Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Glad Wrap Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Glad Wrap Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Gladness played an integral part in the healing of a man who once edited The Home Forum section in which these articles appear. He was healed, through prayer, of a form of paralysis that left him unable to walk or even stand for almost 10 years. Doctors had said that there was "little likelihood of cure."

As a fellow journalist, I came to know this man, Peter, quite well. And I loved to hear him tell the story of his first foray alone into the big wide world after being bedridden for so long. That day, he hobbled with crutches onto a city bus, where a churlish, ill- tempered man sat down beside him and showed displeasure at Peter's smile.

"We've all got something to be grateful for, haven't we?" Peter volunteered. "Like what?" growled the man. "Well, you could be grateful you have money for the bus, or you would be walking." "I suppose you have everything you need!" "No," Peter said to him, pointing to the crutches that were tucked along the side of the bus, "this is the first time I've been out alone in many years." "Oh, so you're glad just because you're here?" "No, I'm here ... because I was glad." Later, Peter explained that through all those years of patient prayer and anticipation of healing, he did have much to be glad about. He always felt spiritual progress going on. He said that as he prayed, "great spiritual joy filled me - joy that God governed and nothing could interfere with His purpose of present perfection and satisfaction for all.... The recognition of good's allness and evil's nothingness followed and irresistibly took charge of the physical condition" (see "A Century of Christian Science Healing"; Boston: The Christian Science Publishing Society, 1966, pgs. 156-157). There are no fewer than 124 variations of the word glad in the King James Bible, 21 of them associated with the word rejoice. Perhaps the best-known expressions of gladness are found in the psalms. To take just a few examples: "I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. …

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