors, contradict their false witnesses, and reveal the power of heaven—the actual authority of harmony on earth.

[1] The Traveler. from “And Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou, copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou. Used by permission of Random House, Inc.

View from our house window

View from our house window

 

Subject: Life

Golden text: I John 1: 1-3

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.

Ezekiel 37: 1-6

The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

From 21st Century Science and Health

If we did not exist before the fleshly organization began, we could not exist after the body is disintegrated. If we live after death and are spiritual, we must have lived before birth, for if Life ever had any beginning, it must also have an ending, even according to the calculations of natural science. Do you believe this? No! Do you understand it? No! This is why you doubt the statement and do not demonstrate the facts it involves.

Question. What is Life?

Answer. Life is divine Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit. Life is without beginning and without end. Eternity, not time, expresses the thought of Life, and time is not a part of eternity. You know Life when you stop knowing time. Time is finite; eternity is forever infinite. Life has nothing to do with boundaries of any kind. Spirit doesn’t know the stuff called matter. Soul includes in itself all substance and is Life eternal. Matter is a human concept or invention. Life is divine Mind. Life is not limited; death and limitation are unknown to Life. If Life ever had a beginning, it would also have an ending.

Mind is not bound by physicality. Mind is not dependent on the fleshly ear and eye for sound or sight. Mind is not contingent on corporeal muscles and bones for movement. To understand incorporeal Mind is to perceive that Mind is infinite. This perception of boundless Mind extends toward Mind-science and toward a perception of our true nature and existence, which does not include material personalities.

We are not the offspring of flesh (nothingness), but of Spirit. Because Life is God, Life must be eternal, self-existent. Life is the everlasting I AM, the Being who was and is and will be; the Being whom nothing can erase.

[1] Ps. 23:4

It’s been a weird month, though it started out fine. My father-in-law died. The death was expected. He lived a long and useful life, leaving behind amazing children and their progeny. My husband and I traveled 6,000 miles to attend the celebration of his life.

When returned home, I was stunned to learn that our neighbor’s son had died. He was in mid-fifties and left behind three teenage children. He has many brothers, two of whom traveled to California, where he died, to take care of arrangements and help the family return to New York for the annual family reunion.

My husband and I traveled 1 mile to attend the celebration of our neighbor’s son. Granted, it was two weeks after his death, and the siblings spent that time healing, but the circumstances were not agreeable to the gut instinct.

Now, this family exhibits an extremely powerful sense of family. They are bonded by a cement of love and integrity. They keep each other in the line of helping themselves and others to be productive.

One of the brothers told me, “My wife and I became grandparents for the first time, this morning.” They truly did not let the death eclipsed the goodness and life and happiness.

Life and death are part of the human existence. The happiness and sadness that can come with life and death can also be reserved, as we know, some births are not happy and some deaths are, therefore, I used this coincidence of life and death as a wakeup call to look for the life of happiness.

My husband asked me later, “Did you notice Jeff’s toenails? They were painted with flowers.”

I can just see his daughters and nieces honing their artistic skills before the celebration of life. What beauty. Happiness is alive.

Quoting “from science & religion to God

“When we look to the flesh for life, we find death. When we look to matter for comfort, we find discomfort. When we look to the physical earth for truth, we find impermanence and confusion. Now, turn away from flesh and earth and look toward Truth and Love, the origin of all happiness, harmony, and immortality.”

Briefer narrative of Mary Baker Eddy's "Science & Health"

Briefer narrative of Mary Baker Eddy’s “Science & Health”

 

This is the winning essay for the July 4 contest sponsored by Annie’s Mailbox:

Happy Birthday America

By Maureen Green

Our strength is not bounded by gender. Define our roles, and we will defy your expectations.

Our opportunity is not bounded by circumstance. Challenge our limits, and we will prevail.

Our freedom is not bounded by laws. Prohibit our liberties, and we will overcome oppression.

Our faith is not bounded by steeples. Demolish our churches, and we will worship in a field.

Our hope is not bounded by Lady Liberty. Destroy her, and we will raise a new beacon of light.

Our charity is not bounded by resources. Apply for our aid, and we will sacrifice for our allies.

Our peace is not bounded by war. Attack our shores, and we will rebuild our enemy’s fallen cities.

Men and women will falter. America will live forever.

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