Buried Treasure

[Of Special Interest to Young People]

One day when Jack was twelve years old, he was suddenly stricken with a very painful disease. In the Christian Science Sunday School he had been taught the basic truth that God's child is spiritual and perfect. Now he had to prove this truth by solving this, his first seemingly big problem.

The name attached by mortal mind to the symptoms of this illness, and the discouraging beliefs generally felt and voiced regarding its possible effects, tempted Jack and his parents to believe they had something real to overcome. Also, the pain seemed to move about in such a novel way that it was hard for Jack, who was unable to walk, not to think of it as something real, something with intelligence and dread power.

Jack's mother, sensing this, took her Concordance to Mary Baker Eddy's writings and looked up the word "move." She read to Jack one of the references from the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy (p. 419): "Disease has no intelligence with which to move itself about or to change itself from one form to another. If disease moves, mind, not matter, moves it; therefore be sure that you move it off." Then they talked about the real, spiritual child, made in God's image and likeness, and Jack promised to be obedient to what he had learned in Sunday School about denying the reality or power of evil with the truth that God is ever present and omnipotent and man is His constant expression.

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March 1, 1947

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