"Who touched me?"

When Jesus was on his way to heal the daughter of the ruler of the synagogue, a great crowd followed him, pressing close upon him. His disciples were surprised to have him ask, "Who touched me?" But Jesus had felt the thought that had reached out to the Christ, Truth, to be healed; and he called it out from the multitude.

Before we knew of the teachings of Christian Science, we believed that our thoughts were our own, to do with as we liked. We allowed them to wander in any direction, to include any imagination or fancy, or to rest upon anyone without penalty or even detection. Then we learned, as Christian Science teaches, that thoughts manifest themselves in human affairs, and that we are as responsible for wrong thinking as for wrong doing. We began to realize that our surroundings and our very world are the product of thought. Our next step was to learn how to govern the thoughts that had been allowed to run riot.

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 261) Mrs. Eddy tells us to "hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true." At first this seemed a difficult thing to do; but gradually we became more discriminating, and out of the multitude of our thoughts we detected those that did not conform to right thinking. Did we then become dismayed, discouraged, and self-condemning because the wrong thoughts seemed to be so persistently ours; or did we do as Jesus did—call them out and make them confess that they were no part of our real selfhood?

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A Sure Foundation
November 10, 1928

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