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WHAT IT MEANS TO LEAN
"To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings." This is how Mary Baker Eddy began her major work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (p. vii), and I can say that this precious promise has come back to me so many times through the years that I've been a very grateful reader! Leaning on God has become the essential starting point for me in every prayer I pray.
Growing up, I found it helpful to think about "leaning on the sustaining infinite" as releasing myself from a personal sense of responsibility, moving toward a more complete trust in God. I would picture myself learning to swim, laying my head back in the water and feeling how the laws of buoyancy supported me so effortlessly and perfectly. I didn't have to create the laws of buoyancy because they already existed. The one thing I did have to do, though, was to trust those laws and relax into them in order to swim around freely.
It seems logical to me that Science and Health begins with a reference to leaning so readers realize that no matter how little they feel they know about the spiritual laws that govern the universe, or divine Science, they can always experience healing just by surrendering more completely to those laws.
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About the author
Susan Mack lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where she devotes a large part of her time to Christian healing. In addition, she loves to sing, play the guitar, and write songs.
with contributions from FRAN TURETSKY, DOROTHY LOMBARD, VICKI KNICKERBOCKER, CONOR STANAGE, BOB LAMB
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STEVE GRAHAM, SENIOR MANAGING EDITOR
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Margaret B. Guenther, Bruce Nolan
THE OLYMPICS: THEIRS AND OURS
BY JAMES SPENCER
THE RICH DIVERSITY OF GOD'S GIFTS
BY KIM SHIPPEY, SENIOR WRITER
Beyond doping to the promise of spiritual strength and power
NAME REMOVED BY REQUEST
THE SAVING CHRIST
BY MICHAEL HAMILTON
HERE IS YOUR HOME
BY ROBERT BULLOCK
WHEN GRIEF RECEDES
BY LAURA HILL
WHAT IT MEANS TO LEAN
BY SUSAN MACK
I FELL OFF THE BOAT
Channing ("Cha Cha")
IT'S ALL ABOUT SHARING
THE PARADOX OF POWER
NO LONGER STUCK ON REPLAY
A PRAYERFUL RESPONSE TO POLITICAL MUDSLINGING
FACIAL INJURY HEALED
GRATITUDE FOR MANY HEALINGS
FACIAL MARK DISAPPEARS THROUGH PRAYER