Two years ago one of our daughters had a very ugly sore appear...

Two years ago one of our daughters had a very ugly sore appear on her face, and it was spreading rapidly. I called a practitioner for treatment through prayer. Work continued for about a week, but there was no visible improvement. It was vacation time, and we were planning to visit relatives in a nearby state. As we prepared for the trip, I prayed diligently to know if it would be right to go visiting while our daughter had such an apparent problem. As I prayed the morning we were to leave, I began to realize that we were claiming a blessing from God and that all would be blessed. I never doubted the healing power of God, and I knew that the relatives we were to visit would also rejoice in this healing.

As we traveled along, I began to see very clearly the perfection of man in God's image. I could see that this man is not both good and bad, but wholly good. I was beginning to separate in my thought the false concept of man that sense testimony presents as hating and loving, and to see man as the reflection of Love, God, completely loving. The word "hate" kept coming to my thought, and I began working to know there is no power or reality in "hate," for God did not make it and therefore man made in God's image and likeness cannot express it. Mrs. Eddy writes in Miscellaneous Writings (p. 12), "Hate no one; for hatred is a plague-spot that spreads its virus and kills at last."

January 20, 1973

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