Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Opinions and Prayer ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Opinions and Prayer ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Before the War with Iraq began, I spent lots of time trying to figure out how I felt about what was going on. One day I'd read a newspaper article and feel one way about things; then the next day I'd hear something on TV and change my mind. After a couple of weeks, I asked myself why I kept going back and forth and couldn't come to any stand on the issues.

I decided to be quiet and listen for God's direction. The answer I received surprised me.

What God told me was to stop trying so hard to form an opinion and to spend more time listening to the ideas He was giving me. That has changed my entire approach to dealing with the many war-related issues.

I haven't stopped reading or watching the news. But now I spend more of my time praying and listening for God's healing messages rather than trying to figure out my opinion. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, wrote in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "The one Mind, God, contains no mortal opinions" (pg. 399). What the one Mind does include are powerful, spiritual truths that bring progress and healing when we are willing to acknowledge and love them and follow their direction.

The more time I spend listening for God's ideas and direction instead of getting caught up in my own or others' opinions, the more compassion and love I feel for everyone. And I feel more peaceful. Rather than disengaging me from the world, prayer engages me more constructively with it.

Committing myself to prayer doesn't mean that I never take a stand on an issue. It means that my focus, the majority of my time and effort, is dedicated to pursuing answers from God, Mind, rather than from the human mind. I have found listening to divine Mind much more inspiring and reliable than depending on the human mind.

A couple of years ago I was laid off from a job that I loved. Not only did I feel that this was a big mistake, but others told me they felt the same way. It was hard not to get bogged down in these strong opinions.

I tried to pray, but at first all I did was keep telling God what I thought - that this was not supposed to have happened and the timing was all wrong. …

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