Healing family discord through Christian Science

[Name withheld by request]

Family as an ideal represents many things: physical and emotional security; unconditional, constant love; a quiet retreat from each day's challenges. Too often however, strife, abuse, or loneliness seems to be characteristic of the human family. The study and practice of Christian Science show that family discord can be healed through prayer.

Often as a child and in the following years, I yearned for a family in which there was shared joy, an atmosphere of harmony and demonstrated love. I knew the members of my family loved each other, but as in many families, there was often conflict when we were together. Even at times of relative harmony, I would be on edge, afraid inharmony would erupt at any moment. Family times were not happy times for me. Later as an adult, single and living alone, I longed for my own family, one more harmonious than I felt I had.

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