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Never unreachable by God

From the March 2021 issue of The Christian Science Journal

 Perhaps many of us, when praying about a prolonged challenge, have come to wonder if we simply are not reachable by God. We may willingly concede that there exists a powerful, loving presence called God, and that others have experienced His protective, healing care. “But,” the argument goes, “my own particular mental makeup, or lack of spiritual understanding, or deep-seated fear is such that I’m not able to feel God’s presence and sense His guidance.” 

These ponderings tend in the moment to feel as if we are simply taking stock of the current state of our thinking and being honest with ourselves. But if our focus has come to rest more on what we perceive to be our own limited capacity for spiritual enlightenment than on God and His infinite capacity for good in our lives, then we can end up feeling pretty discouraged.

A first step forward in feeling God’s presence and love might be to consider this fundamental question: Is it really possible that I have arrived at a juncture where I am unreachable—where God, the source of all true wisdom and might, can’t break through the clamor of a supposed personal human mind and make Himself known to me in ways that inspire and heal? 

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