Christian Science healing: divinely natural

Effective prayer isn't tricky and it isn't inherently difficult. But is it easy?

A friend who is not a Christian Scientist recently observed, half humorously, "With all the studying you do and have been doing for years, healing in Christian Science ought to get easier." And then she asked—seriously—"Does it? Does it get easier?"

I replied rather automatically, using her word, that it does get "easier." But the conversation stayed with me, and I felt later that my quick response had not been quite right. What did eventually come to thought startled me, as answers sometimes do when they come to us after prayerful listening.

Mrs. Eddy often uses a word which it seems to me better describes healing as it is practiced in Christian Science. She thought of it as natural, and in her Miscellaneous Writings she wrote of Christ Jesus, upon whose mission, teachings, and healings she established her own lifework and the Church she founded, "It was the consummate naturalness of Truth in the mind of Jesus, that made his healing easy and instantaneous."

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"I was impatient to be somewhere else"
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