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Getting dumped right before Christmas was this author’s definition of the worst Christmas ever. Now what was she supposed to do while everyone else was celebrating? She was surprised to find that the answer began with getting a better understanding of the spiritual significance of Christmas.

After the storm

As a winter storm raged outside, this college student battled her own storm of feeling unworthy, unloved, and sick. But a single call to a Christian Science practitioner stopped the internal storm and allowed the light of healing to break through.

What does it mean to be a real man?

When it came to achievements on the playing field or sexual conquests, this author just wasn’t measuring up—and that caused him to doubt himself both as a person and a man. A turning point came when he began reevaluating his definition of what it means to be a man and choosing a new, spiritual sense of manhood as his model. 

The rivers... shall not overwhelm you

A small group of authors from the United States, Brazil, and France gathered for a unique meeting with some of our Sentinel editors. We discussed immigration, equity, honesty in character and in politics, identity, and more, with anticipation that effective, systematic prayer can reach those hearts hungering for stability, peace, and progress.

Hymn 278

The following words are from a hymn in the 1932 Christian Science Hymnal. Pilgrim on earth, home and heaven are within thee, Heir of the ages and child of the day.

Beyond taking sides on immigration reform

For those living in the United States, the issue of immigration reform is on the front pages once again.   From most perspectives, illegal immigration is a problem that is intractable, complex, deeply personal, and highly political.

Immigration and new neighbors

I was raised in a town where there are many immigrants. Growing up, we children played together and shared meals.

How can I pray for people in desperate straits?

If you see people who are homeless, addicted to drugs, or otherwise struggling, what can you do? This author shares how praying through her own perception of others has made a difference.

Can we stop fighting about politics?

When you’re having a political discussion, what’s your goal? To convince someone else how wrong they are? Taking an honest look at her own political discussions led this author to pray for a spiritual upgrade to her approach to politics.

When a political conversation turns into a debate, how can you respond in a way that really helps? This writer got a surprising response when he asked himself that very question in the middle of a heated political discussion with a friend.