Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Not Afraid Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Not Afraid Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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One night a friend called me to pray for her. I said I would. She was in great abdominal pain and afraid to be alone with her three young children. I had just been praying that day about fear. I'd been thinking about a Bible verse that says, "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness" (Isaiah 41:10). I'd seen that this verse gives no heed to the particulars of a given problem that causes fear. Instead, it directs us to think of God.

God is ever present, the only presence. He is Life. God is the whole substance of our being, and we can never get outside of His care and love. When we understand that we are in God's presence, we feel cared for. No circumstance, no situation, can separate us from God; sickness, fear, lack, inharmony, confusion, sinful temptations, accidents, pain are not insurmountable.

When we are struggling with fear, there is often a lot of personal concern: "What will I do? How will I do it? Will I be OK?" Getting rid of the fear isn't a matter of talking oneself into feeling OK about things; it is a matter of yielding to God, the One who says, "I AM THAT I AM" (Exodus 3:14). God is forever voicing this assurance to you and me. What's important isn't what the situation is at any given moment, but what God is eternally. Prayer to be free of fear is really about learning how to get still and listen for God to reveal Himself. It's about feeling the assurance that God controls His entire creation. Each one of us is included in this creation. I said to my friend that night, "You are not afraid!" This wasn't a mere pep talk or just positive thinking; it involved a spiritual fact. That is, because God is the source of all existence, He defines all and determines that creation is spiritual and good, emanating from Him. As His image and likeness, my friend must be fearless, as God is fearless. Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, written by Mary Baker Eddy, explains the Science behind the teachings of Christ Jesus-Christian Science. …

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