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for Sunday, February 4, 2024

(Cobbey’s insights are shared with the blessing of Janet Crisler
by Warren Huff, CedarS Executive Director Emeritus,
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For SOLUTIONS to WORLD PROBLEMS, SEE ALL MANKIND being DRAWN to God’s satisfying law of LOVINGKINDNESS from WITHIN!  Cobbey on Jeremiah chapter 31
before & after the two-verse Golden Text/Jer. 31:3 “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love, therefore WITH LOVINGKINDNESS HAVE I DRAWN THEE.” & verse 16/also citation B10: “Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thy eyes from tears; for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord.”

[Cobbey Crisler said:] “In Chapter 31, which is Jeremiah’s greatest chapter, he predicts the new covenant will come. He defines it. In Verse 3 he shows that the new covenant is definitely based on the comprehension of God as love. It’s that very “lovingkindness” that will draw all mankind to God for the solution of the world problems.”[to make “their soul (spiritual sense) as a watered garden.” (Jer. 31:12)

Jeremiah 31:14  “… my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the Lord.”

Jeremiah 31:33, 34 “… this shall be the covenant that I make… I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts… for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest…”
“Heal the Sick”: A Scriptural Record, by B. Cobbey Crisler**

EMBRACE UNDEFILED, SUPREMELY HAPPY WHOLENESS WITHIN the HOLY CITY and YOUCobbey on Rev. 21:1-7+, Responsive Reading + SH p. 572, 574, 575 & 577

[Cobbey Crisler said:] “Revelation 21 (and 22) … We’ve seen it in previous Scripture, but we find that it is the chosen Scriptural summary, the peak, the ultimate, and Jesus is associated with it. How much purer could Scripture be, coming from God through Jesus to John to us? And John saw that “new heaven and new earth” (Revelation 21:1)

[Warren: We’re told that “this New Jerusalem…– reached St. John’s vision while yet he tabernacled with mortals.” (SH p. 576:3) Mary Baker Eddy amplifies this insight, “The Revelator had not yet passed the transitional stage in human experience called death, but he already saw a new heaven and a new earth.” (572:23 – 25)

“And later in her Science & Health chapter on The Apocalypse she states, “He writes, in Revelation 21:9  — “And there came unto me one of the seven angels, which had the vials full on the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.. … this message from divine Love, carried John away in spirit. The beauty of this text is, that the sum total of human misery, represented by the seven angelic vials full of the seven plagues, has full compensation in the law of Love. … the very circumstance, which you’re suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel entertained unawares.”  (SH 574:5 – 30)

  “This is Scriptural authority for concluding that such a recognition of being is, and has been, possible to men in this present state of existence, — that we can become conscious, here and now, of a cessation of death, sorrow, and pain. This is indeed a foretaste of absolute Christian Science. Take heart, dear sufferer, for this reality of being will surely appear sometime and in some way. There will be no more pain, and all tears will be wiped away. When you read this, remember Jesus’ words, “The kingdom of God is within you.” This spiritual consciousness is therefore a present possibility.” (SH 573:23)

[Cobbey continues:] “John saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem. (SH 592:18) We know its origin, coming from God prepared as a bride. Finally, the bride prepared, adorned for her husband. [Verse 2] The tabernacle of God with men, [Revelation 21] Verse 3.
“Verse 4, there is a check-off list in this Holy City. There
are no more tears, no more salty reminders of the sea in our bodies chemically.  We’ve been told there’s “no more sea” in Verse 1.  No more sea, no more tears, no more death, no sorrow, crying or pain, not in this consciousness.  It’s the Holy City.  That also means that it’s whole.  There’s nothing that can fragment it.  The tribes embrace it at the gates.  The restored and regenerated tribes.  The collective idea of you and me working together as chords under the divine principle of a grand music that fills the universe and all eternity….”
“The Holy City: Its Biblical Basis and Development,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

LET YOUR TRUE I.D. SPARKLE IN SONG! PRAY IT as a SONG WITH LIGHT-HEARTED, HEALING JOY! Cobbey insights on Psalm 30:2-5/Responsive Reading

[Cobbey Crisler:] “Psalm 30:2 Again, the appointment with the physician, the Great Physician, in the Bible is very often this, “O Lord my God, I cried unto thee.” It does not take our being attuned to God to make the appointment. Just as the Prodigal Son suddenly decided that his really right place was not in that pig pen when he came to himself [Luke 15: 16-18]. There’s a whole new view of one’s identity.  He decided that his father’s house held much more.  Then you notice the father did not go to the man with the swine to save the son.  The son had to do something.  Then, the father ran to meet him as he was coming [Luke 15:20].

“With your back to the Father, you’re not even heading in that direction. With your face toward the Father you’re looking at the Father’s face, which is part of the cure biblically, [that] is to see the divine nature. Then of course, you want to be nearer the source of your nature. Step by step the light grows brighter around your feet. We know where we’re heading. We may not have arrived yet, but it’s getting brighter, and lighter, and our problems are dropping away, our burdens, and the divine nature is becoming applicable nearer and nearer. “O Lord my God, I cried unto thee; you have healed me.”
“One of our modern hymns [#425] has been made out of verse 5, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy [cometh] in the morning.” That word “joy” in the Hebrew is “singing.” Take weeping as the symptom and notice singing is the remedy. Sing, do we do much singing? It doesn’t have to be even with an audible or perceptible sound. It’s in our hearts, the song…. All the things that Jesus mentioned. They have to make room for the joy. It’s fullness of joy. It’s God’s dosage. Everything else has to be eliminated, removed, uncontained. That’s quite a prescription for depression, adversity. It seems difficult to SING in a trial, in a crisis. The Bible is just saying, “Try it, you might like it!”** [Laughter] Because it might solve [any and all issues].
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


 [Christie Hanzlik, CS, from her June 14, 2020 Met on “God the Preserver of Man” Section 2:]
… Mary Baker Eddy even offers a nutritional guide…our right nutrition is “peace, patience in tribulation, and a priceless sense of the dear Father’s loving-kindness.”  (citation S24 this week, 365:31)  I could eat a whole buffet of that meal every day of the year!”
[Warren proposed memory aid: note that’s 365 days a year from page 365] (citation S3/355:31]


 [Warren:]  I’ll always remember how effectively CedarS Met writer, Christie Hanzlik, CS, illustrated pouring “in truth with flood-tides of Love” for groups at CedarS.  Her video had her sitting at a picnic table with a muddy glass of water and pair of tweezers showing how impossible it was humanly to purify the water that way. Then, without missing a beat, she raised up a fully running hose that quickly washed all the impurities away!

 Another friend, Reid Charlston, Director of Camp Owatonna, added more great insights into Mary Baker Eddy’s use of this “flood-tides of Love” analogy.

 Flood Tides of Love
Written by Reid Charlston, Friend and Director of Camp Owatonna

            “In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy says, “The way to extract error from mortal mind is to pour in truth through flood-tides of Love” (201:17). Many people who do not live near the ocean, and especially the northeastern coastline of the United States, are not very familiar with tides. As a long-time sea kayaker who has taken and led many trips along the Maine coast, I want to share a little more about these tides to help explain this metaphor a bit more.

“The tides on the ocean are caused by the gravitational pull of the moon as it orbits the earth. The tide changes every six hours and thirteen minutes from high to low and back, which means you can predict it accurately to the minute for every day into the future and back into the past. When the moon is on one side of the earth it both pulls the water on that side towards itself and it pulls the earth itself towards itself and away from the water on the other side of the earth. This means that high tide will always be experienced on the side of the earth the moon is on and the opposite side at the same time. Low tide will be on the other two sides, and the shift between the two causes the rising and falling of the tides.

“From what I have been told, this tidal pull affects every body of water on earth, even a glass of water on your desk, but it is only visible when there is a large amount of water moving over huge amount of space. Thus we really can only see the moon’s gravitational effect on the oceans, and nowhere is that effect more prominent than the coastline of the Atlantic ocean from New England up into Canada.

“So, what is a flood tide? When the tide is going out (being pulled to the other side of the earth) we call that an ebb tide. When all that water comes rushing back, we call it a flood tide. The greatest example of this tidal swing is in the Bay of Fundy in Canada where the tidal range is 56 feet between low and high tide. Go to these web addresses to see some great time lapses of the water coming in and out of the Bay of Fundy. One video I watched said that at least 100 billion tons of sea water comes in and out of the Bay of Fundy each day. (great explanation of how tides work) (short time lapse) (another great short one) (longer video of the area with some

great perspective of how much water comes in and out.

“While I’ve never heard that Mrs. Eddy got to experience the tides at the Bay of Fundy, she more than likely got to witness the shifting tides off the coast of her native state of New Hampshire, possibly too in Massachusetts and Maine, both places we know she visited. So, this concept of flooding and ebbing tides was a natural one for her to use as a metaphor in this sentence.

“As I have read this passage I have always been struck by just how much love she is implying we need to pour in to extract error. It is no trivial amount, but rather a surge of the absolute maximum amount of love that we can possibly give – an amount we know is unlimited as we can only express God’s love which is infinite.”
Written by Reid Charlston, Friend and Director of Camp Owatonna

Mary Baker Eddy writes: “Beholding the infinite tasks of Truth, we pause, wait on God. Then we push onward, until boundless thought walks enraptured and conception unconfined is winged to reach the divine glory.” (part of citation S11/323:9)

Over several decades this sentence has been a CedarS favorite Met to affirm as an inspirational guideline before water-skiing.  After saying “Hit it!” for the boat to start pulling you, it’s all too easy for most beginners to lean forward right away, as if to get up “on their own.”  This causes quick nose-dives.  However, when we PAUSE, waiting to acknowledge the boat, or really God, as the true power of the event, able to pull us through it, God precedes and PRE-SERVES us – and we express such dominion that we almost feel like we are Walking On Water (WOW)!  (A successful pausing posture for a skier to mimic is that of a testifier getting halfway up out of his seat and pausing for a few seconds before proceeding, because another testifier got up at the same time.)

IN LIKE MANNER, WHEN WE REALIZE THAT LIFE IS ABOUT GOD, ABOUT LOVE, AND NOT ABOUT US (as physical beings) or because of us (as sexual beings), we are free to merely reflect, instead of originate, the “incontrovertible” perfection of man AS A SPIRITUAL BEING, as the “image, reflection, of God. . . neither inverted” (‘reversed in position, order, or relationship’) “nor subverted,” (‘overturned from the foundation: RUINED: perverted or corrupted by an undermining of morals, allegiance, or faith’) “but upright and Godlike.” (S&H 200:19, with Merriam Webster’s definitions in parenthesis)

From a Warren Huff Bible Lesson “Met” originally Posted: 4/27/2003

Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 57:28/cit. S14

[Warren Huff:] This line from Science and Health citation 14 in this week’s Bible lesson, remind me a precious time when it appeared in a Christian Science Bible Lesson as an answer to prayer for me during final exam week my Freshman year at Princeton University.

Besides working out in daily spring training for the football team and working about 20-hour a week in University food service and mail delivery, and in daily recess coaching at Miss Mason’s School (right across from the Christian Science church in Princeton), I had a course load of five demanding classes.  What made my upcoming finals week even tougher that year was having all five of my 3-hour finals in a row in the first two days of the week. The first was 9am-noon Monday morning, the second 2-5pm Monday afternoon, the third 7-10pm Monday evening, the fourth 9am-noon Tuesday morning and the fifth 2-5pm Tuesday afternoon. To top that off, I had already fallen behind on the heavy reading assignments in a couple of the courses. So, on the Saturday morning before these finals, I thought, “How am ever going to be ready to humanly read, study and prepare for these exams with no real study time between them?”

Just as I started to ponder my seemingly impossible situation, a dull pain in my right side that I’d been aware of overnight suddenly became very sharp and did not go away. A roommate, whose dad was a doctor, suggested that it looked like my appendix had burst and that I was having an appendicitis attack. I chose to handle this suggestion with prayer just as I’d had done successfully to meet many other challenges.  These ranged from making hard decisions to experiencing very quick healings of broken bones, severe wounds, sprained ankles, torn cartilage… When this very aggressive problem refused to yield quickly to my own prayers, I tried to reach out for help from a Christian Science Practitioner.  I struggled to get to the privacy of a pay phone booth on campus … (this was B.C.— Before Cell phones). I was seeking the uniquely powerful, prayerful support known as a Christian Science treatment which is given with professional warmth and principled love by wonderful Christian Science practitioners (who are normally readily available worldwide).

When none of the practitioners I knew from camp and from church picked up, and no human help seemed to be instantly available, I hobbled my way – still doubled over in pain— to a Christian Science Reading Room.  Its “quiet precincts” were just a few blocks away on Nassau Street and this proved to be a perfect place to reach out directly to God for angel messages and my healing.

For about six spiritually supported hours that Saturday I was the only visitor to the private study area in the back of the Reading Room. That sacred secrecy enabled me to feel free enough to stretch out on the floor whenever sitting up was nery comfortable… Whenever I physically struggled, I spiritually snuggled up to apply passages that the Comforter was indelibly teaching me from that week’s Christian Science Bible lesson. I kept coming back to an uplifting assurance in a sentence near the end of page 57 in Science and Health.  This promise is also in this week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson at the end of citation S11 and reads: “… Love supports the struggling heart until it ceases to sigh over the world and begins to unfold its wings for heaven.”  (I added underlining under until because that’s what I mentally underlined.)
I saw clearly that as long as my heart was sighing (moaning, groaning, complaining…) over the world—over exam-based concerns, time-based pressures and body-based pains… or over today’s worldwide economy and other concerns — it could not begin “to unfold its wings for heaven” and healing.

Part of my beginning to unfold the wings of my heart for heaven was cherished other profoundly significant truths to the infinite possibilities of being at one with the one, all-knowing, divine Mind.  Included in the lesson was the account of Joseph’s divine intuition that enabled him to know and share the humanly unknowable dream of Pharaoh (Genesis 41:1-57). I reasoned that this was mine too and that God would give me the healing, angel insights I needed to cherish as well as what I needed to study and what to write on my upcoming exams. I loved that Joseph shared the way to humbly do this by telling Pharaoh, “it is not in me: God shall give … an answer of peace.” (Genesis 41:16).

I also distinctly remember feeling great relief in affirming for myself the truth that, “When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible.” (SH 180:25-27) More lessons from the Comforter that I cherished during my Reading Room study came back to bless me big-time after I got my healing and was taking my finals.

That private Reading Room study area also gave me a perfect place to feel free enough to seek and find the Comforter’s comfort by wholeheartedly belting out favorite hymns. I knew by heart not only all of Mary Baker Eddy’s hymns from years of singing them in Sunday School, but also scores of others from CedarS Hymn Sings every Sunday night. On this Saturday I was forced to study for my exams in the unconventional way of cherishing and singing each word of every hymn as if my comfort and my grades and my very life depended on it. (And, I think they all were transformed and immeasurably by that unique and powerful preparation.)

I’ll always remember that as spiritual sense gave me more and more peace, I closed my healing hymn sing by cherishing each word of “Christ My Refuge”  hymn (254-258) by Mary Baker Eddy. At about 3pm my tears of pain changed to tears of joy! The pain lifted off as I let my heart sing the following lines/laws, “O’er waiting harps strings of the mind, there sweeps a strain, Low, sad, and sweet, whose measures bind The power of pain… And wake a white-winged angel throng of thoughts illumed By faith, and breathed in raptured song, With love perfumed. Then His unveiled, sweet mercies show Life’s burden’s light. I kiss the cross, and wake to know A world more bright… I see Christ walk and come to me and tenderly divinely talk. Thus Truth engrounds me on the rock (Matt. 7:24-29) … whereto God leadeth me. (Christian Science Hymnal #254)

With fresh freedom, I was inspired to RUN back to my Dodd Hall dorm room, to eat eagerly  at Commons and to prepare with peaceful inspiration Saturday night and Sunday for my three final exams on Monday and the fourth one on Tuesday morning.  I was full of gratitude, both for my healing, and for being divinely led to review in advance just what I needed to know –at least for my first four exams.

However, when I turned over the fifth exam on Tuesday afternoon, my heart sank as did Elisha’s servant’s when they were surrounded by enemy horses and chariots and said, “ Alas, my master!  How shall we do?” (II Kings 6:15) I felt surrounded by unbeatable foes when I read the exam questions which all ask me to compare and contrast several books that I had intended to read over the weekend but had not read given the time I needed to spend in the Reading Room having my healing.  I was seriously tempted at first to just go up to the exam proctor and turn in the exam with a note that I’d had a health challenge and was unable to adequately prepare for the exam and to ask to take the course on a Pass-Fail basis so that my B+ grade going into the sociology final could at least get me a “Pass” on my transcript for the course.

As I stood to walk up and give up, rather than try to write about books that I hadn’t even read, an angel message stopped me saying “I am the same Mind that made this test and that helped write every book and I am with you to take this test and tell you everything you need to know.”

Then, I remembered citations from the Christian Science Bible lesson that I’d mined in the Reading Room as cherished gems to apply to myself. This included the account of Joseph humbly knowing it was not in him, but in God to give him the right answer. (Genesis 41:1-57)

I gained confidence from this and from remembering other ideas from the Bible lesson that I had cherished and made my own during my healing study time in the Reading Room.

They included these passages from Science and Health:
“It is the prerogative of the ever-present, divine Mind, and of thought in rapport with this Mind, to know the past, the present, and the future. Acquaintance with the Science of being enables us to commune more largely with the divine Mind… to be divinely inspired, yea, to reach the range of fetterless Mind.” (84:11-18)

“A knowledge of the Science of being develops the latent abilities and possibilities of man. It extends the atmosphere of thought, giving mortals access to broader and higher realms. It raises the thinker into his native air of insight and perspicacity.” (128:14)

“This (spiritual) understanding is not intellectual, is not the result of scholarly attainments, it is the reality of all things brought to light.” (505:26-28)

I sat back down with a joyous, confident motive to glorify God by being a clear transparency, a scribe under orders. I was determined to not try myself to make up what I humanly didn’t know, but to merely make it welcome. Ideas flowed and I effortlessly wrote them down. The three hours seemed to fly by and I handed in the exam with deep sense of joy, gratitude and dominion. In totally humble amazement the next day I found out that my course grade actually improved to an A-. All glory to God!! What cannot good do for you too when you, like Joseph, know that “it is not in me. God shall give (me every) … answer” that I need, and I know it!

[This is a rough draft of a testimony that I intend to send into the Christian Science periodicals]


 [Cobbey said about citation B12/Isaiah 25:8 + 9:] “Just to see how the peak of prophetic insight, namely Isaiah’s great thought, dwells upon this concept of healing. Does that sound familiar to you at all?  It talks about God doing what?  “Swallowing up death in victory.”  That’s where Paul gets that concept.  He mentions it [in 1 Corinthians 15:54].  It’s from Isaiah. “Swallowing up death in victory; the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces;” and the beautiful statement that “the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth.”  That goes way beyond just physical healing.  It’s totally whole, nothing left fragmented.  Certainly, the radical statement of “swallowing up death in victory,” swallowing is not always at once, is it? It’s bite-sized pieces, victory, after victory, after victory, swallowing up the effects of death.”

And the next verse is a perfect encouragement for all who feel their patience being tested by waiting: Isaiah 25:9 reads: “And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
 “Heal the Sick: A Scriptural Record,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

JESUS’ GEM of GRATITUDE-in-ADVANCE (G.I.A.) as HE APPLIED IT TO RAISING LAZARUS! John 11-12/cit. B13 + SH 493:28; 75:12

[Warren Huff:] The Lazarus resurrection story is featured in Section 4, citations B13/John 11 & 12. Cobbey’s insights below PLUS ANOTHER LIFELIKE AND TEAR-JERKING REENACTMENT OF THIS EVENT with proper, life-bringing word substitution of a Greek word “exhyp,nos” NOT to mean “Lazarus sleepeth—”exhyp,nos”  but that “Lazarus has been hypnotized—”exhyp,nos”.

[Cobbey Crisler insights on a JESUS G.I.A. GEM:]
“In Chapter 11, note how Jesus handles news of a severe sickness.

“In John 11:3, “Jesus gets a message from Lazarus’ sisters that Lazarus is sick.”

“In John 11:4, the first thing Jesus says is, “This sickness is not unto death.”

“Remember that’s what he said about the man born blind in John 9:3, ” Neither has this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God might be manifest in him.”  We find the same kind of approach to a patient with Jesus’ method of healing including that concept.

John 11:5, “He loved the family very much, the family of Bethany,”

John 11:6, “But he still remains for two days.”

“Then in John 11:7, he says, “Let us go into Judea again.”

John 11:8, “His disciples say, What? Last time we were there we had to duck projectiles.

Then in John 11:11, he says to the disciples, “Our friend . . .  (see the shepherd motive) Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.”  There are two Greek words for sleeping here. The first one is as if taking rest in sleep.  The second one, “awake him out of sleep,” is the Greek word “exhyp,nos”.  It includes within it the root of our word hypnotism.  It has a suggestion of a trance-like, not­normally-induced sleep.  It is interesting to see Jesus referring to death as a process of needing to be awakened from a trance.

John 11:12. “His disciples misunderstand that whole thing and “they say, If he’s sleeping, leave him alone.  He’s fine if he’s resting.

“John 11:13 shows how Jesus was using what we would call a euphemism.  He avoided the word die, because he is seeing it differently.

In John 11:14, when, “they don’t comprehend him, he says very plainly, Lazarus is dead .”

John 11:16. “Thomas doesn’t cover himself with glory every time he appears in the Scriptures.  On the other hand, neither do we in our daily lives very often.  I don’t think we should finger-point at Thomas.  But Thomas does have somewhat of a note of sarcasm here when he says to his fellow disciples, “Alright, let’s go with him.  Let’s go die with him if he’s going to Judea. ”   This was something he was not that willing to do when the opportunity arose.  As you recall, when they captured Jesus in Gethsemane, where did Thomas head with all the rest of them?

John 11:17, “When Jesus arrives, we find that four days Lazarus had been in the tomb.”  He sees the scene that was so often associated with death, the hired mourners and the official mourners.

“Martha appears in what I hope will always be a new light.  We have a tendency to stereotype, even people we haven’t known.  Martha has been labeled for centuries, “Don’t be a Martha.”  Some people are sorry their name is Martha, because of that.

“In John 11:25, it is only to Martha that Jesus ever makes the statement, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”  Since we know that Jesus only addressed the receptive thought, and since Martha is the only one to whom he felt free to say, “I am the resurrection,” it is somewhat of an honor to be named Martha from that point of view.     …

John 11:33, “shows the weeping and the groaning that’s going on.”

John 11:35 is the shortest verse in the Bible. It indicates Jesus’ humanity, “Jesus wept.”

John 11:36, “Behold how he loved him!”

John 11:37, “They asked, Could this man have prevented this incident?”

John 11:38, “Jesus comes to the cave.”

John 11:39, “And says, Take ye away the stone.  At that point even Martha’s faith breaks down.  It’s a hot country and a body in a tomb for four days and she so states.”        

John 11:40, “Jesus,” supporting her continuing faith, “said, Didn’t I tell you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?”  Thereby he continued to support the resurrection trust in womanhood.

John 11:41, “They took away the stone. Jesus lifts up his eyes, and makes a pronouncement that what he desires through prayer has already been accomplished.  I thank thee that thou hast heard me.”

John 11:42, “And I knew that thou hearest me always.  That’s a remarkable statement of Jesus’ theology.

“Here’s what the Anchor Bible says: “The prayer of petition is not the only form of prayer. If prayer is a form of union with God, then the Johannine (John’s Gospel) Jesus is always praying, for he and the Father are one.”

“1 John 5:14 is another work attributed to the beloved disciple and one of the most beautiful views and definitions of prayer.  It comes through the transparency of this thought that was so close to Jesus.  Check your prayer against this measurement.

“Here is the “Bureau of Standards” on prayer, “This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.”  Notice the qualification.  It is not according to our will.   It is totally selfless.

1 John 5:15. “But that’s not all, “If we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”  That’s prayer of affirmation coming through there.

“In John 11:42, isn’t that exactly what Jesus said, “I know that thou hearest me always.  If we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions. “It is important to examine how our prayers measure against that standard.  We find Jesus expressing gratitude before the event.

John 11:43. “Then he says, “Lazarus, come forth.”  Obviously, he wouldn’t yell if he didn’t think Lazarus could hear.  You notice he’s communicating with a so-called dead man, expecting him to be able to hear, using one of the faculties that was supposedly shut off.  At the point of death, he doesn’t regard it as shut off.

John 11:44, “Lazarus comes forth,” very awkwardly, I may add, but nothing could keep him from answering that demand.  As a matter of fact, if you have been through the traditional tomb of Lazarus in Bethany, I consider it much more of a miracle that he ever emerged from the tomb, let alone being raised from the dead.  I’m quite sure he would have bumped his head several times on his way out.

“There’s another part of the healing that’s necessary.  “Jesus turns to those around him, “the environment, holding him in this grave, “and says, ‘Loose him, and let him go.‘”  There is a sense of freedom which is so important.  Remember what he says to a woman in another gospel, Luke 13:12, “Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.”

[Bonus verses as Cobbey told the rest of the story:] “John 11:46, “Guess what? With the marvelous raising of Lazarus from the dead, there are informers. Rather than spreading the good news, they have to go report. “They went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.”

John 11:47, “That’s when they have a meeting about him.”

John 11:54 “And Jesus can no more walk openly; but goes north into a wilderness,” staying out of reach temporarily.

“Chapter 12:1 begins where he revisits “Bethany.”   

John 12:2, “Lazarus, Mary, and Martha there, Lazarus eating supper with them.”

“John 12:9 shows that, “a crowd begins to assemble. They hear that not only Jesus is there but Lazarus is a co-celeb. ” Bethany is only about a mile and a quarter from Jerusalem, so all of Jerusalem has been aware of this raising of the dead in their vicinity.  “So people are coming to see Lazarus.”

“In John 12:10, look at “what the chief priests are consulting about.”  Lazarus has just gotten out of the tomb and they want to stuff him back in!  Because he was really walking evidence of God’s word.

“Here comes what’s been called Palm Sunday and we find the general populace greeting him, even the children in other gospel accounts (Matthew 21:9, 15).

John 12:13, “Calling him the King of Israel, Hosanna,” all Messianic terms, in recognition of Jesus’ Messianic roles.

John 12:14, “When Jesus chooses a young ass to ride into Jerusalem.”  Dr. Bull makes an interesting point here, he says, “Nowhere else are we told in the gospel that Jesus rides anywhere.  The presumption is that he walks.  But here, very close to Jerusalem, where the walk isn’t that long, he makes a point of having a special form of transportation.  It so happens that, although I’ve not seen this in any book, we are faced with another Messianic symbol.  When Solomon was anointed king, that’s the way he came into Jerusalem, on the back of David’s mule.  It also has to do with prophesy in Zechariah 9:9 where it talks about, “the king comes to Zion sitting on an ass’s colt.” The disciples don’t understand that until much later…”
“The Book of John, the Beloved Disciple,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

[Warren:] Why not joyously and gratefully accept as your own the Holy Spirit of this healing feeling?! It can be your daily/nightly springboard to try for yourself the proven Christ-method of “trading in your sorrow…for the joy of the Lord.” Here is a moving and popular Christian song, one of several YouTube versions, like this one by Jeremy Camp as sung by Blessed Covenant, women of faith.  Let your life sing for God by trading in what would falsely CLAIM to be “your” sickness, “your” mortal model curses … for Christ’s immortal man and “the joy of the Lord!”
(ONE COULD SING “PAST” SORROW INSTEAD OF “MY” SORROW TO FACILITATE ITS RELEASE FROM THEMSELF AS A MERE FABLE RATHER THAN A FACT. In CedarS Bible Lands Park, thousands have made such a trade by using Christ’s “FAN in hand” to separate the mixed-up mess of chaff and wheat, fables and facts, to burn a paper version of the fables they want to be forever free from in a fire built downwind.) Why not trade-in being a mere mortal for being an Immortal, the ever-new, best version of the true you! – a perfect and one-of-a-kind expression of God!

P.S.  BONUS HISTORY of a Ruth E. Huff reenacting raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11/cit. B18)
“Nana Ruth,” CedarS Camps Founder, had already been on two trips to Israel with Janet and Cobbey Crisler. She loved these trips and learned so much each time that she wanted to go for a third time.  But, she’d made a commitment to speak at a meeting of the National American Camp Association about the benefits and logistics of operating camps with 1 week and 2-week sessions.  So, she arranged with the Crislers to arrive as soon as she could join them join them after the convention which was in Boston that year.  
The day that Nana Ruth was able to join the group was when they were to come to Lazarus tomb at Bethany. Ruth ask Cobbey if she might do a bit of a fun reenactment and have him call out loudly “Lazarus, come forth!” at which point she would hop out of the tomb, wrapped in a sheet from the hotel.  The timing and all worked perfectly. When she appeared on-call, 30-some jaws dropped and laughter erupted soon as Ruth unwrapped herself.

In this humorous way, Ruth (unknowingly) started a fun CedarS (and Huff family) tradition of reenacting Bible events in memorable and meaningful ways. After all, she was a self-described “scribe under orders” when she wrote CedarS Five Fun-damental Concepts which fittingly end with:
“5. We expect to make camping at CedarS FUN!”

Other, meaningful parts of the stop at Lazarus’ tomb that day, no doubt featured Cobbey’s insights elaborated above that include Jesus’ expectancy of a good outcome from each “valley of the shadow of death.” Jesus stated aloud and modeled for us the “One in the asking, one in the proof” (Hymn 524:3) confidence of the Christian healing method of giving gratitude to God in ADVANCE!  “Nana Ruth” echoed this in her own fun way every time she gratefully responded to a challenge by saying with “laughing eyes” and a smile: “It will be fun to see how God works this one out!”

Cobbey, Nana, Madelon Maupin, Barry Huff and all great Bible scholars and Sunday School teachers bring applicable closure and meaning to each event or citation by asking not only what does it mean, but WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME AND TO EVENTS OF THE DAY.

MIND-HEAL LIKE JESUS BY KNOWING the NOTHINGNESS of MATERIAL LIFE & the ALLNESS OF GOD!  Be “armed with Love… (both of) “the cardinal points… of Christian Science” (SH 52:21, cit. S16) – “the prayer and fasting” that Christ Jesus told his disciples to use to heal an impressive, difficult case of seizures (Matt. 17:14-21)

[Warren:] Isaiah prophesied in chapter 53 (verse 3) John’s account of many of Jesus’ followers rejecting and unfollowing him after he denounced the profitability of the flesh (John 6:66).  Chapter 53 of Isaiah also accurately foretold many details of a suffering Messiah — of “my righteous servant (shall) justify many, for he shall bear their iniquities” (Isa. 53:11). As prophesied in this chapter of Isaiah, Jesus was whipped (“with his stripes we are healed” v. 5); was silent as a lamb before Pilate (v. 7); crucified (“numbered with the transgressors” (v. 12); buried in a never-used rich man tomb (v. 9); and “despised and rejected … a man of sorrows” (as in Verse 3). Mary Baker Eddy picks up Isaiah’s prophesy and expands upon it when she writes: The ‘man of sorrows’ best understood the nothingness of material life and intelligence and the mighty actuality of all-inclusive God, good. These were the two cardinal points of Mind-healing, or Christian Science, which armed him with Love.” (SH 52:19-21, cit. S16)


The need to understand what’s ALL and what’s NOTHING is a break-through scriptural concept in the Science of Christian healing that is featured, amplified and clarified by Mary Baker Eddy’s “Scientific Statement of Being” (SH 468).  Every good Christian Science treatment includes BOTH of “the two cardinal points of . . . Christian Science . . . the nothingness of material life and intelligence and the mighty actuality of all-inclusive God, good.” (S&H 52:19/cit. )

[BONUS connection:] To make more memorable this Bible Lesson concept, I have taken the liberty to modify the chorus (in my head) of “All ‘Er Nothing” from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma” like this:

“To heal it’s ALL and Nothin’
Is it ALL and Nothin’ with you?
It can’t be in-between
It can’t be now and then,
No half-and-half God-love will do!”

[Here’s a YouTube version of All ‘Er Nothing” from the Musical “Oklahoma” that for me is a fun and helpful reminder (with the changed lyrics above) whenever some kind of mixing seems tempting:]

An EXAMPLE you can “TAKE to the BANK” of “an absolute faith that
all things are possible to God’… (cit. S24/1:1-4 + 6 “The prayer that reforms the sinner
and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God, — a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love. Prayer, watching…”)
An Answered Prayer (A.P.) History example of divine abundance quickly demonstrated!
shared by Warren Huff, CedarS Executive Director Emeritus

(Warren: Here’s a memorable example of fasting, saying no to lies— and prayer, saying YES! only to what’s true!
While the particulars of every fable vary, it’s the same lie of lack that’s always negated by the law of divine abundance which remains unchangeable & provable by all!)

The situation at CedarS Camps in early May of 1993: Just weeks before camp, we made a critical and costly discovery just as a major project was looking to be on time and on budget. This wonderful “home improvement” to our Dawn Lodge was adding-on a new Basketball Pavilion beyond a first-floor dining room addition along with several new bedrooms in a shed-roof dormer loft above it. Just as it was being created by literally “raising the roof” – or a 20-ft by 200-ft section of roof over the east beamline of CedarS main Dawn Lodge Dining Room, the workmen made the costly discovery that the 24-year-old, original, cedar-shake roof over the rest of building was starting to deteriorate. In order to make the roof leak-proof in the immediate short term before camp as well as problem-free in the long term, it all would need to be replaced with a new, insulated metal roof. We were told that would cost an additional $100,000—and that these unbudgeted funds were needed right away in order to be able to finish the job before the Opening Day of camp that was just weeks away.


Instead of panicking, I again felt the radiant joy, inspired by many demonstrations of God’s abundant love as well as by my mom, Ruth E. Huff’s wonderful, instantaneous, automatic response at such times. I can always hear and see (in my thought) Mom’s classic, smiling reply to almost any issue—”It will be fun to see how God works this one out!”

With this joyous confidence and love, I was led to turn to the opening chapter of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures called “Prayer.” I needed go no farther than its first sentence to re-open in the depths of my being its awesome, healing power: “The prayer that reforms the sinner (like me as the project manager who had majorly “missed the mark”) and heals the sick (like a leaky roof and the sick feeling of every lie of limitation) is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God, — a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love.” (SH 1:1-4 with bolding and parenthesizes added) I’ll NEVER forget that simple, radiantly confident feeling of effective prayer and divine care as I simply cherished each of those three elements – along with some of Jesus’ awesome examples of it.

As I recall, in that week’s Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson, there were two of Jesus’ demonstrations of divine, ever-present abundance—the feeding the multitudes with five loaves and two fish AND the sending of Peter to get the money to pay taxes for the two of them from the mouth of the first fish that Peter caught (Matt. 17:27). It’s not a mere coincidence—but a “human and divine coincidence” that God brought those examples to thought then – and brings these examples to our attention now to face down the aggressive fear and signs of lack during what looks like the economic turmoil of armed conflicts and the weaponization cutting off the flow of supplies through the Red Sea.

Right now, we too can “love into view” a growing, glowing faith in divine Love
and its abundance that never fail.

A West Coast phone call came just minutes after I’d received the $100,000 bad news with a calm confidence that God had it covered.  A voice I’d never heard before—from an “as-in-heaven, so-on-earth” angel of a friend who I’d never met before— said: “As I was praying this morning, I sensed that CedarS Camps had an urgent need. Would $100,000 help?”
Before I could take any human footsteps, other than prayer, God sent that speedy answer—and in the exact amount needed! This is a literal example of what we should spiritually understand 365/24/7 from Isaiah (3)65:24 (/7):
“Before they call I will answer, and while they are yet speaking I will hear.”

I had the inspiring joy of going on a January 2020 Principia Lifelong Learning “Journey through the Holy Land” led by professor, Dr. Barry Ray Huff— our dear son who God sent to bless us all.  On the trip, I purposely invested in items to share and help inspire the outreach and work of CedarS Bible Lands Park. At a gift shop I bought a spoon holder to serve at home as a daily Biblical reminder of how God meets every human need. You can see in the picture in the bottom “Download” part of the webpage, where I placed the spoon holder on top of a T-shirt with this classic message:


As we give, give, give with a sense of divine Love and Her abundant supply, we find that we can never “out-give” God who constantly gives, Gives, GIVES back to us from infinitely renewable resources! Jesus illustrated this law of divine abundance—even super-abundance –by quickly feeding the hungry multitudes with only five loaves and two fish and then by symbolically taking up twelve baskets of left-overs (one basketful for each disciple in the three Gospel accounts of Mark 6:38, Luke 9:13, John 6:8)

Cobbey Crisler on Acts 13:46, 47, 52 (the postlude and context for cit. B19/Acts 13:43)

 [Postlude context] “Acts 13:46. Now because the Jews were rejecting Paul and Barnabas, look what the last five words in Acts 13, verse 46, says.  “We turn to the Gentiles.”…
…But, you will notice he would back this up with scriptural authority in Acts 13, verse 47, he says “the Lord commanded us, saying…” ; and that quote, you might write it in the margin of your Bible, is from Isaiah 49, verse 6.

Isa 49:6   And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

… And then when that happens, salvation will begin to reach the ends of the earth.  And look at what has happened in history as Christianity moved out of Judaic definition of it and moved around the world…  Message speaks to those who are receptive.  Receptivity is really ordination in a way, because receptivity is the prepared ground into which the seed can fall.  And, eventually, all must become receptive.

In this case, these are the ones who were at that point.  And it’s pretty clear that you did not have universal receptivity then, any more than you do now.

[So, while the rejecting] Jews stirred up everybody, in Acts 13, verse 50, “the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Ghost; they come to Iconium” (in verse 52) still known as Iconia in modern Turkey.” 
“AFTER THE MASTER, WHAT? The Book of Acts”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

IN SECTION 6 PAUL GIVES “CONVINCING PROOFS … TO THE WORLD” OF THE VALIDITY OF HIS STATEMENT to the Romans that “ye are not in the flesh, but the Spirit…” (Romans 8:9) THAT CORRELATES WITH “THE SCIENTIFIC STATEMENT OF BEING” (see Retrospection & Introspection, p. 93:17 & SH 32, 208)

Mary Baker Eddy on Paul’s words in Athens (Acts 17:28):
“St. Paul said to the Athenians, “For in Him we live and move and have our being.” This statement is in substance identical with my own: “There is no life, truth, substance, nor intelligence in matter.”  It is quite clear that this great verity has not yet been fully demonstrated, but it is nevertheless true.  If Christian Science reiterates Paul’s teaching, we, as Christian Scientists, should give to the world convincing proof of the validity of this scientific statement of being. Having perceived, in advance of others, this scientific fact, we owe to ourselves and to the world a struggle for its demonstration.”
Retrospection and Introspection,”
by Mary Baker Eddy, page 93: 17

ACCEPT HEALING AS PROPHECY FULFILLED: LOVE AT YOUR LYSTRA THE FULFILLMENT OF A LAME MAN LEAPING! Cobbey on Acts 14:8-10+ in a recent Bible Lesson, as an Isa. 35:6 prophesy fulfilled and a prelude to Paul being stoned to death and raised by his follwers united prayers
[Cobbey Crisler:] “
Acts, Chapter 14
begins with [the prequel of] “the unbelieving Jews” in Acts 14, verse 2, “stirring up the Gentiles.” … And we find now that this is close on the heels of all the success the church makes – a step forward and then a counter step trying to resist and destroy what has been achieved.  … So, the “stirring up occurs.”  Acts 14, verse 4, shows you a “division in the city, an actual assault is made” in Acts 14, verse 5, “to stone them.”

And they leave the city going to Lystra and Derbe, and to the surrounding region to preach the gospel.”  (Acts 14:6, 7)   …

“In the midst of all this persecution and conflict, “there is a man at Lystra, a cripple, and born that way.  He never had walked.” (Acts 14:8, in a recent Bible Lesson

Acts 14:9  The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,

“Now you remember what we said when Jesus looked at someone?  “And Peter beheld someone.”  … Here it says, “Paul, steadfastly beholding him.”  The author means much more that staring at him, doesn’t he?  “Steadfastly beholding him, perceiving” – you see it’s an inner sight – “perceiving he had faith to be healed.”  (Acts 14:9, in a recent Bible Lesson)

“Now, if he hadn’t [perceived that he had faith], the implication is what?  They were many that needed healing there, but receptivity – the patient has to be part of it apparently.  Just as Jesus did not physically lift people to their feet so much as he said, “Pick up your bed and walk…stretch forth your hand” and so forth here. 

“Paul, perceiving that he had faith to be healed “Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet.  And he leaped and walked. (Acts 14:10, in a recent Bible Lesson)

“You notice that the first thing this man does also is what?  He leaps before he walks.  He never had walked, and “the first thing he did was leap.”  …
And Isaiah, if you will recall the prophecy, it indicated “the lame man shall leap as an hart.”  (Isa 35:6) … It is a fulfillment of prophecy.  Therefore, it’s God’s idea, you see, not man’s healing.”

“After the Master, What? – The Book of Acts,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


Cobbey Crisler on Acts 14:19, 20/citation B20+

[Cobbey: “Chapter 14 ends with the exciting sequel of Paul being worshipped and then being stoned and raised by prayer and returning to where he was stoned….] … That shows you the extremes of human nature.  You’re a god one moment, and they stone you the next.  And that’s exactly what happened to Jesus if you recall the triumphant entry into Jerusalem – and one week later the crucifixion.  So, avoid triumphal entries if you can at all help it.

“So, “Paul is stoned.”  (Acts 14:19, cit. B20) … Now, remember later in a list of the things that he gives that he’s been through; he says he was stoned once, and this is the only record that we have of it. “They drag him out insensible, looking as if he is dead.”  (Acts 14:19, cit. B20)

“The disciples, instead of running, stand around about him.”  (Acts 14:20 cit. B20)   “Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.”

“Now, I don’t know whether anybody in this room would have had the courage Paul did.  Even if we rose up from the dead, would you have run back into the city?  Didn’t you get the idea that you weren’t wanted?

“He comes back into the city.  He would not be thrown out.  He then leaves with Barnabas the next day,” normally, “to Derbe to preach there.”  (Acts 14:20/cit. B20)

Acts 14:21   And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch (NOT in cit. B20)

“And Acts 14, verse 22, the last three lines, he indicates that “we must through great tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”  (NOT in cit. B20)

“But he’s establishing churches as he goes.  And think of the influence of his example in stamping the example to follow Christ in that early church.  So, as he creates churches as he goes along, he comes back through.  He retraces his steps and returns to Antioch in Syria, not the Antioch of Pisidia.  He’s back home again

Acts 14:26   And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled.

“If you want to know how the church responded to the results of this first mission; they hold a special corporate meeting and “rehearsed” in Acts 14, verse 27, “all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.”  Look at that news, “the door of faith has been opened to the Gentiles.” (beyond cit. B20)

“That says something about the corporate body, especially if the New Testament remark “that the church is the body of Christ is correct.  You can’t divide that body.  If you try, you’re trying to break the body of Christ in that sense.  This was tried on the cross.

“And collectively man is at one under one God if the Biblical theme is accurate.  And that must include the Gentiles; it must even include those we may count among our enemies.  And Paul’s approach here is a pioneering one.” 
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

Application ideas offered by Warren Huff on citation S28/571:15-18:
Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom [ability]
and the occasion [opportunity] for a victory over evil.”

 “What occasions or opportunities are demanding your best these days?
1. Hard assignments, unbelievable work load and killer deadlines?
2. Important tests of our abilities or our faith and resilience?
3. A big game, presentation or performance?
4. Group Leadership role(s)?
5. An important date or social event?
6. A sticky situation where taking a moral or ethical stand and integrity are needed?
7. Challenging restrictions that keep testing your patience, equanimity and reliance on God?

 Whatever opportunities you face, you can meet them as their master by obeying this powerful two-word command.
Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil.”
Science & Health, 571:15 (cit. S14)

 “Know yourself as God knows you – as an ever-perfect expression of “infinity, freedom, harmony and boundless bliss.” (see S&H 481:3) Totally accept and simply express each of these elements of your divine identity to eradicate their illegitimate opposites.  Without a body-based sense of self, you will be open for God to eliminate from your experience: all of matter’s debilitating drag of limited energy, funds, intelligence, speed, inspiration; all its sapping slavery of restrictions (injuries, illness, red tape, tie-ups); all its regular rub of inharmonious relationships and its constant cloud of frustration and unhappiness.  All gone! These are all just fables that were never part of you or of those you love.

In the next couple of days, “your assignment, should you choose to accept it,” will be to simply do your part—know yourself spiritually—and watch God do Her part, to supply you with all the wisdom and occasions where victories are wanted.  You may also enjoy highlighting in every lesson all of God’s jobs in one color and all of yours in another color.

A friend shed new light on this passage with this one-line insight:
“ABILITY (the wisdom) and OPPORTUNITY (the occasion) are coordinate ideas.”

By accepting this divine law and knowing yourself spiritually, you will never have ability without being given opportunity to express it. (no unneeded bench-sitting) And, you’ll also never be given opportunities (like the seven listed at the top) without having the God-given abilities to rise to the occasion!”

Warren Huff originally posted this on CedarS website on December 5, 2002

[Warren & Geith Plimmer,
CS on Science & Health 12:31/citation S29

[Warren Huff:] “I’ll always remember something that Geith Plimmer, a Christian Science Lecturer living in Great Britain, said about part of citation S29; “Love is impartial and universal in its adaptations and bestowals.” (SH 13:2-3) Geith commented that “one will be ready to receive divine bestowals only when ready to make divinely-directed adaptations.” Humility and love are the keys to open up a willingness to let “Thy will be done” and to make right changes and appropriate adaptations to humanly-willful or outlined plans.

We are blessed as students of the Bible to know that no mistakes can really be made when we love God with all our hearts and put all we do in his hands. As Saint Paul declares, “And we know that ALL things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Rom. 8:28, caps & emphasis added)

*AN APPLICATION “TESTING-TIME” EXAMPLE* as written on page 6 of excerpts from AW_Warren-Huff-Talk_4.22.pdf ( and in the last 20 minutes of this YouTube video of Warren’s inspirational talk for Arden Wood’s 2022 Annual Meeting:] “There was a time in CedarS past when it looked like a big mistake was made by CedarS to be maintaining a property in west St. Louis County and operating an after school and day care unsustainable program there when camp was not operating. It was in an old, high-maintenance stone house built in 1818 on 8-acres that adjoined Queeny Park and was bought during a high inflation period where interest rates could not he secured for more than 6 months and they had jumped to 20%.  We were spending unsustainable funds to own and maintain that property and the anticipated demand was high on some days and very low on most other days.  To make a long and detailed story shorter, our Board prayed with several ideas and adaptations to make this program and property sustainable and fitting with Mary Baker Eddy’s guidance in the Church Manual “God’s Requirement. Sect. 5. God requires wisdom, economy, and brotherly love to characterize all the proceedings of the members of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist.” (Man. 77:18)

With the perspective of the wisdom that “sees that past through wisdom’s eyes” it was a “blessing in disguise” as Desiree Goyette wrote in her very inspiring solo “Let it Go. What enables us to have the “grace to go forward wherever he guide thee” and gladly obey the call of his word” (that was from Hymn which was CedarS 2021 post-pandemic theme as it was for TMC and Principia.)  Another comfort that gave us the grace, strength and courage to sell the house was thinking of the conversation between Jacob and the angel he wrestled with. Jacob’s provision for letting the angel go became ours for letting the property go (that we had registered as an historic landmark to protect it) “And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. …

And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.”

(Gen. 32:26, 28)…
…. So, we put this treasured, historic property “on the altar” and asked what was right for us to do. We filed for the house to be listed as a historic landmark, and we sold the property, got out of our indebtedness, and were able to build Crown Lake and to install our waterslide! It was a landmark for CedarS—a real testing time for us. It was the right thing to let that property go and to let the new plans unfold that have blessed thousands of kids and families.”




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