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Ken Cooper’s “POETIC POSTLUDE” shares poetry inspired by Bible stories in this week’s Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on:

For Sunday, February 11th 2024

The Golden Text indicates that “God has given to each of us the “entirety of His Spirit”, and this is the theme that runs through the poems this week.

  • Click “THE BREATH OF SPIRIT” a shared Christian Science Sentinel This poem accentuates the implications of Spirit being the only possible source of man:

 Hence man was formed by Spirit pure—

The breath of inspiration;

One cannot ask for any more,

This is our sure foundation.

 We belong to God, Spirit, entirely!  There is nothing else to man, nothing more to God! When we listen for the breath of Spirit, we know and feel

In God we have our being;

Each breath of prayer unites us all:

In Spirit is true seeing.

 In Spirit is true understanding, fulfilling the definition of “PROPHET. A spiritual seer; disappearance of material sense before the conscious facts of spiritual Truth.“ (S&H 593:4). In the entirety of all that God is, I do nothing but reflect. There is nothing else going on!

  • Click “LESSONS IN LOVE (SPIRIT) FROM A LOCAL TREE” a poem based on Ephesians 3:17, and referring to citation B2/Isaiah 61:3,-“trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord”). Although I was watching this tree being buffeted by very strong winds, it made me realize how secure it was, and then how secure I was…

Love was there holding the roots of my being,

Enveloping all, and confidence freeing!

And just like the tree that refused to move,

Knew myself rooted and grounded in Love*.

 We are all the “planting of the Lord”, and what God plants is already complete, reflecting the entirety of Spirit, the magnificence of Love..

  • Click “SEED, WHEAT, AND NO CHAFF” a shared Christian Science Sentinel article expands on Jesus’ parable of the sower, (Section 4, B8/Matthew 13). What is sown in good soil is that which God has said, and shows that whatever is sown through the Spirit contains the whole of Spirit, is nurtured by Spirit, and there is nothing else:

 The tender breath of Spirit, which is everywhere, supreme,

Softly takes away all matter—like chaff, an empty dream.

 When we feel the tender breath of Spirit, Love fills all consciousness, and matter, in whatever guise, is nothingness, is simply never present. The entirety of Spirit is confirmed by the presence and understanding of perfection.

 As Jesus said, Oh, just look up, and see the harvest here,

And know in such completeness, perfection must appear.

 The Word of God breathes sweetly, reaches out just like the sun:

You are Mine, beloved daughter and beloved son!

 “Spirit and its formations are the only realities of being” (cit. S18/264:20)

  • Click “THE ROSEBUD” another Christian Science Sentinel shared poem, that links with citation S9/506:18, the unfolding of thoughts.

…..God has

        given me room

To gently unfurl and present

        perfect bloom.

 As with the first poem, the gentleness of Life, Spirit, is a measure of its infinite power, the unfolding of Mind expressed, infinite understanding.

No need for anxiety, for

   His wondrous plan

Is for me to express what

   already I am.

 This is taken up in the next poem, when you know what you are, you see that expression, and prove it, as did Jesus. The entirety and perfection of Spirit is now.

  • Click “HELP THOU MINE UNBELIEF” to hear a monologue by the father of a son inflicted by a false spirit, based on the story in Section 5. [ B12/Luke 9:38-43], taken from the narrative in Mark’s gospel. The father shares his grief and frustrations, the disappointment the disciples could not help, but then the understanding that in Jesus healing would come:

 I look again at Jesus. I am feeling surprisingly calm, because I know he is in control. The evidence before my eyes is no longer true! Oh how to describe what I see and then feel. He has spoken with the power of Truth. All my fears, doubts, have been washed away.

 When we feel the presence of the Christ, we know and understand that ”Christ presents the indestructible man, whom Spirit creates, constitutes, and governs” (cit. S19/316:20-21)

I watch as Jesus reaches down, takes him by his hand, and lifts him up. He too looks at Jesus. He has changed, – all the scarring gone, a full happy smiling face!

 “There is no disease.” (cit. S24/421:18), never was and never can be. The entirety of Spirit is the truth and perfection of being.

 We both head home. My wife is waiting. I can see from her smile she somehow already knows. We all weep with joy and new found love. My unbelief is now an understanding, the memory of his touch a knowledge of the power of Christ .

 The power of the Christ is ever present, with us now. It is the understanding, and therefore the demonstration, of infinite Spirit, the one God.

 Copies of these poems are available in pdf format in color and B&W as DOWNLOADS at the bottom of the online version of this Poetic Prelude 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. (Links work on Metaphysical page).

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