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April 21 -- Dear Friends,
Thank you for your consideration and your prayers. We feel very gratified for the wonderful ideas which have been sent in, and know they will be helpful to all of us. We have a strong beginning to combat racism, hatred and violence. Thank you also for mentioning your actions resulting from your prayers. We look forward to hearing more about your prayers, actions and fruitage, so please continue to send us your ideas which inspire all of us. Attached is a compilation of what we’ve received thus far.
With Love and gratitude,
Terri Buhrer and Shirley Venard
PS You can email Terri Buhrer at email@example.com or call her at 612-735-1751 to share more inspiration and actions.
The Bible, Isaiah 33; 22
“The Lord is our judge; the Lord is our lawgiver; the Lord is our king; He will save us.”
A thought I have about seeing that the false sense any hatred or racism in our community, or anywhere, can be found in the prayer that Jesus told us to pray...The Lord’s Prayer. That prayer states that the spiritual Kingdom of God is right here on earth with all of us and that it is the same Kingdom that is in heaven and in that Kingdom, God’s will is done. We have all been taught that God’s will is LOVE. As each one of us prays to know this truth we can lift our thought to see that all of God’s creation (His perfect ideas) are within that Spiritual Kingdom and therefore can express only the righteous substance of His harmony, peace and justice.
Love to all, Ted
“Our Master taught his disciples one brief prayer, which we name after him the Lord’s Prayer...then he gave that which covers all human needs” writes Mary Baker Eddy, in Science and Health on page 16-17. She continues her spiritual sense of the Lord’s Prayer with, “For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.” "For God is infinite, all power, all Life, Truth, Love over all, and All.” Amen
The letter from you and Shirley made me think of this passage, some of which was from a recent lesson, from Ecclesiastes:
There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it: Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man. Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: ...
The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war: ...
(Ecclesiastes 9:14–16 (to :), 17, 18 (to :)) Our church services and meetings where we gather, share, and pray, where we are healed, must be the 'wisdom heard in quiet' in that passage above. Active participation in church is acting out our desires and prayers, isn't it? That leads to other good, such as this initiative.
While the Chauvin trial and the societal awakening to the fact of racial injustice presents a mental picture which seems as big as the 'great king' in the passage, the picture cannot be a problem, unless we let it keep us from acting.
Out here, I've found a few opportunities to help recently, volunteering at the local food bank. Other ways to help seem to regularly present themselves. And daily study and work for church includes work to resolve the problem: that the belief is bigger than our God. An old friend used to say to every complaint he heard in his practice, "'taint so." A simple declaration of the facts. He was a good healer. His phone rang all night. He was a Black man living in Boston.
And whether others join us for our church meetings, the work we do together is mental, without boundaries, and we are making a real difference in the situation at our door. This seems clear to me as I do my work.
“Always begin your treatment by allaying the fear of your patient” s&h p. 411
Paul was about to be killed by a mob when Roman soldiers, following the law, rescued him at night and took him to safety.
In researching Tikkun Olam I discovered a website JNS.org. A common belief is human action repairs the world. This site says the Jewish faith believes that “ultimately G-d, not man, will repair the world.”
I find this advice helpful and in concurrence with the Christian Science belief of beginning with God to find solutions for problems.
I’ve been praying or confirming that All Power belongs to God who is the All-Knowing, All-Wise, All-Hearing, All-Acting. Humans make choices, but God is All Principle. As the All-Powerful his wisdom is Principle and Truth - never cruel, destructive, or deaf to order. God is Orderly and Loving and because s/he knows all, s/he understands everyone’s needs and is the only source of satisfaction and atonement.
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