Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Off to College -the Great Unknown?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Off to College -the Great Unknown?

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Soon many people will be beginning their long anticipated first year of college, and their questions may seem endless. Will I make friends? Will the classes be too hard? Am I up to the pressure to perform? What will my roommate be like? But with prayer, it's possible to go with confidence into what is - for the moment - the unknown.

Facing what's unfamiliar with the knowledge that God loves us and will always be with us - and that we are His children - makes a huge difference. And each of us is loved by God, no matter what kind of unknown we're heading into.

Whether it's getting along with college roommates or with obnoxious siblings, confidence in God's love helps you feel completely at ease. Even if you don't think you have a relationship with God or you believe that you can't feel His presence in your life, you actually are never far from His love. Prayer can help you develop a deeper awareness that Love is with you wherever you are and under all circumstances.

Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of this newspaper, wrote a book that's fundamental to finding answers to life's many questions. In this book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," she wrote a description of the word unknown, which is very helpful. It reads in part, "That which spiritual sense alone comprehends, and which is unknown to the material senses. Paganism and agnosticism may define Deity as 'the great unknowable;' but Christian Science brings God much nearer to man, and makes Him better known as the All- in-all, forever near" (p. 596).

In our prayers, then, we can ask God to reveal Himself to us as divine Love, as our Father-Mother, friend, and helper. We can also identify with God, Love, by expressing qualities of kindness and generosity and acknowledging them in others. This is putting spiritual sense into action. As we pray to know God as our Father- Mother, we become conscious of His comforting care for us, even in little ways. Turning in gratitude to God as our divine Parent, we're able to hear the messages of Love and feel Love's hand guiding us. …

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