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Unfold Love's heavenly GEMs as you "cease to sigh over the world" (BONUS GEM#7)
from Cobbey Crisler, Ken Cooper & others from The Christian Science Bible Lesson on

for August 2, 2020

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GEM#1: Lovingkindness will draw all mankind to God for the solution of the world problems
Cobbey Crisler on Jeremiah 31 (and citation B1, Jer. 31:3)

“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)
“Heal the Sick”: A Scriptural Record, by B. Cobbey Crisler**

GEM#2: Be serenaded with “Tender Mercies” by two Christian Science Practitioners! See and hear Craig Ghislin and David Price, two of CedarS Met contributors, sing a guitar duet ofTender Mercies on the back porch of our new Care House where they were serving. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PToeaQ_CWLE&feature=youtu.be
By accentuating all the positive blessing in thought that flow from receiving God’s “tender mercies” we can and should eliminate the negative curses that the news is daily accentuating.
As Cobbey Crisler points out, the next verses encourage us to stop talking about illnesses (and viruses)!
Cobbey Crisler on
Ps. 145:11 (verse right after citation B4, Ps. 145:9,10)
“Psalm 145, Verse 11. A receptive, spiritually-educated human race going to God with total commitment for the answer to all ills will no longer talk about illnesses. "They shall speak of the glory of God's kingdom, and talk of thy power."’
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

GEM#3: God’s healing AND preventative power are parts of Her lovingkindness to the contrite! Cobbey Crisler on Ps. 34:19, 20 (between v. 18 & 22 in the Lesson as citation B8)
“Psalm 34: 19 We have the therapeutic and the prophylactic. We have the healing and the preventative arts. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” That’s the therapeutic power of God. But it goes even a step further in Verse 20, “He keepeth all his bones.” That means “He guards or protects all his bones, not one of them is broken” It is the prophylactic, the preventive, power of God’s therapy.”

“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

GEM#4: Make adaptations to receive bestowals! on “Science & Health” 13:2 (S7)
I’ll always remember something that Geith Plimmer, a Christian Science Lecturer living in Great Britain, said about part of citation S7; “Love is impartial and universal in its adaptations and bestowals.” (SH 13:2-3) Geith commented that only when one has enough humility and love to be ready to let “Thy will be done” and to make right adaptations and appropriate changes to a humanly-willed or outlined plan, is one ready to receive divine bestowals.

GEM#5: Our wholeness under God’s wholeness doesn’t allow for “a gap called blindness!” Cobbey Crisler on Matt. 20:30-34 (B12) similar to cases of blindness healed in Mark 10:46-52 & Luke 10:35-43
“In Chapter 10 of Mark, Verse 46, “They come to Jericho; and the healing of blind Bartimaeus” who [in Verse 47] calls and calls and all of his friends and neighbors tell him to keep quiet, “Quiet, you’re bothering Jesus.” Here’s the man with the need that Jeremiah [31:8] had said would be attracted by the New Covenant. The blind would come and be attracted as Jeremiah had said. So, they told him to keep quiet in Verse 48; didn’t have much effect on him; he kept calling. [In Verse 49] Jesus heard through the crowd and healed him. Notice that he uses in Verse 52, “thy faith hath made thee whole”—the wholeness of man. The concept of the wholeness of man under the wholeness of God doesn’t allow for a gap called blindness.”
“Heal the Sick”: A Scriptural Record,
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

GEM#6: Enjoy listening to Ken Cooper’s “Love Responds” at https://youtu.be/kzjcDSi0ZiY
[Ken comments:] “The beauty of love is that when we do something we love, we forget self in the absolute joy of fulfilling whatever we are doing, aiming always for the level of perfection that true love would want to see expressed. A parent loves their child, and sees in that child purity, innocence and perfection. The Father-Mother God can only see in His / Her thought the perfection of all that God is, the All-in-all. Love knows no exceptions, for in the infinity of Father-Mother Love no exceptions exist.

“Divine Love is infinite. Therefore, all that really exists is in and of God and manifests His love.” Love manifests His/Her perfection. Love knows our needs before we ask, and has within infinity already supplied them. Jesus’ love for humanity embraced the two blind men before they called. They insisted on calling, and Jesus’ response was inevitable. Love in action. The touch of Love is the touch of infinite perfection. Mary Baker Eddy notes the way to heal is to “love, love, love”. (We Knew Mary Baker Eddy: Expanded Edition, Vol. 1, p. 298). Isn’t this a definition of unstoppable Love! As the poem indicates, https://youtu.be/kzjcDSi0ZiY love always responds, and we are preserved “graven with Love and safe in His hands”.

Pdf versions of the poem are attached to CedarS online Met as upper right Downloads.

BONUS GEM#7: Amazing healings will be yours too, when your “struggling heart…ceases to sigh over the world and begins to unfold its wings for heaven.” (SH 57:28, S27)
[Warren Huff:]
This line from Science and Health citation 27 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 five exam periods 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 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 wasn’t comfortable… Whenever I physically struggled, I spiritually snuggled up to apply passages that the Comforter 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 S27 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 virus and economy 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 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 how the way to humbly do this by telling Pharaoh, “it is not in me: God shall give … an answer of peace.” (Genesis 41:16, B6).

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.” (S180:25) 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 all of Mary Baker Eddy’s hymns from years of singing them in Sunday School, plus 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 did depend on and were blessed 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” and poem and 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 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, B12) … whereto God leadeth me. (Christian Science Hymnal #254)

With renewed freedom, I was inspired to RUN back to my Dodd Hall dorm room, to eat normally and prepare with peaceful inspiration Saturday night and Sunday for my first four final exams on Monday and Tuesday morning. I felt divinely inspired to review just what I needed to know and felt great and full of gratitude to God about my first four exams.

However, when I turned over the fifth exam on Tuesday afternoon, my heart dropped as I read all the exam questions which ask me to compare and contrast several books that I had intended to read over the weekend but did not 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 final could at least get me a "Pass" on my transcript for this sociology course.

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. That included the account of Joseph humbly knowing it was not in him, but in God to give the right answer. (Genesis 41: 1-57, B6)

As I stood up to walk up and humanly 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 wrote every book and I am with you to take this test and tell you everything you need to know.”
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. At the end of the three hours I handed in the exam with joy and to my amazement found out the next day that my 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!

All we need to do is to be “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher”! (Hebrews 12:2)
[A rough draft of a testimony that I intend to send into the Christian Science periodicals

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