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Asking for help

From the October 2022 issue of The Christian Science Journal

What a different story the Gospels would tell if people had been reluctant to ask Jesus for his help. We wouldn’t know about the woman who suffered 12 long years with hemorrhaging if she hadn’t struggled through a crowd to reach Jesus and find healing. Nor would we know of the outcast “full of leprosy,” if he had not cried out to Jesus, on his knees saying, “If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean” (Luke 5:12). At the Master’s touch, he was immediately well, and freed from living out his days in a leper colony.

It was not a personal power these people reached for or received, whether they knew it or not. It was the healing Christ, the spiritual understanding of God that Jesus embodied, ever active and ever available to bring restoration and redemption. This power of Christ, God’s divine message to humanity, is ever present in consciousness, enabling anyone to seek and find healing help in God, who is Love.

In Christian Science, one learns how to trustingly turn to this divine Love, to better understand, feel, and know the reality of the divine, in everyday living, as well as in times of particular need. This often leads to speedy and complete healing. Yet, this result can sometimes seem a high aspiration, and there are times when our own spiritual efforts may not prove quickly successful. Then we can discover that it’s not only all right to ask for spiritual aid from those more experienced in this Science, it’s provided for and encouraged. Jesus sent his disciples out in pairs, not only for companionship but that each might serve as a pray-er for the other, should there be a need. 

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