"Come with me to a Christian Science lecture"

The writer's invitation to accompany her to a Christian Science lecture was accepted by a friend who had for several years been considered incurably ill. While at the lecture, the friend was suddenly seized with almost unbearable pain. Instead of leaving the church, however, she was kept in her seat by the conviction that the lecturer had something to say that would help her. She listened to his words with deep attention and prayerful hope. In a short time the pain vanished, never to return. She was completely healed.

Why and how was she healed? Her humility, expressed in obedience to the spiritual intuition that bade her remain in her seat, made her receptive and enabled her to yield to the power and love of God revealed in the lecture. She listened with an open mind to the fundamental teachings of Christian Science, namely, that God is infinite divine Principle, wholly good, the only creator, and that man is His image and likeness, and therefore reflects the perfection and harmony of God. She heard developed in logical sequence the corollary fact that sin, sickness, and death—all evil—are unreal because not created by God, who makes all and sustains all. These truths, knocking at the door of her consciousness, found entrance and basically changed her thinking. She communed with God, instead of with the false belief of sickness.

St. John speaks of the ever-presence of the healing Christ in the following words from Revelation (3:20): "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy states clearly how healing takes place (p. 162): "The effect of this Science is to stir the human mind to a change of base, on which it may yield to the harmony of the divine Mind."

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Surrendering False Selfhood
January 11, 1947

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