The only way a Church can go—or grow

Suppose you're a student of Christian Science and you believe something is wrong with one of the activities of your Church—the discontinuing of a program, say, or an editorial position of the Sentinel or The Christian Science Monitor, or publication of a particular book. Maybe your own branch church is doing something that has you upset.

What would be the most effective, powerful thing you could possibly do in regard to a concern of this kind? Wouldn't it be the same thing you would do quickly and with the greatest persistence if a family member needed help—in other words, wouldn't it require getting down to some serious praying?

To pray—and so to come into a fresh recognition of how very deeply we are to trust that God is perfectly governing His creation—is to grow in grace. This also entails a growing understanding that the very thing you feel certain is not right (if your assessment is correct) would nevertheless not be Christianly scientific fact but error. This understanding will mean a lessening of disturbed or reactive thought because you truly see that what is error does not have substance, power, or place in a universe that belongs wholly to God, who is Truth.

Prayer that heals—getting it right
November 18, 1991

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