Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Lift up your soul

Four simple words and yet the applictions are tremendous. When faced with a challenge; physical, financial, or emotional, we can find a solution in prayer. I've shared before the defintion given for prayer by a Christian Science lecturer. He said, "Prayer is cultivating that state of awareness that acknowledges the allness of God." Here is one way to 'lift up' your soul. Turn away from what is confronting you and lift up your thoughts, go higher, elevate thinking. Roll those eyes skyward. We've all done it in a moment of exasperation. But try doing it with a sense of reverence and anticipation. Lift up your eyes. Stop looking down in dispair or defeat. Make an effort, take the first step toward healing. Physically straighten up.

Just what or Who is it we are looking up for? God. And guess what, He is right there. I love how Mrs. Eddy defines God in Science and Health. GOD. The great I AM; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle, Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence. That is what you are lifting yourself up to see. What a relief. Our Father Mother God is right here and right now aware of each one of His/Her ideas, ready to comfort, guard and guide. All you need to do is 'lift up'.

There is a psalm of David, written when he was a fugitive hiding from a murderous king, when he must have been feeling discouraged and defeated. Yet, in that place and and under those circumstances he could write, "Why are thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance." Psalm 42 goes on to affirm "...the Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night His song will be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life."

Lift up your very being to God. Lift up your concept of just who and what you are. Let go of some picture of a sad or tired or unhappy person stuck in some disaster or disease. Lift up your identity and see it established within divine Mind where God sees you as His very image and likeness and is very pleased with you.

That is your assignment for today. I will be doing the same thing. And God will support both of us.

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