Thoughts for a Beginner

Many surprises are often in store for the one who has just turned to Christian Science for help, and perhaps not the least of these is the difficulty he seems to experience in getting the practitioner to realize the extreme gravity of the situation with which he is confronted. This physical trouble from which the patient seeks relief has been, perhaps for years, the dominating factor in his thought. Its type and general symptoms, past history, present status, and future outlook are of such absorbing interest to him that he is somewhat disconcerted to discover that a recital of its various details does not appear to be received by the practitioner with that respectful consideration which he feels to be its due.

It is possible, the patient wonders, that the practitioner does not understand how sick he really is! He hears a cheery voice say: "Well, that does seem to have been pretty bad, doesn't it? Suppose we talk about something pleasanter. Suppose for just a little while we talk about God and His goodness and love, and how He never wants any of His children to be sick and unhappy."

"A word in season"
March 11, 1916

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