A guest post written by Sue Barber
When I was new to Christian Science, I loved to go to the local Christian Science Reading Room – a place to quietly pray and to find spiritual answers. I appreciated the welcoming staff member, who was happy to answer any questions I had, but most of all I cherished going into the study room, where I was left to study and pray. I remember that at the time I felt I had so many questions and doubts, and no good answers. Away from the cares and demands of everyday living, I just soaked up the inspiration, the guidance, the encouragement, and the feeling that God loved me. As I studied, I found a firm foundation for peace, happiness, and healing by learning to turn to God. The availability of this Reading Room and others I visited played a major role in opening my thought to God.
These spiritual oases are found in cities, towns, and villages all around the world. When I visit a Reading Room, I have always felt welcomed, refreshed, and surrounded by inspiration, whether I’ve stayed for a short or a long time. I’ve found these quiet Reading Rooms are great places to read, pray, ponder, sort out, recharge, and heal. Many have found inspiration here to rise above problems of any kind: health, emotional, relationship, job, supply, family, community, national, and world problems, and see that there are solutions.
Reading Rooms are packed with more than a hundred years of inspiring poems, articles, accounts of healing that awaken spiritual sense and help us know that all is well, that God is present with each of us, and that God loves us, cherishes us, and sees us as S/He has made us – perfect, all good, complete. Reading Rooms stock Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, written by Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, as well as Bibles, Bible reference materials, and a wide variety of inspirational music.
I encourage anyone who is searching for spiritual answers to visit a Christian Science Reading Room – I feel deep gratitude for the answers I have found and continue to find there.