"Isn't he like his Father!"

Prayer that heals begins with the truth —the truth of man's spiritual perfection.

When we ask for help in Christian Science, what are we really asking for? A physical healing, the resolution of a discordant situation, a good job, more money? Of course we want that healing, harmony instead of discord, interesting worthwhile work, supply that is assured. But when someone sits down quietly to pray for us, he or she doesn't start with thought focused on these objectives.

Mrs. Eddy once wrote to one of her students: "Christian Science is absolute; it is neither behind the point of perfection nor advancing towards it; it is at this point and must be practised therefrom. Unless you fully perceive that you are the child of God, hence perfect, you have no Principle to demonstrate and no rule for its demonstration." The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 242.

Cross-bearing, spirituality, and healing
May 14, 1990

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