Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A New Name: Fearless Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A New Name: Fearless Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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I noticed recently that two thrillers were playing at the movies, both with the word fear in the titles.

The promotional material for these films reminded me that there was a time when I was often afraid. I couldn't walk the streets at night without feeling apprehensive about becoming a victim of crime. There was also the threat of terrorism in my city, and an active political group was frequently planting bombs. One of these bombs went off in a mailbox moments after my dad had driven right by it.

In the years since then, I've learned better how to deal with fear. How? By becoming conscious of God's love and power. By learning how understanding God brings signs of safety into one's experience. Now, instead of identifying myself as fearful - full of fear, I try to be prayerful - full of prayer. I pray to God about everything, including serious concerns such as crime and terrorism. Because I've seen that practical proofs of healing have resulted from my efforts to understand God more and more, I've become convinced prayer can heal anything. This brings inner peace. Anyone can find the same lessening of fear. No, this change for the better in me didn't come in a moment. And yet there were specific moments of progress in gaining freedom from fear. Many of these moments came through pondering the Scriptures and a companion book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," by Mary Baker Eddy, who founded the Church that publishes this newspaper. For instance, I vividly remember reading a passage in the Bible that helped me. The Revelator prophesied, "To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it" (2:17). In the Bible, manna was the name given to the substance that fed the Israelites daily while they wandered in the desert without other food. As I thought about this promise, it seemed to be saying that as we "overcome" materialistic thinking - thoughts that don't come from God - we are fed with the "hidden manna" of God's inspired thoughts. …

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