Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

We forgive you mommy

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“If you knew the gift of God…” are words imputed to Christ Jesus in the Gospel John. This gift of God is also imputed to us.

God’s gifts are not restricted to that which can be observed and studied, the material reality. God’s gifts are not reducible to only that which can be discovered in the tangible world.

God’s gifts are spiritual truths that inspire, heal, and restore.

the_lords_prayer_childrenA young mother recently said she had a really bad day last week. She was upset and impatient with her children, even putting them to bed without saying prayers. In the dark night, she quieted herself and felt God restore her relationship to Him.

The next morning, she apologized to her children for being upset the day before. Her children looked at her and said, “Oh, we forgive you mommy.”

Congregations still vital

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Despite the ongoing decline in Churches of Christ, Scientist, the rise in people who claim to study Christian Science, but not adhere to a religious organization, should be seen positively, especially by religious people.

To accept this as good news, however, requires listening to what these spiritual seekers are saying, rather than scoff or ignore them as anomalies.

Before dismissing either side, we can first determine why the religious institution turns these Christian Science seekers off.

  • They’ve become wary of the guidance of authorities who restrict intellectual progress to church rituals.
  • They are weary of having their spiritual natures suffocated or denied.
  • They know better than to believe there is only one way to express spirituality, faith, and the search for enlightenment.
  • They are hurt, so much so they are willing to leave what was once a unique infrastructure of American history.

The decline in the church is a wake-up call to leaders willing to listen to this growing number of people. The wariness and weariness of those who have left the church have legitimacy. They can no longer be overlooked.

The religious organization based on Christian Science may have become inflexible, barren, or insular, but giving up on a collection of fallible human beings isn’t the answer either. There is no infallible human being.

vital congregations imageOver the millenniums, people have discovered new ways of expressing their faith that speak to their contemporaries. It takes great effort to cultivate the life of faith and sometimes we work in a bed of thorny roses.

But, we can find ways to advance and live our faith in the presence of others, which is in fact what Christian Science is about.

The history of Christian Science shows it is a spiritual rule that has existed since time began. It is the law of God translating itself to humanity, revealing a spiritual cosmos of harmony.

It is time to stop dismissing one another. The idea behind a vital congregation is still very alive and can be found among the individual students of Christian Science or within a religion willing to keep up with progress.

 

Zen Kitty’s evening muse

posted by Cheryl Petersen

John 20:19

English Standard Version (ESV)

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

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Enjoying piano

posted by Cheryl Petersen

joy of piano book with calvinMom insisted I take piano lessons when I was a kid. I’m glad now, although it was a struggle for me to practice back then. As an adult, it relaxes me to sit down and play. I teach myself harder pieces, but will pull out easier books that I can sight-read, such as The Joy of Piano, arranged music Denes Agay.

Our cat, Calvin, likes when I play piano.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “It is a question, whether the ancient inspired healers understood the Science of spiritual healing, or whether they caught its sweet tones as the natural musician catches the tones of harmony without being able to explain them. Past healers were so divinely animated with the spirit of Science, that the lack of the letter could not impede their work. The letter without the spirit voids the healing practice.”

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