Mary Baker Eddy writes in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 132), "The Christian Scientist knows that spiritual faith and understanding pass through the waters of Meribah here—bitter waters; but he also knows they embark for infinity and anchor in omnipotence."

Our faith is undoubtedly tried and our understanding tested. Our spiritual inheritance as children of God is proved step by step, and every Christian Scientist can prove it. The question may sometimes be asked, "How shall I think on my problem if it does not seem to be working out in the way I would hope for? I have prayed over it, but conditions still remain inharmonious." In such a case, do we put aside human will and stop the common practice of outlining how the healing is to take place? This particularly refers to the adjustment of human relationships or the satisfactory solution of a business problem. Christian Science, when correctly applied, heals domestic inharmony or a business difficulty as naturally as it heals a physical ailment. Broadly speaking, it does so on the basis of the nothingness of evil and the allness of God, or good.

We must claim our inheritance as sons of God and include others, even our so-called enemies, within this spiritual inheritance. If we are claiming for ourselves what we deny to others, it may be that a barrier of prejudice is preventing the flood tides of Truth and Love from sweeping away the debris of disagreement. Resentment also may obscure spiritual understanding and prevent a happy agreement from taking place. The student who deals with his problems through the spiritual meaning of the Scriptures as revealed in Mrs. Eddy's writings will invariably find a solution to his difficulties. If things are not going exactly as he would wish, let him face up to the situation and see if he can find a design of wisdom in what is taking place.

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