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Ken Cooper’s “POETIC POSTLUDE” shares Bible EXAMPLES of how casting our care on casting our care on our heavenly Preserver gives us the whole of His kingdom.
from the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on “God the Preserver of Man”
for Sunday, June 12, 2022

  • Ken’s YouTube poem “TRUST GOD” is a simple invitation to do exactly that, – & find abundant blessings!
  • The poem “HERE AM I”  is the story of the 5 loaves & 2 fishes (not as in this lesson the 7 loaves…)
  • In the monologue “Help thou mine unbelief” … we have a story that we all at some point may have felt, – a yearning to believe, yet overcome with … simply the disbelief that a healing is ever possible.

[Ken writes:] “The Annual Meeting theme starts One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; …” (SH p. 340:23 (only, to ;)). It could also be read as “One infinite God, good, preserves men and nations”.  One beautiful fact about the infinity of God is that there is nothing from which we need protection, for “All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all” (SH 468:10-11). God is not so much a Protector therefore as a Preserver, for what God is remains constant. That God is Life is what sustains man, for man is ever witness to what God is. The Golden Text “Cast all your cares upon the Lord thy God and He will give you all the strength you ever need.” (Psalm 55:22 (to :), combined translations) is self-fulfilling, for when we turn to God we turn away from false fears and see everything God sees and provides. How can we fear when God is All?  “Do not be afraid and anxious, my dear little flock, for it is your Father’s great joy to give you the whole of His kingdom.” (Responsive Reading, Luke 12:32 (combined translations). The whole of God’s kingdom is infinite abundant goodness and is ours to claim and prove. It is Christian Science in action.

The first section requires us to trust, and my poem “TRUST GOD” is a simple invitation to do exactly that, – and find abundant blessings! It makes me think about leaning against a wall, for if one is close to the wall, and leaning thereon, very little commitment is required, but the further away the wall the greater will be the weight placed, and the more trust required! How willing are we to really trust God? The last citation of the lesson (cit. S32, vii 1-2) states “To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings” Section 1 contains the classic words from Proverbs: Trust in, fully lean on, and rely confidently, on the Lord with all your heart and mind,  And do not rely on your own insight or limited understanding. In everything you do listen for God’s guiding voice, be close with Him, and He will make your paths straight and smooth, removing any obstacles that may block your way.” The more we lean of God, the more we lea[r]n of God, the more we drop mortal thought, and see what God is and we are.

The poem “HERE AM I”  is the story of the five loaves and two fishes (not as in this lesson the seven loaves and four thousand – Section 4, – two separate “miracles” as Jesus made clear ) as seen from the perspective of the young boy involved. The young boy reports to his parents all that he saw, and what Jesus said to him, “That there can be no limitations, only the abundance of good; to believe what I had just seen and to make my life as bountiful as the loaves and fishes!” The boy had returned with the original loaves and fishes, but far more importantly, he had recognised what he could give. His final words “Here am I” can be said by everyone of us, as we play our unique and invaluable part in unifying men and nations.

The understanding of God’s infinite power was expressed by Moses, Elisha, but above all by Jesus. He knew that God is the how. In the monologue “Help thou mine unbelief” , which takes place immediately after the transfiguration, we have a story that we all at some point may have felt, – a yearning to believe, yet overcome with the chronic nature of some disease / situation, or simply the disbelief that a healing is ever possible. In this monologue, the father of a boy, so often overcome by a spirit of evil, has lost his faith, but manages to find it again through Jesus. His mental turmoil is transformed by the compassion of the Saviour, whose gentle touch beautifully transforms his parent thought. He lets go false responsibility. The tender touch of Jesus is given with such authority that when all seems lost, he remains calm, “because I know that he (Jesus) is in control”.

Love is always in control. (See Kerry’s CedarS Camps Metaphysical application for Section 5 that shows God’s control when she travels to be with her son after an emergency call) Jesus showed the importance of handling the parent’s thought. He helped turn the father’s unbelief into understanding and he sees his boy completely healed, – all the scars of the past eradicated in the demonstration of present perfection and joy. The scars had to go because they have no history. Complete healing is knowing there is nothing needs healing. There is nothing outside present perfection which is preserved for eternity. Neither is there relapse or memory for what never happened. DIVINE LOVE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE, AND WE ARE ITS INFINITE ETERNAL MANIFESTATION.

THE INFINITY OF GOD IS OUR CONSTANT PRESERVATION.”

[Ken:] Copies of my poems are available in pdf format in color and B&W as DOWNLOADS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE ONLINE VERSION OF THIS POETIC POSTLUDE to this week’s Bible Lesson.  The full range of Ken’s videos on YouTube can be found on KenGCooperPoetry.  All Ken’s poetry and other writings can be found on Ken Cooper Poetry.

I have also attached a copy of my combined translations for those who may be interested. They have been collated over several years from BibleGateway translations, taking the best from the many translations provided, and seeking further inspiration from Christian Science in their compilation. They cover over a thousand Bible verses, taken from both the BibleGateway verses for the day, and from the Weekly lessons. Reading all verses from any one book is insightful and motivating. Shared with love.

Write to Ken on kengcooper@btinternet.com.

 

 

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