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Ken Cooper’s “POETIC POSTLUDE” shares poetry inspired by Bible citations, together with combined translations, that show THE PROMISE OF THE COMFORTER IS ONE OF PRESENT GOOD, IN WHICH ONLY GOOD IS BEING DONE, NOW, AS ORDERED! See this week’s Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on:

“CHRISTIAN SCIENCE”
For Sunday, December 31st, 2023


WHAT IS CHRISTIAN SCIENCE?

John 1:1-2  Before time itself was measured, the Voice, the living expression of God, was already speaking. The Word and God were always One and the same.

“ANGELS.  God’s thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality.” (S&H p.581:4)

“CHRIST. The divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error.” (citation S7/583:10)

“There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. Spirit is immortal Truth; matter is mortal error. Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual. (S&H p.468:9 There)

This scientific statement of being is the Word made manifest, showing there is nothing to heal. What an angel thought!

What angels God is always sending! They too fill infinity, and confirm the nothingness of error, evil, in whatever guise and false persuasion may be suggested.

With God nothing is impossible, because all good is always present. Nothing is impossible because nothing does not exist. God is everything, the All-in-all.

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE IS THE DEMONSTRATION OF GOD’S ALL-GOODNESS.


GOLDEN TEXT

Exodus 23:20    Behold and see!  I am sending an Angel ahead of you to keep and guard you along the way you are travelling, that you arrive safe in that place I have already prepared.

EXTRA  Exodus 23:21 (part)  Listen carefully to what the angel says, and obey his voice, for he has My complete authority.

RESPONSIVE READING  

Luke 1:37 For God can do anything.  His Spoken Word, [the utterance of Life, Truth, Love, Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle], is always completely and permanently fulfilled, now and forever.

Luke 1:46-7  My heart and soul is overflowing with praise and gratitude for my Lord, and my spirit bursts with joy and gladness because of God my life and my Saviour.

2 Corinthians 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of all mercy, who is always giving us, every moment, every comfort and encouragement;

2 Corinthians 1:20     For all the promises God makes find their affirmation and fulfillment through the actions of the Christ, and it is through Christ that we rejoice and say “IT IS SO!”


  • Click “LET LOVE LEAD YOUR WAY”  a Christmas poem that urges us to listen to the angels that are ever present, guarding and guiding us: 

The Christmas star shines on each year

It never goes away,

Its message through eternity:

“Hear what the angels say” 

The omnipresence of angels reflects the omnipresence of Love, a unifying Voice that embraces mankind: 

“So, let’s hold hands, reach out with love,

Respect what each may say,

For when Love leads, we feel the Christ,

And God will bless your day.” 

  • Click “CHRISTIAN SCIENCE PRACTICE” for shared Christian Science Journal link to a poem that defines the power of God made manifest as man. Wasn’t this the vision of Mary?

Not what I practice but what, O God, I am,

The infinite expression of Mind made known as man. 

Nothing could prevent her understanding of Life being demonstrated. The birth of Jesus would have been painless, the outflow of good. That should be our constant expectation. Does Mind struggle? Does Love fear? Is God, all-good, ever absent? 

Not what I have to do to make my practice work;

No procrastination can in dark shadows lurk.

Mind is All, all there is that ever I can know;

So let this healing Truth through consciousness just flow. 

Christian Science is active, – the recognition that we reflect the omni-action of Love, all-good, that the Word is ever-speaking, man is ever-listening, and Truth ever expressed. There is nothing else. We flow with Love as the spiritual beings that we are! KNOW and FLOW, not limited by matter, but in the freedom of Spirit.

  • Click “COMFORT IS THINE” a poem that shares the angel acknowledgment of Life, Truth and Love all stating “THOU ART MINE”, ending with the words:

Oh feel the warmth of Love Divine:

Love’s word of comfort: “Thou art Mine.” 

Held in the infinity of Love, Christian Science is “THE COMFORTER”, an affirmation, a constant declaration: “THOU ART MINE”. When we feel Love’s presence, the angels of God fill our consciousness, and show us both the way and the how to go.

  • Click “THE GOOD SHEPHERD” as shared last week, but the message more focused on the Shepherd gently leading his lambs, knowing where they are, and looking after them. 

It does not matter where you are, what desperate things you’ve done:

My Love is unconditional – I love you as my Son. 

I feel Your goodness holding me, my cup You ever fill,

For I DO DWELL IN PERFECT LOVE as I reflect Thy will. 

The Science of Christianity is universal, unconditional. As we turn to the Shepherd, our focus is on what is good, and that is what we experience. God’s will is Principle expressed, Mind made manifest, the Christ glorified: “I and my Father are one”. This is another statement of Christian Science. 

  • Click “A PARENT’S REVELATION” a monologue read by Sue, sharing the thoughts of Peter’s wife’s mother (Section 3, cit. B10/Matt.8:14,15) 

How can I describe the Love that radiates from this man?

The complete knowledge of infinite power,

Infinite tenderness,

Expressed in his very being,

The effortless outreach of his hand to mine,

Lifting me up. 

Christian Science is effortless, gently lifting thought above the mist of matter, any sense of limitation. Reflection takes no effort. There is nothing to stop, nothing can stop, the reflection of good. 

I behold for the first time God’s true family. His Love embraces and includes us all. And it is my family too. 

The recognition that we are all God’s family is so important. It denounces heredity, materiality, and confirms the spirituality of Life immortal. What a revelation!  What comfort! As the angel said to Jacob “Let me go, for the day breaketh” [Gen. 32:26 (to 1st.)] Again, thinking of Jacob, what a demonstration he gave for the entire family of Israel, and led to his meeting again with Esau “therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me. (Genesis 33:10 therefore). The Golden Text just resonates with his story, (and makes me think of Joseph, Elisha, Paul and John) 

  • Click “THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE”. When we know the science behind 2+2=4, we have the grain of understanding that unlocks the whole of mathematics. When we glimpse the omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience of the Word, we have the whole of Truth set before us:

Oh know this Truth, feel the Love that God He has for you,

All fear simply disappears: God is our only view!

Nothing is impossible, for Truth is liberty:

One with God, our freedom fixed, throughout eternity!! 

Science is universal. As light removes darkness, Science removes disorder and ignorance, not by force, but by its very presence.

“Christian Science brings to light Truth and its supremacy, universal harmony, the entireness of God, good, and the nothingness of evil.”  (cit. S11/293:28) 

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE. 

TRUTH IS REVEALED. IT NEEDS ONLY TO BE PRACTICED. (cit. S29/174:20)


Bible verses are taken from my combined translations, a free copy of which is available on an excel spreadsheet for those who may be interested. The spreadsheet also includes a genealogy from Adam to Jesus, with related notes. Shared with love. Write to Ken on kengcooper@btinternet.com.

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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