Destructive Weather


The following citations from the Bible and Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures were read during the October 14, 2009  Wednesday Testimony Meeting of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Chagrin Falls, Ohio. After the readings, members of the congregation share related experiences of how God helps in times of trouble.

The Bible

Ps 55:1 (to ;)
Give ear to my prayer, O God;

II Kings 11-12
CHAPTER 11


And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal.  But Jehosheba, the daughter of king Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king's sons which were slain; and they hid him, even him and his nurse, in the bedchamber from Athaliah, so that he was not slain.  And he was with her hid in the house of the Lord six years. And Athaliah did reign over the land.  #And the seventh year Jehoiada sent and fetched the rulers over hundreds, with the captains and the guard, and brought them to him into the house of the Lord, and made a covenant with them, and took an oath of them in the house of the Lord, and shewed them the king's son.  And he commanded them, saying, This is the thing that ye shall do; A third part of you that enter in on the sabbath shall even be keepers of the watch of the king's house; And a third part shall be at the gate of Sur; and a third part at the gate behind the guard: so shall ye keep the watch of the house, that it be not broken down.  And two parts of all you that go forth on the sabbath, even they shall keep the watch of the house of the Lord about the king.  And ye shall compass the king round about, every man with his weapons in his hand: and he that cometh within the ranges, let him be slain: and be ye with the king as he goeth out and as he cometh in.  And the captains over the hundreds did according to all things that Jehoiada the priest commanded: and they took every man his men that were to come in on the sabbath, with them that should go out on the sabbath, and came to Jehoiada the priest.  And to the captains over hundreds did the priest give king David's spears and shields, that were in the temple of the Lord.  And the guard stood, every man with his weapons in his hand, round about the king, from the right corner of the temple to the left corner of the temple, along by the altar and the temple.  And he brought forth the king's son, and put the crown upon him, and gave him the testimony; and they made him king, and anointed him; and they clapped their hands, and said, God save the king.  #And when Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people, she came to the people into the temple of the Lord.  And when she looked, behold, the king stood by a pillar, as the manner was, and the princes and the trumpeters by the king, and all the people of the land rejoiced, and blew with trumpets: and Athaliah rent her clothes, and cried, Treason, Treason.  But Jehoiada the priest commanded the captains of the hundreds, the officers of the host, and said unto them, Have her forth without the ranges: and him that followeth her kill with the sword.  For the priest had said, Let her not be slain in the house of the Lord.  And they laid hands on her; and she went by the way by the which the horses came into the king's house: and there was she slain.  #And Jehoiada made a covenant between the Lord and the king and the people, that they should be the Lord's people; between the king also and the people.  And all the people of the land went into the house of Baal, and brake it down; his altars and his images brake they in pieces thoroughly, and slew Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.  And the priest appointed officers over the house of the Lord.  And he took the rulers over hundreds, and the captains, and the guard, and all the people of the land; and they brought down the king from the house of the Lord, and came by the way of the gate of the guard to the king's house. And he sat on the throne of the kings.  And all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was in quiet: and they slew Athaliah with the sword beside the king's house.  Seven years old was Jehoash when he began to reign.  

CHAPTER 12

In the seventh year of Jehu Jehoash began to reign; and forty years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Zibiah of Beersheba.  And Jehoash did that which was right in the sight of the Lord all his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him.  But the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.  And Jehoash said to the priests, All the money of the dedicated things that is brought into the house of the Lord, even the money of every one that passeth the account, the money that every man is set at, and all the money that cometh into any man's heart to bring into the house of the Lord, Let the priests take it to them, every man of his acquaintance: and let them repair the breaches of the house, wheresoever any breach shall be found.  But it was so, that in the three and twentieth year of king Jehoash the priests had not repaired the breaches of the house.  Then king Jehoash called for Jehoiada the priest, and the other priests, and said unto them, Why repair ye not the breaches of the house? now therefore receive no more money of your acquaintance, but deliver it for the breaches of the house.  And the priests consented to receive no more money of the people, neither to repair the breaches of the house.  But Jehoiada the priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid of it, and set it beside the altar, on the right side as one cometh into the house of the Lord: and the priests that kept the door put therein all the money that was brought into the house of the Lord.  And it was so, when they saw that there was much money in the chest, that the king's scribe and the high priest came up, and they put up in bags, and told the money that was found in the house of the Lord.  And they gave the money, being told, into the hands of them that did the work, that had the oversight of the house of the Lord: and they laid it out to the carpenters and builders, that wrought upon the house of the Lord, And to masons, and hewers of stone, and to buy timber and hewed stone to repair the breaches of the house of the Lord, and for all that was laid out for the house to repair it.  Howbeit there were not made for the house of the Lord bowls of silver, snuffers, basons, trumpets, any vessels of gold, or vessels of silver, of the money that was brought into the house of the Lord: But they gave that to the workmen, and repaired therewith the house of the Lord.  Moreover they reckoned not with the men, into whose hand they delivered the money to be bestowed on workmen: for they dealt faithfully.  The trespass money and sin money was not brought into the house of the Lord: it was the priests'.  #Then Hazael king of Syria went up, and fought against Gath, and took it: and Hazael set his face to go up to Jerusalem.  And Jehoash king of Judah took all the hallowed things that Jehoshaphat, and Jehoram, and Ahaziah, his fathers, kings of Judah, had dedicated, and his own hallowed things, and all the gold that was found in the treasures of the house of the Lord, and in the king's house, and sent it to Hazael king of Syria: and he went away from Jerusalem.  #And the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?  And his servants arose, and made a conspiracy, and slew Joash in the house of Millo, which goeth down to Silla.  For Jozachar the son of Shimeath, and Jehozabad the son of Shomer, his servants, smote him, and he died; and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David: and Amaziah his son reigned in his stead.  

Prov 30:4 who hath gathered (to 3rd ?)

who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment?

Job 38:8 (to 2nd ,),11 Hitherto
Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth,

Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?  

Job 37:14 stand,23 he will
stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.  

he will not afflict.  

I Kings 19:11-12 Go forth

Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.  

Ps 107:23,24,28,29
They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.  

Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.  He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.  

Ps 103:1,4 (to 1st ;)
Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.  
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;

Matt 4:23-24  Jesus (to :)
Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.  And his fame went throughout all Syria:

Mark 4:35-39 when
when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.  And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.  And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.  And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?  And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  

Prov 29:25 whoso

whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.  

Acts 25:1,2,24,25 (to 2nd ,)

Now when Festus was come into the province, after three days he ascended from Caesarea to Jerusalem.  Then the high priest and the chief of the Jews informed him against Paul, and besought him,

And Festus said, King Agrippa, and all men which are here present with us, ye see this man, about whom all the multitude of the Jews have dealt with me, both at Jerusalem, and also here, crying that he ought not to live any longer.  But when I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death, and that he himself hath appealed to Augustus,

Acts 27:1 it,4,9-11,14,15,20-25,35-37,40-44
it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus' band.  

And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds were contrary.  

Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them, And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.  Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.  

But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon.  And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive.  

And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.  But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.  And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship.  For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.  Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.  

And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.  Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat.  And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls.  

And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoised up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore.  And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.  And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out, and escape.  But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land: And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.  

Ps 91:5(to ;),6 nor,9,10 (to ,),11
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.  

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee,

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.  

Ps 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  

Science and Healthe with Key to the Scriptures

by Mary Baker Eddy

12:31
In divine Science, where prayers are mental, ^all^ may avail themselves of God as "a very present help in trouble." Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals.  It is the open fount which cries, "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters."

295:5-8
God creates and governs the universe, including man.  The universe is filled with spiritual ideas, which He evolves, and they are obedient to the Mind that makes them.

83:16
The belief that the universe, including man, is governed in general by material laws, but that occasionally Spirit sets aside these laws,--this be-lief belittles omnipotent wisdom, and gives to matter the precedence over Spirit.  

97:5-13
  In reality, the more closely error simulates truth and so-called matter resembles its essence, mortal mind, the more impotent error becomes as a belief.  According to human belief, the lightning is fierce and the electric current swift, yet in Christian Science the flight of one and the blow of the other will become harmless.  The more destructive matter becomes, the more its nothingness will appear, until matter reaches its mortal zenith in illusion and forever disappears.

273:29-1
Science shows that material, conflicting mortal opinions and beliefs emit the effects of error at all times, but this atmosphere of mortal mind cannot be destructive to morals and health when it is opposed promptly and persistently by Christian Science.

505:17-20
The Psalmist saith: "The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea."

398:32 Evil

Evil has no power, no intelligence, for God is good, and therefore good is infinite, is All.  

597:27-30
WIND.  That which indicates the might of omnipotence and the movements of God's spiritual government, encompassing all things.  Destruction; anger; mortal passions.

93:17-18
Destructive electricity is not the offspring of infinite good.

67:4-6
When the ocean is stirred by a storm, then the clouds lower, the wind shrieks through the tightened shrouds, and the waves lift themselves into mountains.

192:11-19
Erring power is a material belief, a blind miscalled force, the offspring of will and not of wisdom, of the mortal mind and not of the immortal.  It is the headlong cataract, the devouring flame, the tempest's breath.  It is lightning and hurricane, all that is selfish, wicked, dishonest, and impure.  
Moral and spiritual might belong to Spirit, who holds the "wind in His fists;" and this teaching accords with Science and harmony.

67:7-13
We ask the helmsman: "Do you know your course?  Can you steer safely amid the storm?"  He answers bravely, but even the dauntless seaman is not sure of his safety; nautical science is not equal to the Science of Mind.  Yet, acting up to his highest understanding, firm at the post of duty, the mariner works on and awaits the issue.

306:25
Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses, Science, still enthroned, is unfolding to mortals the immutable, harmonious, divine Principle, --is unfolding Life and the universe, ever present and eternal.
 
209:5-8
Mind, supreme over all its formations and governing them all, is the central sun of its own systems of ideas, the life and light of all its own vast creation; and man is tributary to divine Mind.

240:1-11
Nature voices natural, spiritual law and divine Love, but human belief misinterprets nature.  Arctic regions, sunny tropics, giant hills, winged winds, mighty billows, verdant vales, festive flowers, and glorious heavens,--all point to Mind, the spiritual intelligence they reflect.  The floral apostles are hieroglyphs of Deity.  Suns and planets teach grand lessons.  The stars make night beautiful, and the leaflet turns naturally towards the light.  
In the order of Science, in which the Principle is above what it reflects, all is one grand concord.

119:17
In one sense God is identical with nature, but this nature is spiritual and is not expressed in matter.  The lawgiver, whose lightning palsies or prostrates in death the child at prayer, is not the divine ideal of omnipresent Love.  God is natural good, and is represented only by the idea of goodness; while evil should be regarded as unnatural, because it is opposed to the nature of Spirit, God.  

124:20

 Adhesion, cohesion, and attraction are properties of Mind.  They belong to divine Principle, and support the equipoise of that thought-force, which launched the earth in its orbit and said to the proud wave, "Thus far and no farther."

293:13-16,21
The material so-called gases and forces are counterfeits of the spiritual forces of divine Mind, whose potency is Truth, whose attraction is Love, whose adhesion and cohesion are Life, perpetuating the eternal facts of being.

There is no vapid fury of mortal mind--expressed in earthquake, wind, wave, lightning, fire, bestial ferocity --and this so-called mind is self-destroyed.  The manifestations of evil, which counterfeit divine justice, are called in the Scriptures, "The anger of the Lord."  In reality, they show the self-destruction of error or matter and point to matter's opposite, the strength and permanency of Spirit.  Christian Science brings to light Truth and its supremacy, universal harmony, the entireness of God, good, and the nothingness of evil.  

209:16-30
The compounded minerals or aggregated substances composing the earth, the relations which constituent masses hold to each other, the magnitudes, distances, and revolutions of the celestial bodies, are of no real importance, when we remember that they all must give place to the spiritual fact by the translation of man and the universe back into Spirit.  In proportion as this is done, man and the universe will be found harmonious and eternal.  
Material substances or mundane formations, astronomical calculations, and all the paraphernalia of speculative theories, based on the hypothesis of material law or life and intelligence resident in matter, will ultimately vanish, swallowed up in the infinite calculus of Spirit.

288:10
When the final physical and moral effects of Christian Science are fully apprehended, the conflict between truth and error, understanding and belief, Science and material sense, foreshadowed by the prophets and inaugurated by Jesus, will cease, and spiritual harmony reign.  The lightnings and thunderbolts of error may burst and flash till the cloud is cleared and the tumult dies away in the distance.  Then the raindrops of divinity refresh the earth.  As St. Paul says: "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God" (of Spirit).  

444:10
Step by step will those who trust Him find that "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

Hymn 74  
Hymn 144, 145  
Hymn 359

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