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As my computer continued to crash, I realized my technical skills were no match at all for the chaos cascading across my screen. A document, or at least what once was one, glowed dimly. Was any data still salvageable? Frustration, like a heavy surf, overwhelmed me. So did complaint. But venting those frustrations and complaints brought me no comfort at all.
Time passed. The following morning, I noticed what may or may not have been there all along. An icon on the screen signaled that I had “new mail.” To my surprise, the e-mail came from an editor at this magazine. The e-mail began, “We were thinking that a Sentinel cover story on dealing effectively with ‘frustration’ would be so great to have.” Initially, I felt like the last guy on the planet who should write about conquering frustration. Then, I reconsidered. Was it as if God was giving me a second chance? Additionally, for reasons that humanly remained a mystery, my computer was now functioning flawlessly.
I gained spiritual conviction. I reasoned prayerfully. I knew that the one God is the Mind and Love of us all, and He is there for each of us. We are God’s likeness, His expression, His manifestation. What does that mean? For one of us to be truly frustrated, the Almighty would first have to be frustrated—a thing not about to happen. The God that is Mind knows each idea in all its eternal perfection. The God that is Love cherishes each idea in all its goodness. We remain obedient to the law of Mind. In truth, we express God’s assurance, quietude, and freedom from frustration or from feeling offended. Only what is in the original can show up in the expression of the original. In truth, Love is the lawful original. We are Love’s expression. Is divine Love ever frustrated? No. Could Love’s expression ever be? Double no.
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About the author
Channing Walker is a Christian Science practitioner in Mountain Center, California.
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My grandsons' 'church work'
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Healing in the hair salon
Helena Rhonda Bullion
Spirituality and service in Costa Rica
Return to alertness and freedom
Growth on head healed
Donald R. Gregory
Healing of damaged tendon
The un-invisible man