Healing through prayer, not rationalization

We don't talk ourselves into spiritual healing. There is a divine law that underlies the effects of true prayer.

Having one's toes trodden on—whether mentally or physically—isn't a pleasant experience. Embarrassment, humiliation, a deep sense of injustice, aren't easy to take. And when one's feelings are injured, it's difficult to resist reacting in some way.

Some years ago I found myself in this situation. After I'd been engaged in important work for the community, work involving considerable preparation and expense, my assignment was unexpectedly terminated. I was deeply disappointed, especially as I had been informed that my work was well reported. Although I had been given to understand from the outset that my assignment was for a limited period, many of my colleagues were continuing in the work, so it seemed logical to expect that my assignment would also continue.

Endeavoring to overcome my disappointment and sense of injustice, I consoled myself by reasoning that my work, however valuable, was less important than the overall needs of the organization that employed me. Although this helped me to regain a feeling of peace, I failed to realize that I had not prayed deeply enough. I had only swept my disappointment under a carpet of rationalization.

Fruitage from focus on Science and Health
September 6, 1993

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