SPIRITUAL healing comes about through radical reliance on God and includes the healing of physical, mental, emotional, financial and relationship issues. But how relevant is spiritual healing for the Church today; given that congregation size, fundraising ability and technology seem the yardsticks for progress?
School has begun! As students, teachers and parents gear up for another year of learning, stress and anxiety can often interfere with what should be a time to anticipate good things.
Students may be anxious about new schedules, new faces, and the demands of performing academically. Recent sad reports from Japan show that fear of high academic demands as well as being bullied is behind a rise in teen suicides as school starts up.
"Earth's preparatory school must be improved to the utmost"
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy
I’m not sure when in my life the shift took place, but I no longer roll my eyes at this question, and have actually grown to like it. Most of us can’t wait to be done with school when we’re swamped with homework and reeling from less-than-stellar test scores. But all that’s changed for me.
Apparently, if a person stops long enough to think about thwarting danger in a high-stakes setting, most people opt out.
Still, that statistic hasn’t put the brakes on heroism, such as the recent foiled attack on passengers traveling on a high-speed train to Paris. Three American men, two off-duty service members and their friend, made the split-second decision to rush an armed man and tackle him to the ground, subduing him and wrestling away his weapons. French authorities expressed profound gratitude for their actions and commended them for their courage and quick thinking.
The August 27, 2015 Business Insider article portrays a married couple, Scott and Dana, who applied their skills as engineers to managing their diabetes. Determined to overcome the clunky mechanics of a type-one diabetic lifestyle, they literally hacked the computer "brain" of an obsolete insulin pump, and developed mathematical algorithms that learn, predict, and adjust for an individual's bodily changes. Dana is now beta-testing an artificial pancreas. Their pioneering spirit and invincible "no-limits" mentality inspire and amaze. But underneath the newlyweds' expected long and prosperous future, lies the stubborn verdict of incurability--a subtle message that even the smartest and most proactive watchers of their health can only expect to manage what is considered an incurable disease.
The Hippocratic oath taken by doctors avows to ‘First do no harm’. But Canadian doctors are in a quandary. They have patients in chronic pain for which opioids are the prescription drug of choice. Yet the harm from them is significant.
Canada is now the second largest consumer of opioids in the world, and recent news headlines alert us that overdose deaths from opioid use have spiked.
Are you seeking “Lower blood pressure, lower risk of dementia, less anxiety and depression, reduced cardiovascular risk, and overall greater happiness”?
Well there just might be “a magic pill for happiness and longevity” that can help you get such benefits, according to Terri Yablonsky Stat, in the Chicago Tribune – “It’s a simple way to stay healthier”.
When I was a teenager, I experienced an unexpected moment of spiritual awareness as I lay in bed, deeply troubled by a doctor’s prognosis. I wasn’t praying as such, yet I suddenly became aware of a divine presence, loving me. That calmed my troubled thoughts and prompted a physical healing. At the time, I was a non-religious Jew, and I wanted to understand how such a healing could happen.
‘The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing.’
No doubt, it would be great to see a few more folks at church on Sunday. As nice as it is to have an entire pew (or two, or three) to myself, I’d gladly give up the surplus real estate for even a handful of extra voices to back me up on the hymn-singing.