Knowing What to Say

Often we are called upon to speak words that will comfort or encourage another. The one who needs such help may be burdened with grief, or he may be tormented with fear about his health or his business affairs. When such needs arise, how can we find the words equal to confronting them?

We are not likely to find those words if we accept the mortal picture of grief, illness, or trouble as real. It doesn't help at all to join in with lamentations over what appears to be an unhappy situation. Such conduct only makes one an ally of the problem. It magnifies rather than heals the difficulty.

To be of real help, we must begin by mentally denying the discord and affirming the presence of good. We must look away from the false, counterfeit sense of life in matter. We must be willing to put aside all concepts of ourselves or others as mortal and material. For the right words to come, we must wholeheartedly acknowledge the omnipotence and omnipresence of God, infinite Spirit, divine Love, and our inseparable oneness with Him.

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