RISING ABOVE ERROR

A Group of people, all Christian Scientists, were swimming together in the ocean, out beyond the breakers, where the sea was as calm as a lake. Suddenly one of the more experienced swimmers called to one of the women and asked her, "Have you ever encountered the undertow?" She replied that she had not, and he said: "I feel impelled to tell you not to become fearful if you encounter it. Do not struggle against it, but relax while being carried out, and rise above it. Then your body will float in with the next wave."

Shortly after this, the helpful advice proved to be divinely impelled, for soon she felt herself gripped in an undertow. At first it seemed humanly impossible not to struggle, so intense was the suggestion that she must struggle desperately and fight her way out. Then she remembered what she had been told: that she must not struggle against it, that she must relax and rise above it. She obeyed the admonition. Her body then came to the surface like a cork, and she floated safely to shore.

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SERMONET
September 22, 1956
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