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Stick with the rules of divine Science

From the May 1990 issue of The Christian Science Journal

In a sparsely settled area a man had a variety of business interests, including farming, an automobile dealership, and an insurance agency. His various enterprises placed great demands on his time, day and night. As a result he felt he had no time for religion. But eventually he realized he must not leave God out of his life. What was he to do? Then he arrived at what he felt was an acceptable solution. He bought a copy of the Lord's Prayer, framed it, and hung it above his bed. Thereafter, each night when he went to bed he would look up at the prayer and say, "Lord, those are my sentiments." With that done, he'd go to sleep.

He thought he was communing with God. But he failed to realize that simply acknowledging the words of spiritual concepts does not constitute effective prayer.

What about ourselves? If there is any one thing that holds back our spiritual progress and often delays a needed healing, it's that too often we're much like that busy man. We may read the words of the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, which express God's revelation of truth. We may even repeat with some fervor statements about man's spiritual relation to God. But frequently we haven't pondered deeply the spiritual message those words are intended to convey. In effect, we too are saying of the words of Truth, "Lord, those are my sentiments."

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