Last Sunday, I was in Pasadena. Normally in England, I go to my church here in Ilford, so I took a stroll to the local church, the Church of Christ Jesus, Scientist.
This is a great church, started with the work of Mrs Mary Baker Eddy, whose story is worth reading as an inspiration of a woman who found courage and inspiration in the works of Christ, and was inspired to write Science and Health with a Key to the Scriptures. I have read that book, and benefited from improved health and improved outlook.
The church building in Pasadena is beautiful, with an inscription from Christ :
"If you believeth on me, you shall do great things;
you shall do greater things than me;
for I go on my Father"
I thought of the parable of Christ, where He turns two fish into five hundred, and provides water for the many.
It occured to me, that that is the same as a man who spends 500 at a club but could instead distribute a dollar each to many, people who are obviously in need.
A few days later, on a bridge in a mall in Las Vegas, I had the good fortune to buy a bottle of water for a dollar. This bottle retails for 99 cents in the cheapest store. This was a great spirit, selling water to the thirsty, doing good deeds. As I turned, I realised, that she was the same good spirit I had bought water from in the Ajanta and Ellora caves in India about eight years ago. Once again, I realised, this is the good spirit that has come to bless me, and others who drink from her.
I wish you a happy Sunday, and may you give generously to those in need.