Over a rather long period of time, the belief of being an inadequate...

Over a rather long period of time, the belief of being an inadequate mother had plagued my thought and life. It seemed that the young men in our family were having some harsh experiences, and I was feeling responsible.

During about three years I had sought help from a Christian Science practitioner, each time repeating much the same tearful story. Finally one day the practitioner looked at me sternly and said something to the effect that an erroneous belief had hold of my thinking! But I could—and should—shake it off, he said.

At first I felt at a loss to know where to turn for further help. But even as I left the office, I saw that the rebuke was impersonal. It wasn't directed at me, the perfect child of God. The practitioner was just putting down a miserable "straw man" calling itself me and claiming to be a powerful somebody apart from God. At this point I felt relieved that the practitioner had taken this firm stand. I was beginning to see that there is no relief from mortal mind's claim to inadequacy in man except total abandonment of these claims as useless.

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Testimony of Healing
My mother found Christian Science before I was born, and my...
October 5, 1974

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