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Refuge from domestic abuse

A Christian Science perspective: The light of divine Love leads to comfort and safety.

Wendy Margolese
June 7, 2017

A few years ago, a friend of mine needed refuge from domestic abuse. She’d had the courage to leave the imprisoning situation that had become untenable, but now she was looking to actually heal the fear and hurt.

Emma, who doesn't want her real name used, had been a student of the Bible for most of her life. It felt natural for her to turn to some of the scriptural stories of people released from prisons – some physical, some mental – who had been helped and healed. One verse that meant a lot to her was from the prophet Isaiah: “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you” (66:13, Common English Bible).

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Don't let ME-TV broadcast its own fake news

Matt Jackson
Vancouver Courier, April 22, 2017

I saw a bumper sticker the other day that said: DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU THINK. It’s not often a bumper sticker elicits more than a smile from me, but this one genuinely caused me to stop and ponder.

The words hit me, probably, because of the angst over fake news we’ve all been feeling these past few months. It seems that for every side, one person’s truth is another person’s fake news. But are there times we broadcast ‘fake news’ to ourselves on our very own 24/7 channel, ME-TV?

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The Easter Butterfly

Anna Bowness-Park, Christian Science Practitioner
March 27, 2017

This morning I saw a butterfly. It swooped gracefully down into the garden where I was working, catching me by surprise by such an early Spring appearance. As I watched it, I was reminded of a joke a friend once shared with me. "Two caterpillars were sitting on a leaf watching a butterfly overhead. Said one caterpillar to the other – "You won’t catch me up there!"

How often do our negative perspectives on life limit our expectations and the fulfillment of our potential? Are we ready to see beyond our "leaf"?

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Challenging the depressing myth of Eve

Anna Bowness-Park, Christian Science Practitioner
March 2, 2017

When Canadian entrepreneur Arlene Dickinson found herself as a single parent with five young children, she went back home with her kids to live with her dad, depressed and with a sense of helplessness.

Miserable, depressed and feeling helpless, Dickinson said she sat on the couch and cried almost every day. One day, her dad asked her what she was doing. "Can't you see I am having a pity party?" she sobbed. "Well who do you think is going to solve the problems you have gotten into?” he asked. "Maybe you dad," she sobbed. Firmly but gently he responded, “No not me. You have to solve them. You got yourself here, now it is up to you to figure out a way to get yourself out of here. Nobody can think for you or act for you."

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Freedom from chronic pain

Wendy Margoles
January 28, 2017

The Hippocratic oath taken by doctors avows to ‘first do no harm’. And many of them go way beyond that — taking great lengths to pursue ways for their patients to experience better health. But Canadian doctors are in a quandary. Recently, opioid prescriptions for chronic pain have led to unintended consequences — a national epidemic due to the addictive nature of prescription painkillers.

Scientists have long struggled to make sense of the human tendency toward addiction with the latest research seeking a source in genetics. Throughout the course of human history, addiction — in any form — is a false attraction to something that clouds the moral bedrock underlying life.

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Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Isaiah 41: 10

 

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