For students of Christian Science, the hard work of hope is prayer. It means looking beyond one’s fear of sickness and conquering that fear with an assurance of God’s love and power. This results in wellness. The importance of hope is illustrated in the words of the founder of this system of healing, Mary Baker Eddy, “As human thought changes from one stage to another of conscious pain and painlessness, from sorrow and joy, – from fear to hope and from faith to understanding, – the visible manifestation will at last be man governed by Soul, not by material sense” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 125).
From the January 18, 2010 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
THINK OF HOPE AS A VERB.
AN IMPERATIVE: HOPE!
MEANING EXPECT, ANTICIPATE, TRUST.
Because if you look up the word hope,
you’ll find those three synonyms.
Then watch your concept of hope do a 180:
You won’t deem hope a wave of wishful thinking,
but a lighthouse of inner peace
—a beam that rescues you from clouds of confusion and the darkness of despair.
Expect that the same Spirit that inspires your desire to see more good in your life will make good on that desire.
Trust that the same Life that makes you desire health and vitality and happiness—delivers.
Hope that Love will show you how to enrich the lives of those around you.
The good you desire and to which you aspire will transpire.
Mary Baker Eddy observed: “When the destination is desirable, expectation speeds our progress.”