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There are times prayer begins with a heartfelt, “Please, God, help me …” or “Please, give me … .” There are other times when the most helpful basis for prayer is simply to be thankful for what is real; in other words, for what is actually present. This approach goes way beyond just the glass half-empty versus the glass half-full perspective, where one is to be patiently grateful for whatever little is in the glass. It’s to begin with the infinitude of God. It is in God that we find our true and abundantly capable selves. In God, your glass isn’t just half full; it’s constantly overflowing, as the Bible puts it in the 23rd Psalm.
Rather than looking for a person to complete you, for a job or location to complete you, for a social or economic situation to complete you, in reality, it’s only in God that you can find your absolute wholeness. As the offspring or reflection of God, divine Love, your identity literally is Spirit’s self-expression.
About the author
Mark Swinney is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, who teaches his classes in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He’s also a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship.