The first time it occurred to me that I might be able to write an article for one of the Christian Science periodicals was back in the 1960s. Over the next few weeks I wrote three articles and submitted them, one right after another. They were all rejected.
After I had “nursed my wounds,” prayed, and thought things over for a while, I realized that I had skipped the most important steps in writing an article or a testimony for the Christian Science periodicals: 1) Ask God for help; 2) listen carefully for His answers; and 3) trust God’s answers and follow His guidance.
Writing an article or testimony for the Christian Science periodicals begins with an earnest desire to share the blessings of Christian Science with others. God supports us in that desire and is always with us, ready to help and guide us. In our prayers, we can ask Him questions, listen trustingly for His answers, and make notes about ideas that come to us from Him.
A family member or a friend may share some thoughts. But ultimately, God is our best guide to ideas that will form the basis for a helpful article or testimony. Ideas that unfold from divine Mind will show us what to include and how to present it. And in the end, we may be surprised to discover that God has revealed in us an ability that we didn’t realize we had.
Writing for the Christian Science periodicals does not depend on the level of one’s writing skills or experience. It’s about the substance of our healings and insights. It’s about sharing from our hearts our love and our own experiences and spiritual growth in order to help and bless others. Mary Baker Eddy writes, “When the heart speaks, however simple the words, its language is always acceptable to those who have hearts” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 262).
If you’ve ever thought about writing something for one of the Christian Science periodicals, a first step might be to think about the healings you’ve had in your life, make some notes about ideas that unfolded to you at those times, and prayerfully listen for how to share those ideas in a way that will help and encourage others, including those unfamiliar with Christian Science. Sometimes sharing our Christian Science healings and insights with a friend, or at a Wednesday evening testimony meeting, can help us think back through a particular healing and rediscover the ideas that were most helpful at that time. This can prepare us for sharing the healing with a wider audience.
Writing for the periodicals offers a wonderful opportunity for our own spiritual growth while “letting our light shine.”
When we submit an article via JSH-Online.com/submit, we will receive an automatic email reply acknowledging that it has been received, and then some time may pass before we receive a specific reply from the editors. If their reply indicates that the article is being considered for possible publication, it needs to be studied carefully. If they suggest rewriting or even deleting parts of an article, this is not a criticism of our work; it’s professional assistance, meant to help the ideas and experiences be clear and understandable to a diverse readership.
It’s about sharing from our hearts to help and bless others.
All changes suggested by the editors deserve our prayerful consideration, and as we listen humbly for God’s guidance, we’ll find ourselves willing and able to go forward with genuine gratitude for their professional help. Our willingness to set aside our attachment to our original version may sometimes be required. Working with the editors is part of our own spiritual growth—and theirs too! This is the point where writers and editors join together to communicate with love and encouragement to the many readers whom none of us may ever know.
Sometimes an article we’ve submitted will be rejected. This can only inspire us to think and pray carefully, listen for God’s guidance, and try again. A rejection of a submission is not a rejection of an idea and may turn out to be a necessary step in learning and growing in articulating divine Science for the benefit of others.
Christ Jesus sent his disciples into the world to “heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils,” and he added, “Freely ye have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8).
Today the good news of Christian Science healing reaches the world through Christian Science churches and Reading Rooms, lectures, and through the Church’s monthly, weekly, and daily periodicals: The Christian Science Journal, Christian Science Sentinel, The Herald of Christian Science, and The Christian Science Monitor. All members of The Mother Church have a relationship with the periodicals, and all have ideas and healings to share.
When Mrs. Eddy received more mail from her students than she could personally respond to, she published the following notice: “If my own students cannot spare time to write to God,
—when they address me I shall be apt to forward their letters to Him as our common Parent, and by way of The Christian Science Journal; thus fulfilling their moral obligation to furnish some reading-matter for our denominational organ. Methinks, were they to contemplate the universal charge wherewith divine Love has entrusted us, in behalf of a suffering race, they would contribute oftener to the pages of this swift vehicle of scientific thought; for it reaches a vast number of earnest readers, and seekers after Truth” (Miscellaneous Writings, pp. 155–156).
Today, as Christian Scientists reach out to embrace a wider audience than ever before, the Christian Science periodicals continue to be as important—in print, audio, and online—as they were when Mrs. Eddy introduced them. They deserve our serious thought, prayers, and participation, as readers as well as contributors, subscribers, and sharers, as they continue to carry the blessings of Christian Science to people and places around the world.
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