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Writing a paper? How about some divine help?

From the May 15, 2000 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


For the first couple of years of high school, I cruised through English classes, because I could write pretty well. Then, I hit a wall. I had to write a major paper on a book I didn't understand or even like. I couldn't find a single theme in the book worth writing about. And when some ideas were suggested, I couldn't find the words to elaborate on them.

I completed the whole paper, editing and all, in one afternoon.

Panic set in as the due-date got closer. Feeling pretty desperate, I prayed. As I reached out to God for help, a couple of reassuring truths came to me. First, I realized that God is the one and only divine Mind, the source of all intelligence and of every right idea. Second, I knew that God is infinite Love, my ever-present support and guide. It was so comforting to put these two concepts together and to see that Mind, the source of good ideas, is also Love, which would never withhold anything good from Her children. Our Father-Mother God sends each of us a continuous flow of ideas—as well as the unlimited vision and creativity to use them.

As I thought about these truths, I became quiet and fearless. The anxiety over my unwrittem paper was replaced with a sureness that God was equal to communicating to and through me— and that I was equal to hearing and following His direction. A passage from Mary Baker Eddy's book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures describes this awesome way of looking at every creative activity. Speaking of God as infinite Mind, Spirit, and Soul, she writes: "Mind is not necessarily dependent upon educational processes. It possesses of itself all beauty and poetry, and the power of expressing them. God, is heard when the senses are silent. We are all capable of more than we do. The influence or action of Soul confers a freedom, which explains the phenomena of improvisation and the fervor of untutored lips" (p. 89).

Close on the heels of my renewed feeling of oneness with God came a breakthrough: a topic came to mind that I could get excited about. After that, the words flowed. I completed the whole paper, editing and all, in one afternoon.

So much good came from this experience. I grew to love the book I'd written about. I received a high grade and some great comments from my teacher. Best of all, though, my trust in divine Mind as the source and communicator of every good idea deepened a lot. To this day, it feels natural to open my thought to God's guidance whenever I have something to write. The stream of ideas that prayer releases is amazing!

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