I am reminded of an instantaneous healing I had, each time I...

I am reminded of an instantaneous healing I had, each time I hear the citation from Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy (p. 14): "Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual,—neither in nor of matter—and the body will then utter no complaints. If suffering from a belief in sickness, you will find yourself suddenly well."

A head cold had been tolerated for a few days. I had been invited to a luncheon. The morning found me in much distress, the congestion making normal breathing difficult. I had studied the Lesson-Sermon in the Christian Science Quarterly, but later I saw I would have to either cancel my engagement or do more prayerful study to find some relief. I opened Science and Health, and the passage quoted caught my attention. The words "single" and "moment" stood out clearly. I felt I understood the meanings, but I looked up the synonyms in my thesaurus. I found: "instant," "in less than no time," "in the twinkling of an eye," and other synonyms indicating time that could hardly be measured. I thought surely for that fleeting moment I could become conscious of my spiritual identity. While pondering this I turned to Mrs. Eddy's answer to the question "What is man?" which includes these words (ibid., p. 475): "Man is idea, the image, of Love; he is not physique."

While reading I seemed to lose all trace of time. Later I saw an hour had passed. A joyous feeling of freedom came as the result of this quiet study. There was no sign of a cold. I attended the luncheon in complete freedom. I was so grateful for this experience, for I had been "absent from the body, and... present with the Lord," as the Bible states (II Cor. 5:8).

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Words of Current Interest
November 13, 1976

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