Be a witness to God’s man. Look for that evidence, both where you expect to find it and where you don’t.
Creation is infinitely complete and expresses only the qualities of God its Creator, qualities such as perfection, peace, permanence, intelligence, power, science, substance, joy, freedom, health, holiness, happiness and goodness which permeate the entire fabric of being and are reflected by man and the universe.Read More
I have seen a positive change in my study of the weekly Bible Lessons. The work has become significantly richer, deeper and more meaningful. Each study session now seems less repetitive, less “work”, more original and far more joyful. A welcomed change.Read More
I do sooner head for the mountain view when confronted with problems. I am grateful for more dominion and less fear. I am catching myself before I let situations take away my peace or cause an angry reaction.Read More
Some of the verbs and verb phrases that Mrs. Eddy uses to express God’s spiritual creation within the chapter are: expands, sprang, takes off, advancing, rises, emanating, forever developing, broadening, improve, breaking away, gained.Read More
I have found it useful lately, especially when discussing Science with those who are unfamiliar, to pair the idea of creation with others such as the universe and a sense of everything that is. This tends to broaden thought and conversation beyond what appears immediately before the mortal senses and leads naturally to the idea that the truth of creation is found nowhere in matter - and so must be sought elsewhere.Read More
“The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea, — perfect God and perfect man, — as the basis of thought and demonstration.” (p. 259)
I’ve always valued how this citation helps get me back to basics, how to start praying.
I want to take off any shackles, I want to "rise spontaneously, even as light emits light without effort." (p. 262) And I want to see and acknowledge that "Eternal Truth is changing the universe." (p. 255)Read More
He had extra copies of Science and Health, by Mrs. Eddy, marble edition, so he gave me one—It was my first copy! He didn't tell me how to read it and I didn’t start at the beginning or the chapter on Prayer. I would open Science and Health at random and read specific sections or sentences.Read More
How do I think correctly or spiritually about people who haven’t asked me to pray for them or for events that seem to be out of my control? One answer comes from the “Creation” chapter. It explains that God “corrects error with truth” pg. 259.Read More
I think of this chapter “Creation” as a revelation of Revelation, expression of Expression that has come the only way it could come--through pure self-effacement. The mental swaddling clothes -- self-consciousness, fear, trust in matter--aren’t here.Read More
The importance of knowing that there is only one creator and one creation in my life revolves not around a particular day or healing. It is a daily understanding of where my thought should be. In storm or shine we have only one life. We truly do live in heaven right now – untouched by the clamoring of mortal thoughts. As we surrender our sense of a personal self (with all the problems that a belief in mortal existence brings), we can be calm in the face of the storm. We can feel the Life, Truth and Love that is always present. So rather than point to a particular day or a particular healing (which is important), the ongoing ever-present sense of where we truly live is what the chapter of creation emphasizes to me. We are always at home with God.
The Christian Science Association of the students of Allison W. Phinney, Jr., C.S.B.
Responses to assignment
Association office visits
Being together in a new way
A member reaches out to help
Building better branches
Response to the North Korean crisis
© Phinney Association 2018
Select photography by Elizabeth Adams, Jamieson Scott, Bonnie Dougherty, and illustrations by Kate Williamson