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When friends first started asking me to pray for them as a Christian Science practitioner, I was tempted to focus on helping them satisfy their immediate wants—a job, house, car, or soul mate. Maybe a better body, good health, or just wise advice. But I knew this wasn't what I was to do as a practitioner, and wouldn't have been meeting the deeper need in any given instance.
A story in the Bible's book of Acts alerted me to the importance of distinguishing between what an individual thinks he or she wants and what's really needed, as well as what is required of me spiritually in order to meet the deeper need for healing.
About the author
Maggi Foerster practices and teaches Christian Science healing in Los Gatos, California.
with contributions from TIMOTHY LEECH, SUE NELSON, VICKI R. KNICKERBOCKER, MARILYN MCPHERSON, ROD SAVOYE
MAIKE BYRD, CHILDREN'S EDITOR
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Toby Sterling
AWAKENED TO A WORLD CRYING OUT FOR HEALING
WARREN BOLON with contributions from MICHAEL PABST, MARGARET ROGERS, MARY (TRINKA) TRAMMELL
HOW HAS CHRISTIAN SCIENCE CLASS INSTRUCTION PREPARED YOU TO BE A HEALER IN THE WORLD?
with contributions from JOPLE VAN HONSCHOOTEN, CARYL EMRA FARKAS, ENRIQUE SMEKE, SHELLY RICHARDSON, NEERA KAPUR, TOM MCELROY, J. J. SWAN
GOD IS IN THE DEEP
BY BOB MARTIN
Song for a healer
BY MARGARET FOERSTER
My eyes were all better
Haley Van Patten
'STRIKING DOWN DEEP TO THE ROCK'
SUBSTANDARD OR GOD-STANDARD WORK?
FREE FROM FACIAL PARALYSIS
JACKLYN J. WILLIAMS
BREATHING DIFFICULTY HEALED
VICTORY OVER PAIN
MICHAEL B. MILLER