Response to The CSMonitor’s Commentary: “Stuck in the ‘hope category” – Really? There would be no understanding without hope. Never take away somebody’s hope.

 

Sometimes it can seem as if when we pray, we’re stuck in the “hope” category. 

http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/A-Christian-Science-Perspective/2017/0113/Prayer-that-moves-us-from-hope-to-understanding?

 

Video CommentsThere is something inside…they cannot take away from you…it is H.O.P.E;  Every time I want to end my life I watch this movie or think about it, and I don’t do it.

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Below is a response to the above commentary/opinion about a questionable thought regarding hope.  

Hope should not be perceived as a rest stop on life’s highway.  In prayer the door opens with hope and then the belief or misunderstanding of the so-called problem can be healed.  

If hope leads to understanding then understanding must have hope.  With the proper understanding of hope healing occurs.  

Hope is an ACTIVE STANCE.  It is not passive.  

Perhaps it is the belief of hopelessness that people are stuck in and not hope.

Remember, Hope is a good thing.

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O glorious hope! there remaineth a rest for the righteous, a rest in Christ, a peace in Love.

Mary Baker Eddy

I think people are stuck in the hope category or that “hope” is only a bane, a curse, if one thinks that hope within will never be satisfied, the promise will never really show up. Then that hope can be something that just is a sense of always seeing the feast and never being able to eat it. As we see hope, I think, it is that connection to Truth that in itself IS the feast and an awareness that the one who PLANTED that hope is not a tease, but the Christ-Truth that is here to save us always.

Name Withheld, CS

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“Sometimes when things seem difficult in our human experience, we are inclined to discount this hope. We deny that it is legitimate or push it back as too good to be true, to be Truth.
  
“And yet it still remains there, ready for our acknowledgement. For that hope of good, peace, and joy, is God speaking to us, calling us to believe. And when we do, we find that that small drop of conscious awareness of God can’t help but overflow, filling us up with Truth and Love, and washing away the doubts and fears. This hope, this connection with God that material sense would hide, is our true guide and forever friend. It leads us home and impels us to bring healing hope, light, joy, and peace to others as well.”
 
Laura Moliter, CS
Previous post on hope

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Hope

by Mary Baker Eddy

Hope happifies life, at the altar or bower, And loosens the fetters of pride and of power; It comes through our tears, as the soft summer rain, To beautify, bless, and make joyful again.

The harp of the minstrel, the treasure of time; A rainbow of rapture, o’erarching, divine; The God-given mandate that speaks from above, — No place for earth’s idols, but hope thou, and love.

Mary Baker Eddy

(Po. 45:8-18)

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The importance of hope

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“Everything that is done in the world is done by hope”, Martin Luther once said.  If that is true, does it include our well-being?  Does hope have an effect on our health?
 
Yes, according to a recent report by CNN.  In his book, The Anatomy of Hope, Jerome Groopman discusses the well-documented research of the positive physiological effects of hope.  He writes, “Researchers are learning that a change in mind-set has the power to alter neurochemistry.  Belief and expectation – the key elements of hope can block pain by releasing the brain’s endorphins and enkephalins, mimicking the effects of morphine.  In some cases, hope can also have important effects on fundamental physiological processes like respiration, circulation and motor function.”
 
 
Duane Bidwell, an associate professor of practical theology at Claremont School of Theology in California has identified five main pathways to health.  They include:
 
  • Maintaining identity by continuing to participate in activities that help patients retain a sense of self outside diagnosis and treatment.
  • Claiming power by taking an active role in treatment by setting goals, self-advocating, monitoring and maintaining one’s own health.
  • Attending to spirituality, activated through religious, spiritual and other contemplative practices.
 
Both researchers feel there is a thin line between hope and denial, and that line is an unwavering commitment to truth and reality.
 
Bidwell emphasizes that hope is not about positive thinking.
 
Shane Lopez, author of the book, Making Hope Happen, comments that “there is a profound difference between hoping and wishing”, according to CNN, “wishing encourages passivity, whereas hope represents an active stance.”
 
Lopez states, “Wishing is fantasy that everything is going to turn out OK.  Hoping is actually showing up for the hard work.”
 
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).
 
As a Christian Science healer, I have seen the benefits of hope, and how it opens thought to a spiritual understanding of God which heals disease.
 
Hope – it is an important aspect in treating disease – both for the physician and the metaphysician.
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