A year ago, without any warning, I felt and saw an unpleasant...

A year ago, without any warning, I felt and saw an unpleasant swelling on my face in front of my left ear. Pain and the sight of myself in the mirror alarmed me considerably, but I resolved to be quiet and to remember the truths of Christian Science that have kept me well and happy in the past. However, matters grew more uncomfortable, and I felt it right to consult a Christian Science practitioner.

During the morning I had had a struggle with thoughts of irritation and anger toward certain persons. Now I resolutely put aside threatening suggestions of physical cause and effect and prayed that I might be delivered from all reproach toward others. I knew that the practitioner's loving understanding would never accept as final any fault in me she uncovered for my good. After a talk and a treatment I felt calmer, and I decided to go on with the day as I had arranged and not to look at my face again.

I walked to a shop, my mind full of one prayer: to be freed from thought of personal blame toward anyone and to know that Love sees no wrong. In spite of my courteous approach the shop assistant greeted me with indifference and boredom and did what she felt she had to do without enthusiasm. This did not affect me because my heart was full of prayer for those who had offended me. My thought was concerned only with self-correction and a desire to understand and prove Mrs. Eddy's statement, "Love never loses sight of loveliness" (Science and Health, p. 248). On being left alone in a cubicle, my mind was at peace, and I thought: "Who asked you to sit in judgment on them? Who even asked you to heal them? They belong to God. Loose them and let them go." So I did so. And all discordant thoughts toward others left me, and there was only love.

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February 24, 1968

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