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2005

A community of healers

I will never forget the first time I walked into a Church of Christ, Scientist. I had gone there looking for Mary Baker Eddy’s book  Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

Prayer—and the perfect tan

Whether you head for the beach during a winter break or wait until summer, there’s nothing quite like being out in the sun. Everyone in my family loves to be outdoors.

In times of natural disaster, listen for God's voice

Having lived most of my life in the Los Angeles area, I’ve had my share of experiences with earthquakes. While I don’t relish the thought of another, they no longer terrify me and I’ve learned pretty important lessons along the way.

A spiritual agenda for the New Year

From the tragedy of 9/11—and all the challenges growing out of that event—to last year’s tsunami, the war in Iraq, the worst hurricane season on record and the suffering resulting from the earthquake in Pakistan, it has seemed as though the world is under siege. How do we gain a sense of peace? First, I find it important to recognize that what we have witnessed is not actually a new phenomenon, just happening in our lifetime.

"The music in The Mother Church shall not be operatic"

During the December 2005 live chat event “ How hymns provide comfort and healing ” with Dr. Peter Hodgson, a visitor asked about the use of the word  operatic  in the music By-Law, Article XIX in the  Manual of The Mother Church,  regarding this statement: “The music in The Mother Church shall not be operatic, but of an appropriate religious character and of a recognized standard of musical excellence.

The Christmas story brought healing to my grief

This will be the first Christmas I’ll celebrate without my wonderful husband, Robert. He passed on this year and I’m on my own.

I found Christmas joy in the peace of the Christ

We’re right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. Making lists (and checking them at least twice) fills our days.

Renewal—it's a promise for 2006

“Happy New Year!” It’s an invitation for all to rejoice in the anticipation of a new beginning. It’s a recognition that things can be made better in our lives and in the world.

Rewriting your résumé

It had been a while since my last freelance job. I’d searched the employment ads and pursued leads, but nothing resulted in a job offer.

Christ: present at Christmas and always

During a Christmas visit to Germany, I enjoyed being part of my hosts’ holiday activities. This included opening the doors of an Advent calendar, with a little window for each of the first 25 days of December.