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Next in our biweekly series on how people have nurtured their public practice of Christian Science.
ANYONE CAN BE A HEALER
INSIDE THE CIRCLE OF LOVE
When I Was 13, a school friend asked me to pray for her. Recently, I came across a little book, in which I'd noted the thoughts that came to me while praying and the joy I felt at having been asked to help. This marked when God planted the seed in my heart that would grow and one day flower into the full-time practice of Christian Science.
When that moment came, it seemed that the timing couldn't have been worse. Our children were half-grown, the mortgage was nowhere near half-paid, and we had some debts. My husband had had to make a change in his business affairs that year, which meant his income initially dropped by one third. We'd done everything we could think of to make ends meet, including putting our house on the market. But even amid what looked like impossible financial circumstances, I knew that God's timing is never wrong, and that this long-cherished idea could come to fruition.
There were days, however, when I wondered if I'd ever make it. But even as the fears pounded in, I saw clearly that I was at a crossroads, and that there was no going back to my previous job. The current financial challenges had to be turned from a stumbling block into a spiritual foundation for my work as a healer. So I faced forward, and I prayed to understand more fully a particular aspect of God's nature—infinity. I pondered this day after day. And I began to see more clearly that God is infinite good, and that His unlimited abundance is reflected throughout His creation, which included each one of us. Then I realized with a shock that deep down in my thought was something like a heavy stone. It was disbelief that our chronic financial problems could ever be solved. It was a subtle mental argument that actually denied God and His goodness.
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MARILYN JONES, SENIOR WRITER
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Dean Ornish, Jen Waters
ESCAPE to reality
BY EVAN MEHLENBACHER
THE TRUTH breaks you free
BY LUISA CORNEJO
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BY DORIS AND TOYE OLAWUWO
BY SPIKE SQUIRE
WOMEN ON THE TECHNOLOGY FRONTIER
BY CHRISTINE SOLOMON
FILLING OUR PLACE
BY JAMAE WOLFRAM VAN ECK
Gifts God gives you
with contributions from Christine Brokensha, Kaitlin Morris, Ashley Morris, Michael McCall
INSIDE THE CIRCLE OF LOVE
YOUR PARENT, TOO
PAMELA VON RECKERS
WHAT DO YOU 'BE' FOR A LIVING?
DIANE P. DAILEY
SKIN CONDITION PERMANENTLY HEALED THROUGH PRAYER
SAFE FROM ATTACK
CLIFFORD KAPPS ERIKSEN
FULL HEARING RESTORED