An antidote to despair over yet another mass shooting











In today’s world of push-notifications and the 24-hour news cycle, it can be easy to be lulled into a sense of pervasive despair and/or apathy.  This is especially true when the stories we see are as horrific as yet another mass shooting in a school.  I found an article today in the Christian Science Monitor called “An antidote to despair over yet another mass shooting.”  It cites Harvard scholar Steven Pinker’s new book that points to the vast progress that humanity has made over the past two centuries as proof that further progress is still possible.  The Monitor Editorial Board wrote that “[t]he ideals that have built a better world, such as reason and benevolence, are still readily available.”

(Read the full article here.)


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New beginnings, daily – and more!




A new year often means a fresh start. Most of us use the beginning of a new calendar to mark off a set of goals and resolutions, but sometimes it can feel so easy to lose some of that resolve and slip back into old habits by early February.

So just in time for yesterday’s holiday, I stumbled on an article in an earlier copy of the Christian Science Sentinel that, for me, was just the right antidote to this “Groundhog Day” loop.

Click here for the whole article titled “New beginnings, daily – and more!” by Tony Lobl from the January 1, 2018 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.


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The nobler giving



What is the thought of Christmas?
What is the hope of Christmas?
What is the joy of Christmas?

No silver or gold is needed for giving
If the heart is filled with the Christmas love,
For the hope of the world is kindly living,
Learned from the joy of God above.

Christian Science Sentinel, December 8th, 1902.

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A victory over community violence

One of my favorite things to do in the evening is to sit down with my iPad and read the newspaper.  I will often read the Christian Science Monitor for their refreshing perspective on the news, and last Monday I read an article that has stayed with me for a while so I wanted to share that here as well.

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It’s the Christian Science perspective from that day, written by a woman from South Africa named Martine Blackler.  I love this example of people uniting to overcome fear and violence.

Read the full article here.

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Can You Think Your Way To Better Health?

My colleague, Steven Salt, recently wrote this short piece that I wanted to share with you all.  He writes about the need to dig a little deeper and have a more substantive approach to health than just a good attitude and positive thinking.  As he points out, “You simply can’t skimp on quality thinking and sound reasoning when it comes to well-being.” I love the message he shares and I hope you will too!

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“Now think, men, think!”

Professor Harold Hill’s desperate plea as he stands before his ill-prepared River City Boy’s Band with a broken pool cue for a director’s baton, is the iconic and ironic highlight of “The Music Man,” the endearing stage and film musical.

Having convinced the gullible parents that he could produce a band and taken their money for instruments and uniforms, the lovable con artist reluctantly turns to his own confidence scam, the “Think System,” in his desperate attempt to avoid the wrath of the townspeople as they are about to hear the not-so-melodious sounds of their children’s instruments.

Thinking actually had little to do with the scheme the professor devised. He was literally as well as figuratively handcuffed by a lack of musical know-how. Producing musical concord is a science, involving knowledge of the rules of harmony and their implementation. Ignorance of the principles and procedures ensures cacophony.

Health can be viewed in much the same way. Just like creating pleasing sound in music, producing harmony of mind and body is a thoughtful process, to say the least. You simply can’t skimp on quality thinking and sound reasoning when it comes to well-being.

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Steep cost of hate completely erased by love

Recently, I ran across this fantastic article called “Steep cost of hate completely erased by love” written by my Texan colleague, Keith Wommack.  The story he shared with a message of forgiveness and hope spoke to me, and I hope it will speak to you as well.  Enjoy!


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@Glowimages: Portrait of a boy smiling

Hate is a cattle prod.  It finally nudges some over the brink to commit the kind of violent acts that have shocked us recently, both foreign and domestic.

You and I might know we’d never get pushed that far.  But what if we are nursing some unyielding disdain of our own?  Are we then helping to create a loveless environment ripe for justifying crime?

Experts and pundits might disagree on the answer to that, but what if we turned the question on its head and asked if rooting out hatred from our thinking can have a positive impact beyond our own peace of mind?

Besides it being a cattle prod, hate is a poison, and its antidote needs to be a remedy that reaches thought and radically transforms it.  And I have found prayer to be such an antidote, for certain forms of prayer steer and mold thought in a way which can, in turn, heal the body.

A friend’s experience shows both hate’s disturbing effects and how prayer can trigger a transformation.

Pat was a Registered Nurse and a new mother.  Unfortunately, her newborn son was paralyzed on his right side.  He also had a large tumor on his neck.  Doctors told Pat he wouldn’t live very long.  In order to care for him while he was still alive, Pat brought her son home.

But she also had something else on her mind…

To read the full article in the Houston Chronicle, click here.


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When aging is not decline









Prepare to witness a funny and poignant generational melt down:

This video is a part of the new #DisruptAging campaign by AARP, which aims to have people, “let go of their outdated beliefs and embrace the idea that aging is not about decline – it’s about growth.”

Aging is not about decline, it’s about growth.

Dr. Gillian Gill, noted biographer and professor, discovered this to be true when she had just lost her husband. She envisioned her life becoming smaller, retiring, spending more time in her garden. Then she was offered an opportunity to write a biography about a renowned 19th century Christian healer, Mary Baker Eddy.

At first Dr. Gill thought she would turn down the offer. Though not knowing much about Eddy, she decided to do a little research. Mary Baker Eddy’s life spoke to her to not give up. Gill imagined that with age one’s scope of interest would decline. But instead of declining from midlife on, Eddy’s range of activity and accomplishment multiplied as the decades passed!

She decided after all to write the biography to discover how Eddy did it. In a 1999 interview after the book was published, Gill said she saw “There was a double focus of practice and prayer worked out in Mary Baker Eddy’s life.”

Growth, spiritual growth, led Eddy to heal those who turned to her for prayer, author 17 books, start a pulitzer prize winning newspaper – The Christian Science Monitor – and found a worldwide church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist.

Gill writes, “One of the secrets of Mary Baker Eddy’s astonishing life was, I believe…to let go of the past. As the events receded, she could look toward the future, with her energies unchecked by past failures.”

We all have the ability to #DisruptAging.

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Could 2016 be a New Year of healing?

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©Glow Images. Model is used for illustrative purposes only.

“Christian Medicine”. What could that possibly be?

Well, for starters it’s the name of a new book by Christopher Kolker M.D., a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

And it’s an inspirational book, according to a press release – aimed at anyone who has been down the long road of chronic illness, and has lost hope for the future. It details how physicians are starting to realize that those patients who have great faith seem to do better, no matter what the physical diagnosis is.

In one particular approach to Christian medicine, the Christian Science Mind-healing discovered and established by Mary Baker Eddy – where Mind is the divine Mind, God – faith has been seen as a vital contributor to healing for well over 100 years. Yet it’s contribution is seen more as a stepping-stone to the gaining of spiritual understanding, rather than a practice of spiritual care and healing.

Wouldn’t it be interesting to investigate – in a small way – this phenomena physicians are observing of the positive impact of faith on health?

From an archive of healings that came about through prayer (maintained for over 125 years by the Christian Science Publishing Society), I selected a couple of more recent, medically verified, healings of diabetes as examples.

“I had lost a baby five months into the pregnancy, and doctors couldn’t explain why. Immediately following this loss, I started experiencing excessive thirst and urination, drinking about two gallons of water per day. Doctors diagnosed the problem as diabetes insipidus,” Trinka Wasik wrote.

She continued: “One day, seven years later, I was on a long airplane flight and decided to read the book of Job in the Bible… God made it clear to Job that fighting evil was His domain, not Job’s. That meant to me that I didn’t have to conquer evil all by myself, either. I had been thinking that the power of healing lay in my prayers—that it was all up to me. But the power is in God! This made me so happy, I literally bounced off the plane.”

“At the same time,” she concluded, “I realized that I no longer had the excessive thirst and urination problems. It had happened gradually, but I realized that I had resumed drinking normal amounts of liquid each day (and continue to do so). And within a year, I gave birth to a healthy baby boy. According to the attending physician, who knew my medical history, this was a bona fide miracle.”

A man called Pedro Aguilar summarized his journey of healing in the following way.

“About four years ago, I was diagnosed by the doctors with diabetes, in addition to suffering from hypertension and asthma…I had been studying Christian Science for some time, so I turned to God in prayer. I strove to understand His perfect nature and see myself as His spiritual image and likeness, beyond the reach of any disease. Of the many passages in Christian Science that I studied, this one gave me much hope: “The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God,—a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love” (Science and Health, p. 1).

“To the surprise of the medical team that examined me, they found that there was nothing wrong with me… Since that time, three years ago, I stopped taking all medications and I have been very well,” Pedro concluded.

Thank-you Trinka and Pedro for sharing your prayerful journeys to health through the “Christian medicine” of Mind-healing.

May a new year without diabetes, or other chronic illness, prove to be a possibility for many others as well!


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A gift that actually fits



Have you ever received a gift you didn’t initially want or one which made you think, “I don’t know what to do with this?”

Life had been just fine before it came along, right?

But once we unwrap those strange gifts we pry open our thoughts to new possibilities. That’s what happened to me with my first bike, microwave, computer, laptop, blackberry, iPhone, and iPad. Often that new item can require a steep learning curve. Yet, remarkably, it soon becomes indispensable!

Should we open it, and open ourselves to new possibilities?

Dr. James Gordon and Deepak Chopra think so. In an online video they note that “we’re the ones who know for the most part what’s best for us”.

They add that having the opportunity to take care of ourselves is a “revolutionary idea” that can seem very threatening to our chronic sense of dependency on authorities. And they conclude that if we have the opportunity to take care of ourselves we worry, “well maybe I’m wrong, maybe it won’t work and maybe they’re right.”

One aspect of this new direction of taking care of ourselves is to build confidence in one’s own health decisions. Choosing Wisely®, an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, helps providers and patients engage in conversations to reduce overuse of tests and procedures, and support patients in their efforts to make smart and effective care choices.

The Choosing Wisely site reports that a 2014 survey funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that fully three-quarters of physicians say the frequency of unnecessary medical tests and procedures is a serious problem. It campaigns for leading medical specialty societies and other non-physician organizations to identify commonly used tests or procedure whose necessity “should be questioned and discussed”. Their resulting lists of “Things Providers and Patients Should Question” are “intended to spark discussion about the need—or lack thereof—for many frequently ordered tests or treatments”.

By way of an example, as a Christian Science practitioner I was among those invited to participate in a statewide initiative charged with developing healthcare reform recommendations for our legislature. During a meeting of medical and non-medical providers, a physician made a thought-provoking remark to me. He said, “I believe prayer has a place at this table. I have had two patients with the same diagnosis. One chose to pray and the other did not. The one who prayed beat the prognosis. Over the years I have seen that prayer works, but I don’t know how.”

For me prayer begins with a yearning to listen to what some may call intuition or God’s grace. Often I turn to the scriptures to help me ponder something higher than the problem.

About five years ago I was diagnosed with a very painful condition that I was told required surgery. I appreciated the concern expressed by my HMO’s attending physician, but said I would like to pray before deciding to schedule surgery. He stressed that the condition would not go away on its own but warned me that it would continue to incapacitate me further if not attended to.

To me, though, prayer is not an absence of treatment, but a different way of actively challenging ill health. Physical transformation by focusing on, and living, the word of God was first written about several thousand years ago. For instance the book of Proverbs tells us, “My son, attend to my words; …keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh.”

And this is what I experienced. The pain disappeared and I have had no trace of that condition since.

The gift of having confidence in our own healthcare decisions may seem remarkable at first. But perhaps – like me – you, too, might eventually find it to be truly indispensable.

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Is gratitude a natural impulse?



What can nature teach us about gratitude?

It can teach us that being thankful is normal, according to the Greater Good Science Center.

This University of California Berkeley campus research center has studied the natural occurrence of gratitude in nature and one of their stories is particularly impressive.

“In December of 2005, a 50-foot, 50-ton, female humpback whale got tangled in crab lines and was in danger of drowning. After a team of divers freed her, she nuzzled each of her rescuers in turn and flapped around in what one whale expert said was ‘a rare and remarkable encounter,’” rescuer James Moskito recalled.

“It felt to me like it was thanking us, knowing it was free and that we had helped it,” he concluded.

But what if our natural “gratitude gene” seems to be lost amid life’s troubles?

According to Julie Ruchniewicz, of the Parish Nurse Ministry of Advocate Health Care in Evanston Illinois, there is something we can do about it and doing so is beneficial. She writes, “Interestingly enough, it has been determined that you can cultivate a positive attitude, with a little practice. Working on your sense of gratitude can help you maintain a more positive mood in your daily life and add to emotional well-being. People with a greater level of gratitude tend to have stronger relationships, are happier and sleep better. Since relationships, happiness and sleep contribute to your health; grateful people tend to be healthier.”

I’m also in the “cultivating gratitude” camp. It just feels natural to want to express thanks.

Recently due to a change in my personal situation, a 30 minute commute to volunteer at a juvenile detention center became a 4½ hour journey at the end of my work day. I found myself resenting that longer commute even though I loved conducting a Bible Study there. I had been doing this for several years, and although others have stepped forward to help, I was still covering a need once a month on Monday evenings.

About half way through our Bible Study, I noticed several of the kids were shivering. Apparently the heating was not working where we had been assigned to meet and they were all in short sleeves. I suggested we end the session early so they could go back to their warm rooms. “No! You must stay. You’re blessing us!” they protested.

I continued until the end of our allotted time, inspired and rejuvenated! In fact their expressed appreciation for the Bible Study lifted the resentment over the commute right out of my thought. And I still feel only joy when I think about them. I believe I witnessed what this thought from a favorite stanza in the Christian Science Hymnal describes, “And every weary child shall turn in gratitude toward Thee, the Light.”

Gratitude is a powerful antidote! A pioneer in the science of Christianity, Mary Baker Eddy commented, “Under affliction in the very depths, stop and contemplate what you have to be grateful for.” Jesus illustrated this when he gave thanks to God before what we would think of as impossible challenges. And then he went forward…

Finding a reason to give thanks can also help us progress. “If you’ve forgotten the language of gratitude you’ll not be on speaking terms with happiness.” (anonymous) A good beginning isn’t it for our holiday season?

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Learning from Malala



Have you ever struggled to “turn the other cheek”, as Jesus put it?

Here’s a good example of how it is done: “I was never angry, not for a moment. Not even an atom, or neutron, or electron amount of anger.”

Unbelievably these words describe the reaction of a Pakistani teenager after a Taliban assassin shot her in the head at close range.

And the basis for her measured response? Her faith.

“Islam teaches humanity, equality, and forgiveness,” said the devout young woman.

This comment comes from a new documentary about a young girl who has become a global icon. The movie is called He Named Me Malala.  

So who is Malala?

She is an International advocate for girl’s education and human rights, who began blogging for the BBC at the tender age of 11.

A miracle, say her British doctors, because of her extraordinary survival at age 15, of that attempt on her life.

The youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner at 17 and the winner of many more accolades.

Malala is an inspiration.  I left a screening of her documentary in awe because of what she has accomplished. Her clear conviction of advocacy for the basic right of girls to have an education has already led to new schools being built in several developing countries. (Tragically, 60 million girls worldwide are not yet attending school.)

But I was also in awe at how she survived that mortal wound without the mental impairment that was at first feared. Could it be because she recognizes there is something more going on than just a material existence?  At one point in the documentary Malala said, “a consciousness exists that exists beyond all boundaries”.

As someone who has experienced such healing over many years through gaining an understanding of God as a boundless, divine Mind, I can really relate to that idea.

Anciently, another survivor of an opposite mentality that sees everything in terms of limitation – boundaries of ignorance, mortality, and hatred – also observed the effect of this greater consciousness or God, “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake”, Jesus said.

Malala has not only been blessed, but has reached us all through her courage, motivation, and selfless, humble manner. I have been blessed by learning from her persecution and triumph.

Thank-you Malala!

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Almost an Ashley Madison encounter



Infidelity is in the news – big time.

As a result of the recent Ashley Madison hack, thousands are waking up to find their spouse believes it’s alright to seek a quick, romantic fling on the side.

I know how that feels. It was my husband’s infidelity that ended my first marriage. In the trauma of the ensuing divorce, I made a vow never to expose myself to such suffering again. It would be far easier (or so I thought) to remain celibate – simply no more involved relationships!

But I was in for a surprise. Soon after making that personal declaration I met a man who made it completely understandable to me why 35 million people were discovered to be Ashely Madison subscribers. After our first date I felt eager to toss my new vow aside.

But that wasn’t the only feeling I had. There was simultaneously a nagging sense that something was wrong. So while I didn’t for a moment consider canceling our second date, I did decide to spend the afternoon before it trying to get back my sunny, carefree disposition.

At the time, I was in the middle of reading through Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures whose message of everyone’s innate spiritual self-worth gave me a basis for that joyful disposition. Reading the book always left me feeling peaceful. The author, Mary Baker Eddy, also had a marriage that ended in divorce after 20 years due to infidelity – just like mine. I thought reading her ideas would be the perfect way to restore my equanimity.

Thankfully, the book did restore my peace of mind but it also did more than that. As I read, I had a warm tangible sense of being blanketed with an unconditional love – a love that didn’t require someone’s presence to prompt it.

We did have that second date, but my previous hope of taking the relationship to the “next level” was soon superseded by an instinctive recognition that I should stop seeing him. At a chance meeting five years later I found out those instincts were spot on. He told me that he had been living with another woman when I had declined going to a hotel with him on our second and last meeting.

I’m grateful for that date. It led me to uncover the love that I truly desired, which I felt during that afternoon of reading. That feeling of being valued and whole stayed with me. I’m reminded of Jesus saying,”…neither do I condemn thee. Go and sin no more.” I wish the same for all Ashley Madison subscribers and their spouses.

Perhaps the Ashley Madison hack will help others similarly turn from “looking for love in all the wrong places” to finding the satisfaction of knowing they are deeply, divinely loved.

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Arthritis sufferers find remedy in spirituality




Some years ago a friend and I were visiting with her grandmother.  Grannys conversation with us was peppered with resentment. Though I dont remember today what it was that distressed her, I still have a strong impression of how her hands were gnarled with arthritis.

And I wondered if her hands would be better if she could forgive, rather than recount, her hurt.

This unanswered question resurfaced recently, when I read that  arthritis took the top spot in an extensive Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study into the most prevalent diagnosed chronic illnesses in people aged 65 and older. Amazingly, arthritis had more than double the occurrence of the next most common ailment.  

As my heart went out to those suffering in this way, I thought of my friends grandmother.. 

Could there be a spiritual remedy to resolve the resentment, bitterness, and frustration that often seem to accompany old age, and could doing so have any impact on arthritis?

I quickly discovered a host of books, articles, and personal testimonies of those healed of arthritis as a result of forgiveness, prayer, or spiritual counseling.

Here’s a sample of my findings:

In The truth about forgivenessauthor Wendy Bussell shares, My family physician told me, Wendy if you do not deal with your past and the resentments you have, you will be an arthritic cripple by the time you are forty-five.As a chaplain, she let her faith guide her to a larger relationship with God which resulted in finding forgiveness and she remained free of arthritis.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Strength to Lovewrote, Medical science reveals that such physical ailments as arthritis, gastric ulcer, and asthma have on occasion been encouraged by bitter resentments. Psychosomatic medicine shows how deep resentment may result in physical deterioration.”  And he goes on to quote Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

The weekly inspirational magazine, the Christian Science Sentinel carried this account by contributor Wilbur Jenkins, “I was almost completely immobile. Medical specialists were called in and diagnosed the condition as rheumatoid arthritis. They told me it was incurable. My family, who are deeply religious, brought me an article from a Protestant magazine. In it, the author recounted how he had learned to live with arthritis.

“Then and there I decided that I was going to learn to live without arthritis!”

When Wilbur went home, the first thing he did was call a Christian Science practitioner. He recounts, “I will always remember the practitioner’s gentle insistence that I must learn to love more! She recommended that I study Christ Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, and especially the verse in which Jesus says (Matt. 5:44), “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

“I learned to think of love as a mental attitude of being on my knees in humble forgiveness and compassion for my fellowmen.”

As he continued to study the Bible and a companion book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by noted Christian healer Mary Baker Eddy, his arthritis disappeared. He resumed normal activities and closes his account by commenting, “I’m striving daily to learn to love more.”

These examples give us hope that we too can learn to love more and forgive. And then why shouldn’t we find ourselves as well with greater freedom of thought and movement!

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Freedom to restore purpose and health




“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal…”
declares the July 1776, Declaration of Independence.

But do we?

Have you ever found yourself a bit ahead of life’s measuring stick, or coming out on the short end of it? For me, that sense of equality – the respect of others – can so often get lost in comparisons.

A few years ago I found myself in a job I did not seek, but had accepted out of a sense of duty. Frustration ruled my days, then months, as most of what I set out to accomplish failed. Compounding this dilemma were regular conference calls with colleagues who shared their thrilling successes… Finally, I became physically stressed out too, experiencing a progressive stiffness that interfered with my sleep.

Hoping for some guidance on what to do, I turned to the Bible one day. Perhaps this could be considered a desperate impulse. However, time and again I have found this statement true: “The Bible contains the recipe for all healing.” The words are from a book that has helped me in many tough times, called Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

Turning to the Scriptures in that moment of need helped me realize for the first time that comparing myself to others was a mistake, contributing to major self doubt and royally interfering with my ability to discern my way. A passage from Proverbs gave me a refreshing new focus: “In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.”

And He did just that!

My approach to work changed. I was no longer trying to figure out everything on my own, nor was I thoughtlessly mimicking others, I found an appreciation for humble prayer that is more about listening for solutions than listing problems.

I began to have restful sleep again as the stiffness eased. And soon I too was contributing my own accomplishments on those colleague conference calls.

I experienced a sense of health and opportunity that only freedom of thought and heart can bring – a freedom to live the best in myself and to highlight the good in everyone else.

This 4th of July, let’s take the truth that all men and women are created equal to heart, and find the independence that doing so can bring to our minds and bodies.

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Dad was proud of his collection of duck decoys.

But little did he know that he himself would be deceived by them, when my prankster of a brother-in-law decided to play a practical joke on him.

When we were all visiting my parents, my brother-in-law got up extra early to place the decoys at the edge of a pond bordering their home. Dad, sipping his first coffee of the day and surveying the view, spotted ducks in the pond. Forgetting his eye-glasses, he grabbed some bread and hurried out to welcome the new arrivals, hoping they’d select his yard to nest.

He was diligent as he tried to woo the decoys to make their home on his land. Finally, though, my brother-in-law had to go out and let him know that all the quacking and breadcrumbs in the world would not matter a bit to those decoys!

I think of that when I consider the more important issue of caring for our health. Are we focusing on the duck or the decoy? We’re so used to assessing our health according to the state of our minds and our bodies, but is that actually distracting us from a deeper, spiritual understanding of our health?

I know of a woman, Elizabeth, who after struggling with a diagnosis of bi-polar disorder for 12 years, found healing and discovered the disease was actually just that, a decoy. She writes, “After a year or so on medication, I became dissatisfied with the side effects and began exploring alternative treatments. In each case, relief was temporary.”

Finally, she decided to pray and engaged a Christian Science practitioner to help her.

Elizabeth continues: “There were days when the challenge of the disease seemed insurmountable, but I was gradually learning what Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, meant when she wrote that we must “watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus:. . .” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures) When I felt like I was getting out of balance or anxious, the Bible verse, ‘Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee’ restored me.

During quiet times at work, I would ask God what to think about. I kept a pad of paper at hand to write down things for which I was grateful. This discipline taught me that the whole of Christian life is worshipping God—thinking of Him, acknowledging His presence, asking Him for guidance, praising His goodness. Surely keeping our thoughts “stayed” on God is the forever joy of life.

Then for the first time, she saw the bipolar diagnosis differently. She saw that God didn’t make it and that it didn’t belong to her individuality as a child of God. In her prayers, it became clear to her that such a diagnosis was not truly a part of her or anyone.

“I knew I was safe. Fear was replaced with the feeling of being well, really truly well,” she concludes.

It is so interesting and hopeful to find that Elizabeth’s experience is not an isolated incident. Duke University’s Harold G. Koenig, M.D. recently reported, “An exhaustive analysis of more than 1500 reputable medical studies indicates people who are more religious and pray more have better mental and physical health.”

One might conclude that a more spiritual sense of oneself keeps us from accepting a decoy of disease!

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