"Thy kingdom come"

A Christian Science practitioner was once working with a patient whose life for several years had been embittered by the seeming mistake of another. After striving for some time to eradicate the sense of bitterness and resentment, the practitioner looked the patient in the face and quietly asked, "Did these terrible things to which you refer ever happen in the kingdom of God, the realm of Love?" It was a master stroke of Truth, and resulted in almost instantaneous healing of the patient who had struggled for years over this problem. Nor was this all, for the new line of thought awakened proved to be the means of quickening her and cleansing her consciousness from mental sluggishness and apathy in many different ways.

How prone we are to hold on to a certain few of our past experiences, and how loath to acknowledge their unreality, even after this has been proven. If we think we are still suffering from their effects, then we need to go a little farther back and ask ourselves if the discords ever really existed in the kingdom of Love; and if they did not, have we any business, even for a moment, to cast a backward glance toward what in reality never existed? Emphatically no. That point being settled, we should turn our whole attention to the new future, as it is illumined for us by Christian Science.

December 8, 1917
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