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A PERSON who frequently calls me to pray for her said recently, "You always have just the right answer." I was glad she felt the intended comfort of my words, but I immediately assured her, "No, I don't. But God certainly does."
When I humbly turn to God, I'm often surprised by the fresh, powerful, healing ideas that come. This helpful phenomenon is the effect of what I've come to think of as "one-fact reasoning."
Considering the myriad array of troubles today—in personal lives and in the world at large—it's not surprising that human reasoning can get so easily bogged down in the very problems it is trying to solve. Yet, reason we do. As the founder of this magazine, Mary Baker Eddy, pointed out in Science and Health, "Reason is the most active human faculty" (p. 327). How, then, can we reason in a way that will make a positive difference? How can we sort out fact from fiction, biased opinion from sound wisdom, personal reaction from caring response, and so on? Where do we start?
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About the author
Contributing editor Barbara Vining is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher. She lives in Perrysburg, Ohio.
with contributions from KAREN CARLSON, CHARLES LINDAHL, GEORGIA P. BULLOCH, ROBERT R. REINER
The blessing triad
WARREN BOLON, SENIOR WRITER
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from David Cook
THE BEATITUDES AND THE SIMPLE JOY OF CHRIST
BY CHANNING WALKER
'TRIUMPHANT SHOUTS OF BLISS'
BY BETH CAREY
THE BLESSING: A HAPPY PEACE, WITHOUT PAUSE
BY PARTRICIA KADICK
NO STOPLIGHTS ON THE RIVER
A SPIRITUAL APPROACH TO HEALING URBAN VIOLENCE
with contributions from VERTA DRIVER
How to be joyful
with contributions from David Barns, Will Skelton, Emily Merickel, Samantha Scott, Addy Bemis, Kevin Powers
JOY, A DAY AT A TIME
A FEAST OF INSPIRING MUSIC
KIM SHIPPEY, SENIOR WRITER
'WAIT, AND LOVE MORE...'
A PERSISTENT RASH COULDN'T WITHSTAND THE LOVE OF GOD
HEALED THROUGH LISTENING AND TRUSTING
COMPLETE RECOVERY FROM A FALL