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The plight of homelessness can present a seemingly insurmountable problem. The causes seem complex, and the answers tenuous. When the Israelites were far from their homeland, desolate and fearful, the prophet Jeremiah reassured them with God’s promise, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you and expected end.” (Jer. 29:11) That expected end of security, which home represents, it always ours. We are asked by the Reading Room to solidly support those who seek a home and the safety it provides.…

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“Long has thou stood, O church of God,” begins a hymn from the Christian Science Hymnal (176).  This hymn goes on to remind us that church is built upon timeless rock, bringing light and clarity to all who find refuge there.  It speaks of us, the members, as “living stones we, each in his place.”  Imagine yourself as a sturdy, strong example of Truth, living and proving the power of Church in your daily life.  In gratitude for church, let us give the month of September to cherishing and participating in church.…

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“The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood, all having the same Principle, or Father; and blessed is that man who seeth his brother’s need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another’s good.” (Science and Health, p. 518:15-18). This passage reminds us that material wealth is not necessarily the answer to an impoverished situation. Being rich in spirit equips one with the ability to lift others from hopelessness and lack, discerning their innate dignity and purpose. Our Reading Room prayer topic of poverty gives us the opportunity this month to reach out to our brother.…

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There are many examples of oppression in governments and personal relationships. Beyond the physical effects we see, we must address the mental aspects of this problem. Self-seeking, envy, passion, and pride are some of the animalistic qualities Mary Baker Eddy identifies as contributing to oppressive environments. When we go behind the situation presented to correct and destroy the mental triggers that have caused it, we have healed the problem. Everyone involved is free. The Reading Room has given us the important issue of addressing the topic of oppression this month.…

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We have all felt envy. It’s that uncomfortable feeling that someone has something you would like to have, but don’t. The prodigal son’s brother felt envy when his wayward brother returned and their father celebrated. When he complained to his father, he was told, “…Son, thou art ever with me. All that I have is thine.” (Luke 15:31) The older brother had forgotten that his father recognized his worth, valued him, and gave him all his love and every advantage. We, too, should remember that we are always cherished by our Father-Mother God, and there is no need to feel left out. Let’s use June to catch the moments when envy lingers in thought, and change it to gratitude. The Reading Room thanks you.…

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One might think that there are a variety of justifiable reasons for experiencing limited movement. There could be aches and pains related to age, disease, or injury, — just some of the numerous causes that are accepted and result in feeling these problems must be endured. But there is a spiritual recourse we may utilize to free ourselves from even the most daunting physical issue. We can heal any suggestion of stiffness or painful movement through understanding our God-given flexibility, strength, and ageless being gracefully expressed with freshness and vigor. By lifting thought upward, we experience not only mental nimbleness of infinite spiritual being, but also physical proof that we are whole. The Reading Room asks us to give specific attention to the idea of true movement this month.…

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