When I was a new student of Christian Science, I had a severe...

When I was a new student of Christian Science, I had a severe attack of heartburn. After I had mixed a material remedy, as I was accustomed to do when I had such an attack, and was about to drink it, the thought came to me, why do you need to drink this if you believe what you are reading in the Bible and in Science and Health? Putting the mixture on the table, I sat and thought about some of the truths I had read that morning. Then the first glimmer of what spiritual consciousness means came to me. The mixture was poured down the sink and that was the end of that attack. I have never had another all these years. This was my moment of decision and the first healing experienced through my own effort.

One day I injured my knee and by evening had difficulty in walking. The knee was very swollen. These words from Science and Health had a practical meaning for me (p. 385): "Mind decides whether or not the flesh shall be discolored, painful, swollen, and inflamed." I knew man, God's expression, is untouched by accident or mortality in any way and that discoloration, pain, and so on were concepts of illusory mortal mind which I need not accept. In the morning I was able to go to business as usual, and the knee was soon normal.

Sometime ago I wished to install an electric hot water system in place of the old one which was a combustion type. To do this I believed I first had to sell the old one. I had advertised it for sale several times without result. Then, picking up a copy of The Christian Science Journal one day, I opened it to an article about the cycle of good. The article brought out that a divine idea is never incomplete, and quoted this passage from the Bible (Mai. 3:10): "Prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." Also quoted were Mrs. Eddy's words from The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany (p. 270), "The cycle of good obliterates the epicycle of evil."

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October 28, 1967

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