I’d like to just take a quick moment and write a few words about church.
Church is a wonderful part of my life. Church is more to me than a Sunday service. Church is a power. It provides wonderful opportunities to bless the community in ways that couldn’t be done on my own.
I love how church provides an opportunity to get to know God better. I think one of the best ways to understand God is through loving others. Through the activities of compassion, patience, and giving I am enabled to understand what God, divine Love, is. By learning to be more unselfish I am learning to comprehend divine Love’s infinite and eternal love for each one of Her children. Not to say I have it all understood — I don’t. But I am grateful for the opportunities that church affords to put Christianity into practice and to understand divine Love better.
Plus there’s the important aspect of unity. I have found that through unification with Church, and by focusing on the oneness of God, I get countless opportunities to grow spiritually and serve my fellow members, as well as the community. Not to say that this is easy! Learning humility is very hard. But through the good times, and by overcoming strife, I feel this is how I can help the force of goodness to blossom in my community.
But I must mention healing. The Church I am member of is a Christian Science church. And what I love about this Church is that the core of our reason for exisiting is Christian healing. I love that we are unified by our desire to be active Christian healers, and I love that the foundation from which we act is the Bible and the example of The Master, Christ Jesus. I am in awe of my fellow members and the ways they put Christianity into practice. Their individual ways of giving, sharing, and healing is inspiring. And the best part is, I get to hear about it every Wednesday night at my church’s Wednesday testimony meetings.
CHURCH. The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.
The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick.
— Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.583