Joy: A Healing Standpoint

When the writer was new in Christian Science, her young son became troubled by a boil on his nose. It was so severe that it distorted his appearance. She was fearful that relatives would insist that she rely on medical aid, so she asked a Christian Science practitioner to help her through prayer. After describing the problem she was startled to hear the practitioner reply, "Mother, start rejoicing!"

Rejoice? What a strange request this seemed under the circumstances! But she wanted to be obedient. Pondering her life as it was then, compared to what it had been before she learned of Christian Science, she rejoiced in the truth of perfect, spiritual being all morning and into the evening. By the time her son went to bed the pain was gone. The next morning the only trace of the boil was a faint pink spot.

This was a spiritual milestone for the writer because it gave her a glimpse of the powerful effect of true joy. Since that time she has come to realize that rejoicing in God's goodness and allness despite the appearance of evil is scientific, for it is an effective acknowledgment of God's power and presence. Mrs. Eddy tells us, "Immortal Mind is God; and this Mind is made manifest in all thoughts and desires that draw mankind toward purity, health, holiness, and the spiritual facts of being." Miscellaneous Writings, p. 37;

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