Prayerful Stillness—An Asset to Healing

"This is a healing church." I overheard this remark while leaving a Church of Christ, Scientist, one Sunday morning after an especially inspiring service. I knew that the members of this church always worked prayerfully before the service to establish a healing atmosphere, but now more than ever I sought an answer to the question, "What constitutes a healing atmosphere?"

Is it not the quiet realization of God's allness, the conviction that His healing power and presence fill all space, lifting thought above fear to the consciousness of love, peace, and harmony, that blesses the congregation? The prophet Zechariah admonished the people of his time: "Be silent, O all flesh, before the Lord: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation." Zech. 2:13; Silencing the material senses enables us to feel our oneness with God and to hear His voice.

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