“Be Careful for Nothing”
by Mary Beth Singleterry
Today much has been written about the stress and depression many people experience during the holiday season. Is there anything we can do to be free of these negative emotions that would try to keep us in bondage? On page 406 of our textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mrs. Eddy states, “The Bible contains the recipe for all healing. ‘The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.’ . . . The tree is typical of man’s divine Principle, which is equal to every emergency, offering full salvation from sin, sickness, and death.” How comforting it is to know that the Bible has the answer to every problem known to man, including the problem of stress.
In Philippians, Paul writes, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” To be “careful for nothing” means don’t be worried, anxious, or stressed out! God’s word gives us the “recipe” to do away with such feelings. The moment you feel concerned about anything, be it big or small, pray earnestly to your heavenly Father. Talk to Him and seek His loving help and counsel. Thank Him for the wonderful blessings He has already given you. As you do this, you will feel His presence, and all the fear and anxiety will melt away. You will know that He is in charge of your life, and of the lives of those you love.
The next verse in Philippians goes on to say, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Thank God for Christian Science, for blessing us all with His peace this Christmas season and forever!