We read in Proverbs (13:12),...

We read in Proverbs (13:12), "Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life." And in Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy says (p. 1), "Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds."

These words came to me during deep mental depression. For thirty years I had had proofs of God's love and care, but this problem bewildered me. I knew I could find the answer only in consecrated study of the Bible and Mrs. Eddy's writings.

On page 127 of "Miscellaneous Writings" I found Mrs. Eddy's statement: "When a hungry heart petitions the divine Father-Mother God for bread, it is not given a stone,—but more grace, obedience, and love. If this heart, humble and trustful, faithfully asks divine Love to feed it with the bread of heaven, health, holiness, it will be conformed to a fitness to receive the answer to its desire; then will flow into it the 'river of His pleasure," the tributary of divine Love, and great growth in Christian Science will follow,— even that joy which finds one's own in another's good."

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Testimony of Healing
In the Manual of The Mother Church...
October 28, 1961

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