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In these pages we've gathered several shorter items--articles a page or less in length and excerpts from longer manuscripts that offer useful, inspiring insights. We hope you enjoy this kind of short-form nourishment in each issue.

Planting the prayer seed

From the May 2011 issue of The Christian Science Journal

I am by no means a master at gardening, but I do get a great deal of satisfaction from it, and it has given me spiritual insight with regard to prayer.   For example, Jesus said in the book of Mark: “So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; and should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how” ( Mark 4:26, 27 ).