Praying together

When a family faces a challenge, each individual's prayer can contribute to healing.

We've found that family unity, as it symbolizes spiritual unity, has had special significance for our practice of Christian healing through reliance on prayer. Although each of us obeys Paul's admonition "Work out your own salvation," Phil. 2:12. praying together has made a significant contribution to understanding spiritual unity and love. In addition to giving one another loving, and perhaps specific, prayerful support, we've seen that facing challenges together can play a specific role in the growing understanding of God for which Christian Scientists strive. And as we have gained a more spiritual sense of our family, we have perceived something of the perfect unity of God and His idea, man.

The treatment of discord and disease in Christian Science must always involve individual awakening to a new view of the unchanging goodness and harmony of God and all that He has caused to be—His infinite spiritual creation. Such individual awakening shows evil's claim of discord and disease to be impossible in the spiritual actuality of man and the universe, corrects the false sense of evil, and thus brings healing. And working together toward healing can bring a unity of awakening thought and spiritual insight that strengthens each individual's efforts.

Facing trying human experiences together can also help us see more of the true harmony and spiritual unity that marriage and family represent. As husband and wife, we shared such an experience when a life-threatening disorder struck one of our very valued and loved young horses. We witnessed a consistency and continuity of God-imparted spiritual insight that resulted in the healing of this frightening condition. We'd like to share that experience with you from our individual perspectives.

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