The following was written in support of Church Alive, a focus of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, that explores the meaning and possibilities of awakening to the spiritual basis and impact of Church.

Praying for others lifts burdens

One Wednesday night when my husband came home late from work, he offered to take care of all five of our little children, including our small infant, so I could go to a church testimony meeting. I decided to go, but I was feeling overwhelmed with burdens and responsibilities. Before I left, I opened the Christian Science Hymnal, through tears, to the words: 

Is thy burden hard and heavy?Do thy steps drag wearily?Help to bear thy brother’s burden,God will bear both it and thee.(No. 360)

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