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Christmas and "Ichabod" thinking
In Calvin C. Hill’s reminiscence about Mary Baker Eddy there is a touching story about her finding “sermons in stones.” Hill writes of a time when Mrs. Eddy was feeling discouraged, and of how a rubber band fallen into the shape of a heart reminded her of God’s infinite love for her (see We Knew Mary Baker Eddy, Expanded Edition, p. 332). I can’t count how many times I, too, have found my answers coming from the most unexpected avenues.
During the holiday season last year I was feeling discouraged and unhappy. I reached out in a simple prayer to God for an answer that would “lift the shade of gloom” (Mary Baker Eddy,Christian Science Hymnal, No. 298) that had fallen over me. A few minutes later, as I was walking by the TV, I felt led to turn it on. It was a religious program, and the first thing I heard was a man asking, “Are you feeling dejected, unhappy, discouraged?” Of course that caught my attention, and then he answered it with “Well, you have the Ichabod thinking.”