Right Where We Are

"The very circumstance, which your suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel entertained unawares." These words of Mrs. Eddy's in Science and Health (p. 574) proved to be of great value to a young soldier, a student of Christian Science, while he was taking basic military training. He was attacked with what one of his sergeants believed to be a severe case of pneumonia.

His immediate superiors respected his desire to handle the problem in his own way; but when there was no immediate improvement in the condition, they gave him twenty-four hours in which to work it out. If the condition had not improved by then, he would be sent to the post dispensary. With this challenge before him, he spent some time in specific metaphysical work and prayerful study.

Our Leader tells us (ibid., p. 259), "The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea,—perfect God and perfect man,—as the basis of thought and demonstration." As the student approached his work from this standpoint, he saw that man, the compound idea of God, is incapable of expressing anything unlike Him. The Christian Scientist began to see that what appeared to be a painful, disturbed physical condition was merely the result of disturbed thinking. He had allowed the false belief of an adverse material condition to take possession of his consciousness.

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Claiming Our Right Name
February 6, 1965

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