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FREED FROM DEPRESSION
About seven years ago, I became gripped by an overwhelming self-consciousness and fear. I was almost constantly afraid of making mistakes. I felt a great pressure to be "perfect" all the time, and that this "perfection" was my responsibility. It was a terrifying burden to be constantly comparing myself to a standard of human flawlessness, and I lived in fear of not measuring up. The fear left me feeling depressed and trapped.
After a while, I called a Christian Science practitioner and asked her to pray for me. Part of our prayer was about correctly identifying me as the reflection of God. She and I both knew that there was no bad or guilty self connected to me as God's reflection. Still, I felt as though I was constantly under attack.
Months went by, and I thought of little except my desire to be healed. I could not see a way out of this depressed state, yet I knew with unshakeable conviction that there is nothing that can't be healed by God. At times I felt so weighed down by what I thought was my responsibility to be perfect that I knew it was only the promise of healing that allowed me to see any worth in living.
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Time out for prayer
SUZANNE SMEDLEY, STAFF EDITOR
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Joyce Howard Price, Kristen Tagami
BY MARGARET ROGERS
'HOW DO YOU PRAY FOR YOURSELF DAILY?'
with contributions from CALI MCCLURE, RUSS GERBER, ROBIN WEILAND, LOUIS BENJAMIN, HAZEL JONES, CAROL RULLMAN, KLAUS-HENDRIK HERR
On praying daily
MARY BAKER EDDY
STICK with GOD
BY VERONA T. GARCIA
IS WHAT YOU SEE REALLY WHAT YOU GET?
BY SUSAN ELS
NO LIMITS/INFINITE POSSIBILITIES
BY ANN STEWART
'INCLUDE EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE'
SAILBOAT RACING—THE GREAT EQUALIZER
MUSIC ON TAP
FREED FROM DEPRESSION
FREEDOM FROM BACK PAIN AND WALKING DIFFICULTY
'FEELING GOD'S LOVE HEALED ME'
ELIZABETH I. CAHOON-JACKSON