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In one day , I attended an informal meeting for Christian Science practitioners and teachers at First Church of Christ, Scientist, Altrincham, and then a larger meeting including others who were serious about developing their healing practice.   I was grateful for a sense of unity in the healing work and for the dedication and inspired prayer that my fellow practitioners give to their work.

Our practitioner roundtable was sponsored by the Christian Science Society, Margate, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.   An atmosphere was created where each participant was able to speak freely and openly, not only about personal healings, but about issues relating to the public practice.

Last year a friend asked how I would feel about sitting with fellow Christian Scientists in a casual setting—as you would around your own kitchen table—just talking about healing. The first thought that came to me was one of doubt—how could something like that be achieved, with people’s busy schedules and other time commitments? But on the heels of that limited thought came the realization that healing is the foundation on which our church is built.

About two years ago , the first Christian Science practitioner roundtable was held at First Church of Christ, Scientist, Greater Lansing, Michigan. It came about because several members of the church were interested in becoming full-time practitioners, listed in The Christian Science Journal, yet they had some questions they wanted to talk through and thought that other church members might also like to explore some of the practical issues of full-time healing work.

Truth is always true

Recently I overheard a child, apparently referring to a prior conversation, insist to his mother that he’d told her the truth; it “just wasn’t quite true. ” The mother gently corrected him, explaining that if something isn’t true, it’s not truth.

No hindrance to healing in church

When Christ Jesus commended Peter for the recognition that he, Jesus, was the Christ, the Son of God, the Master proclaimed that his church would be built on that foundational understanding. He further characterized its divine protection with these words: “And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (see Matthew 16:13–20 ).

‘As in heaven, so on earth’

Many readers will recognize this title as a portion of Mary Baker Eddy’s spiritual interpretation of the line in the Lord’s Prayer given by Christ Jesus to his followers: “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” ( Matthew 6:10 ). Her interpretation reads in full: “Enable us to know,—as in heaven, so on earth,—God is omnipotent, supreme” ( Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.

Healing lessons from the pool of Bethesda

It can be tempting , when we come across a Bible story we are familiar with, to gloss over it rather quickly, thinking we have already learned all it has to teach us. For me, one such story was that of Christ Jesus’ healing of the impotent man who was waiting for the “troubling of the water” at the pool of Bethesda (see John 5 ).

Humility, importunate prayer, and the Reader

“What our churches need is that devout, unselfed quality of thought which spiritualizes the congregation” ( The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 249 ).

Being made over

A young woman stood looking out of an office window. Below her stretched the city, and beyond circled snow crowned mountains; but it was not at this view she was looking.