Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick.
Mary Baker Eddy
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (pps. 476-477).
It amazes me that our movement had not yet really handled this belief. We as LGBT Christian Scientists demand a cure! And we have it right at hand. It should be simple. So why the delay? Are we all ( Gay and homophobe alike) too much handled by side issues like self righteousness, judgementalism, shame, belief we are sinners, belief in malpractice, and I’m sure, many others.
Member, Board of Directors – Emergence International – 12/01/2013
When AIDS is an uncomfortable and untouchable subject, the disease spreads. But when we bring it to the fore, when we aren’t afraid to confront it, information spreads. Compassion spreads. The cure spreads. Please, help me spread the cure.
It comes down to a simple equation, really. If you give love out, you get love back. If you take nothing else from the stories I’ve told here, please take that lesson to heart. It is the only thing that matters. It is why we need a global movement for love, and not just when it comes to AIDS. We need to love the poor, we need to love the sick, and we need to love those who we perceive as different. If love guides our actions, we can end AIDS. If love drives our actions, we can build a better world.
LOVE IS THE CURE ON LIFE, LOSS, AND THE END OF AIDS
One of the things about getting to the end of your life is that you become aware of what is important and what is not important. There’s a certain type of wisdom that enters into you when you have nothing left to lose.
Toward the end of that process, that’s when I sat at the piano. I played all day long, all these churchy chords, I just played and played. I knew that the music, whether the vibrations or the exertion of creation, had had a measurable physical effect on my body. I suddenly felt strong.
Steve Schalchlin, 59
YEAR OF DIAGNOSIS: 1993
Let’s World AIDS Day 2013 be a day of reflection, remembrance, and awareness. It is not that we are celebrating HIV/AIDS but that we celebrate victories won.
The theme for this year is “Getting to Zero” which means zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, zero babies born with HIV and zero deaths from AIDS related illnesses.
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World AIDS Day 2013: Prayers, Poetry, Meditations For Hope And Healing
Posted: 12/01/2013 8:34 am EST
December 1, 2013
The Huffington Post – Religion
“Hope” is the Thing with Feathers
“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops – at all -
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -
I’ve heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.
by Emily Dickinson
*Photos – Act Up’s 25th Anniversary Offers Chance To Reflect On AIDS Activism’s
Prayer that From Suffering, Rejection, and Loss May Come Strength
God of mercy and creator of all: We pray for all those afflicted with AIDS, their loved ones, and all care-givers and researchers, that from suffering, rejection and loss may come strength, compassion and faith, and that we may be healed of fear and moved to give support to those in need. In the name of Jesus, the healer and friend of all, AMEN.
Salutation to the Dawn
Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence:
The bliss of growth;
The glory of action;
The splendor of achievement;
For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision;
But today, well lived, makes every yesterday
a dream of happiness,
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Prayer for Persons Living With HIV/AIDS
Almighty and immortal God, as you have promised to comfort, the sick, the lonely, and the despised, incline your ear to your people who live with AIDS and speedily defend and deliver them. Through Jesus Christ our savior, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. AMEN.
-Randolph Lloyd Frew, Praying with HIV/AIDS
The Maryknoll AIDS Task Force Prayer
God of all compassion, comfort your sons and daughters who live with HIV. Spread over us all your quilt of mercy, love and peace.
Open our eyes to your presence reflected in their faces. Open our ears to your truth echoing in their hearts.
Give us the strength to weep with the grieving, to walk with the lonely, to stand with the depressed.
May our love mirror your love for those who live in fear, who live under stress and who suffer rejection.
Mothering, fathering God grant rest to those who have died and hope to all who live with HIV.
God of life, help us to find the cure now and help us to build a world in which no one dies alone and where everyone lives accepted wanted and loved.
-Provided by the Maryknoll sisters of the San Salvador Diocesan HIV/AIDS program and the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance
Pour Out Your Spirit Upon Person Living With AIDS
O God, whose heart burns with compassion and love for your whole creation, pour out your
Spirit upon persons living with AIDS, their families and loved ones, and grant hope and peace in our days. Through Jesus Christ our Savior. AMEN.
-Randolph Lloyd Frew, Praying with HIV/AIDS
For Times of Fear
Almighty God, the Refuge of all that are distressed, grant unto us that, in all trouble of this our mortal life, we may flee to the knowledge of Thy loving kindness and tender mercy; that so, sheltering ourselves therein, the storms of life may pass over us, and not shake the peace of God that is within us. Whatsoever this life may bring us, grant that it may never take from us the full faith that Thou art our Father. Grant us Thy light, that we may have life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for Protection of Girls
We are gathered together to affirm the humanity of the girl child. We celebrate the fact that the girl child was created in the image of God and is loved by God. We claim responsibility to protect the girl child and give her the opportunity to grow without fear of being abused by anyone. We pray for a safe environment that is created by all for the safety of the girl child. Amen.
via: Churchworldservice.org and and are adapted from Dube, M., Africa Praying: A Handbook on HIV/AIDS
Rainbow Over Hope Road
And for just that instant
when from Hope Road
we watched the rainbow cut
across the robust body
of the Blue Mountains
the way the sun seemed
filtered and the light clean
as peace; when the gleam
of quick color bounced
giddily off of the cars;
in that instant we breathed;
and I was glad we could
share this together-
this fleeting lasting thing.
Prayers for Healing
Let us pray for the needs of all those living with HIV/AIDS (especially ____________), that God’s never-failing love may enfold them; that all who care for them may be strengthened in that ministry; and that the church may be to them a place of refuge where Christ is made known.
Let us pray for recovery from sickness, that God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of the suffering, may mercifully hear our prayers and grant to ______________ healing power, that in Christ their sickness may be turned to health and our sorrow to joy.
Let us pray for those who serve in the professions of healing, that God may guide physicians and nurses and all those called to practice the arts of healing. Strengthen them by your spirit so that the health of all people may be promoted and Christ glorified.
Let us pray for the ministry of family and friends. Give strength and gentleness, patience and faithfulness to family members and friends. Let their love be in you, and by their ministry of love let your love be made known.
Let us pray for all those who depend upon our prayers. Blessed Lord, we ask your loving care and protection for those who are sick in body, mind, or spirit and who desire our prayers. Take from them all fears and help them put their trust in you, that they may feel your strong arms around them.
Prayer for Those in Need
Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
From the end of the earth will I call unto Thee, when my heart fainteth; lead me to a rock that is too high for me.
For Thou hast been a refuge for me, a tower of strength in the face of the enemy.
I will dwell in Thy Tent for ever; I will take refuge in the covert of Thy wings. Selah
-Psalms 61: 2-5, Tanakh (Jewish Publication Society, 1917)