Lynne Buckley-Quirk, CS

November 22, 2016

Annual Meeting

Late last month, Lynne Buckley-Quirk, CS visited Peace Haven and shared some spiritual insights with our Christian Science nurses. She also gave an additional talk to a group of our residents who meet weekly to share inspirations as they pray for the world. Here are some of the highlights from her talk:

“I’d like to start talking about St. John when he was on the island called Patmos and the impact his experience can have on how we pray for healing for ourselves and for the world.

John was exiled to this barren island where no one was expected to survive. And yet, in the middle of a most desperate human circumstance John was visited by God’s angel messengers which gave him the revelation of Christ Jesus—the record of the Word of God.

John’s revelation culminated in his being able to bear witness to the new heaven and new earth—the ever presence of the Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom of perpetual harmony—right in the middle of what would seem to others to be darkness, hopelessness, and destruction.

For me, the message for us today is that no matter how aggressively error seems to have infiltrated the world around us—or sometimes infiltrated even our own lives; no matter how much we seem to be held captive by dismal, desperate news reports; no matter how tempted we may be to think we are trapped on our own modern day inescapable Patmos, John’s revelation tells us that the symbol of all error—the great red dragon—is cast out, destroyed. The Lord, God omnipotent reigneth—the new heaven and new earth is a present possibility.

Do we acknowledge this new heaven and new earth today? Is it possible 100% of the time?

Of course it is—when we know that we are praying daily with the same Mind that was also in Christ Jesus, the same Christ-consciousness, the same spiritual understanding that Christ Jesus, St. John, and Mary Baker Eddy prayed with.

With this Christ-consciousness our prayers cannot help but acknowledge what John revealed: proof of the Kingdom of Heaven within us and at hand.

Throughout her writings, Mary Baker Eddy teaches us the importance of applying these truths to the world around us. She writes in Miscellaneous Writings:

Three times a day, I retire to seek the divine blessing on the sick and sorrowing, with my face toward the Jerusalem of Love and Truth, in silent prayer to the Father which “seeth in secret,” and with childlike confidence that He will reward “openly.” In the midst of depressing care and labor I turn constantly to divine Love for guidance, and find rest. It affords me great joy to be able to attest to the truth of Jesus’ words. Love makes all burdens light, it giveth a peace that passeth understanding, and with “signs following.” As to the peace, it is unutterable; as to “signs,” behold the sick who are healed, the sorrowful who are made hopeful, and the sinful and ignorant who have become ‘wise unto salvation’! Mis. 133:22

Later in 1902 she gave another prayer for the world:

O Father-Mother Love let Thy kingdom come and Thy will be done here in this city and through-out this state (and the whole world). Turn the hearts of this people to seek and to find the healing Christ that taketh away all sin, disease and death, etc.

So as we ponder how St. John prayed on Patmos and Mrs. Eddy prayed for the world to be relieved of its Patmos, let us pray to know that the reality of the new heaven and new earth is a present possibility in our lives, in our communities, and throughout the world.”

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