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It’s natural to pray

The editorial on the facing page reminded me of how prayer has been an integral part of my life since I was a child. Not a day passes that I do not pray to God—acknowledging His presence, seeking His guidance, and thanking Him for His love and care.

Why prayer appeals to Americans

For more than six decades, many Americans have participated in National Prayer Day, an event designated by law to fall on the first Thursday in May. But they may have done so with little knowledge of how many others pray or how they pray.

'Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein'

Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein. — Psalms 96:12.

It was gone!

One day at school, I was writing, and I felt something on my hand. It was a hard bump.

Feeling the comfort and care of divine Love

I was at a weekly testimony meeting at my branch Church of Christ, Scientist, recently, where someone gave a testimony that, in part, discussed how God is always taking care of us, His children, even if we are not acknowledging or looking for it right then. I, too, have seen this to be true.

Dominion over adverse conditions

Last fall, out-of-control wildfires throughout California brought firefighters from as far away as Australia and occupied the news for months. The “Rough Fire,” west of the local Sierra Nevada Mountains, continued unconfined for weeks.

Shake off the dust!

After I give our dog a bath, he shakes vigorously. This gets the water off much more effectively than my rubbing him with a towel.

Hearing God’s voice brings healing

What do we really need when we’re yearning to experience healing and progress in our lives? Do we need to get God to fix a physical body, or give us more money, or change that difficult person at work? What we really need when we’re striving for progress and wholeness is a clear, inspired sense of divine reality. What is divine reality? It’s what God knows about His infinite, perfect selfhood and His flawless spiritual creation.

When praying, leave the answer to God

An important first step in asking God to help us in some manner is to be truly willing to take the issue to our Father-Mother God and then listen, rather than outline the desired result. God doesn’t take orders from man, a point Mary Baker Eddy makes in her definition of Mind (one of the seven synonyms she uses for God), which reads in part: “Deity, which outlines but is not outlined” ( Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.

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Christian Science Sentinel—Audio Podcast Five smooth stones by Virginia Anders Virginia loves to read the Bible. While reading the story of David and Goliath, she saw new meaning in David’s weapon choice.