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Religious Reflections

Religious accomplishments by women

by Donna Homer

In the month of March I like to reflect on important accomplishments of women, as this is "Women in History Month."

The mark that women have made along religious lines should be recognized and applauded. The first woman I think of is the Virgin Mary, who led such a pure life she was chosen by God to be the mother of Christ Jesus.

The Bible tells us about Abigail, Nabal's wife, who save her and her people from being slain because of her bravery in going to David and taking the blame for her husband's wrong actions.

There is Ruth, who stood by her mother-in-law and provided for her, also Mary Magdalane, who after being forgiven of her sins followed Jesus and was privileged to be the first to see him after he had risen.

Then there is another Mary, more in recent history, who was born in the 1800's, Mary Baker Eddy. Here was another brave woman raised in a very religious home, but because of ill health sought many ways for healing. When all meaterial means failed and she was on her death bed, she read in the Bible a healing Jesus had done that gave her a glimpse of God's healing power. She rose healed from her bed and continued to strive to discover the spiritual truths that the disciples practiced.

After three years of persistent prayer and Bible searching she discovered what she called healing truths and wrote it all down in a book, "Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures." She wanted so sincerely to share what she had found so that all could benefit.

Her struggles to dothis were many. The printers didn't want to print a book a woman had written, she lacked funds, people who had beenher students turned on her, she fought lawsuits and won. Some claimed she was not the author of the book, even though today a library with her name contains more than 500,000 documents, some of which show the pages she had hand-written.

Her struggles finally began to pay off. She gathered more students and taught them to heal. As people began to be healed, word spread, a church was built, the teachings spread abroad and "Science & Health" began to be published in other languages. She established a daily newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor, which has won many Pulitzer prizes and is today held in high regard by members of Congress, etc. In recent years she was recognized by our Congress for her achievements.

Gillian Gill, a non-Christian Scientist, studied Mary Baker Eddy's life extensively and wrote the latest biography of her life. This biography was one that a playwright has used to help him (another non-Christian Scientist) with a play he is writing, called "Heaven's Balcony." This man, Jerry Taylor, was so impressed with Baker's life that he thought it would make a good play. It will soon be premiered in Issaquah. This is one I want to be sure to see.

I am so grateful that there were brave women in our history who persevered to make a difference in our world. I am also grateful that women are being accepted more and more as equals tomen in our society.

In the Bible, Genesis 1:27, it states, "So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them." To me, this means that both men and women are created in God's image and have equal capabilities to achieve whatever God would have them accomplish to glorify Him.

To read "Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures," go to your local library or purchase it at Barnes & Nobles. To learn more, log on to: marybakereddy/library.com or spirituality.com.

??Donna Homer is a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Sunnyside.

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