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Listen, follow, and rejoice!
One Sunday morning as I dressed for church, I realized that a favorite heirloom diamond ring, a precious gift from my mother, was missing from my hand. I had run numerous errands in the past several days and could not remember when I had last seen the ring on my finger. I had no idea where I could have dropped it. Was it in the house, in the car, or somewhere else? Panic set in as I frantically searched around the house in vain. It became obvious to me that prayer was my only option.
At times like this, I have found it helpful to recall “ ‘Feed My Sheep,’ ” a poem by Mary Baker Eddy (Christian Science Hymnal, No. 304). It includes the lines “I will listen for Thy voice, / Lest my footsteps stray; / I will follow and rejoice / All the rugged way.”
Psalm 46 also conveys the idea of listening: “Be still, and know that I am God” (46:10). The message for me at that moment was, “Be still, and stop criticizing yourself for being careless.” I’d learned in Christian Science that God is Mind, the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting divine intelligence. I knew that nothing could drop from or fall outside of Mind’s knowing, and I resolved to listen for Mind’s direction to find the ring.
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