What if?

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.

My eyes were all better
June 11, 2007

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