Opening the door to healing

An important element in our prayers is our expectation that God does heal and a willingness to trust in His law.

When people begin to study Christian Science seriously—to seek the spirituality that Christ Jesus taught—they often find their lives changed. Whatever was bleak and painful, seemingly shut off from the goodness of God, is swallowed up in the inspired sense of God's presence in their lives. The Biblical promise in Revelation becomes a tangible part of their experience: "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." Rev. 3:20.

At some point, though, for many of us, there may come a specific problem or a time when our efforts to pray and study seem ineffectual. The door through which the spiritually sustaining meal comes seems slammed shut and locked tight. We long for fulfillment of Revelation's promise, but to no avail. How do we open the door?

One way is to recognize that we are all children of God and that nothing can interfere with, or impose rules and requirements that are at variance with, God's law of good. Or we can hold to the thought that God loves us, always, no matter what. The door may also open with the prayer that acknowledges the kingdom of heaven here, now, as our concrete experience and not just some far-off abstraction.

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From the Directors
November 13, 1989

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