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Hopeless? Never.

A Christian Science perspective on daily life

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There was a time when my health was so poor that for many months I felt imprisoned because I was unable to leave my home. Hopelessness began to set in.

I found myself relating to a woman from biblical times. Thousands of years ago, a widow known to the prophet Elisha felt hopeless too, as she described to him her poor prospects. But in helping her, he turned her thought by asking what she had "in the house" (II Kings 4:1-7).

At first she answered that she had nothing, but then added that there was a little oil. Eventually this oil turned out to be her answer, and she was relieved of poverty.

This story pointed me to consider my mental house to see what was available. One thing I had was quiet – hours for thinking. This time could be used to increase my spiritual understanding and get to know God better.

I also listened to "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy (recorded on CDs), the Christian Science Sentinel–Radio Edition, and the audio edition of the Christian Science Quarterly Weekly Bible Lessons (both sister publications to this newspaper), as well as to recorded hymns. Day and night, I pondered the truths I was hearing and the stories in the Bible I've loved since childhood.

I thought about the colorful life of Joseph in the Bible, especially the episode when he found himself unjustly imprisoned. While there, rather than sulking, he made himself useful, became respected, and was put in charge of the other inmates.

He interpreted the dreams of his fellow prisoners, and when one of them, Pharaoh's butler, was released, Joseph asked the butler to remember him to the king. But the butler forgot Joseph until two years later when Pharaoh had dreams he wanted interpreted (see Genesis, chapters 39-41).

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