Yes, today definitely needs you! Your best qualities are needed. Humble honesty is needed. Innate innocence is needed. Pure love is needed. Consistent patience and steadfast strength are needed. Tender kindness, empathy and compassion are needed. Faith, hope and charity are needed. Heartfelt prayers are needed. You are needed!
During the years in my role at Wide Horizon, I’ve often written or edited many letters and other documents for the Wide Horizon Board of Directors and others. A recent example that soon will be mailed to those folks on our mailing list is as follows:
We cordially invite you to attend the Wide Horizon 2021 Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 23, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. This year’s meeting will be presented virtually at this URL: widehorizon.org/annual-meeting/. If you would like an email reminder for this and future events, please sign up here: widehorizon.org/about/join-our-mailing-list/.
“Behold, today has need of you” is this year’s theme. The inspirational speaker will be Joan Hellmund, CS, of Fort Collins, Colorado. The following is a brief bio provided by our speaker:
“As an active member of a Protestant church growing up, I always loved the Bible, and yearned to better understand and live Jesus’ teachings. After learning about Christian Science from a friend, I began an intense year-long study of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, alongside the Bible. This study, along with many patiently answered questions, helped me accept more of God’s unchanging goodness, and how to better understand and obey the truths of the Bible. It also brought an unexpected healing of a longstanding disease, and then changed my life and career path. Nine years of work in the Committee on Publication office at the Mother Church, active membership in several branch churches, and the lives and healing lessons shared by fellow members and patients, continue to inspire and open up new vistas. The ongoing lessons learned include many healings my husband, Paul, and I have witnessed through relying on Christian Science in raising our two now-grown sons. Now living in Fort Collins, I’ve been listed in The Christian Science Journal as a Christian Science practitioner for over 10 years. I continue to marvel at Christian Science and its practical teachings that ‘with God all things are possible.’”
As in the past year, although there have been numerous new regulations and restrictions to navigate and implement, Wide Horizon continues to be a safe haven for Christian Scientists who need Christian Science nursing care. Wide Horizon also provides modest residential living on campus and continues to be a resource to the Christian Science community.
We are sincerely grateful to all donors for any contribution during this time. Regular donations in recognition of the importance of Christian Science nursing is important to the sustainability of Wide Horizon’s daily service to the community. The option of monthly giving to Wide Horizon is a great help. Every gift makes a difference!
In the words of Psalm 34:3, “O magnify the Lord with [us], and let us exalt His name together.”
All are welcome to Wide Horizon’s annual meeting!
Now, back to the title of this blog. It is derived from the words by William H. Burleigh of a hymn in the Christian Science Hymnal. Hymn 6 reads as follows:
Abide not in the realm of dreams,
O man, however fair it seems;
But with clear eye the present scan,
And hear the call of God and man.
Think not in sleep to fold thy hands,
Forgetful of thy Lord’s commands:
From duty’s claims no life is free,
Behold, today hath need of thee.
The present hour allots thy task,
For present strength and patience ask;
And trust His love whose sure supply
Meets all thy need abundantly.
D. Brian Boettiger