In November 1974, I became ill

In November 1974, I became ill. I can't tell the name of the disease, because there was no medical diagnosis. The material symptom to be dealt with was pain in my left side that seemed to persist and to exhaust me. I asked for treatment by a Christian Science practitioner. She prayerfully worked for me very earnestly and with great love.

During the first few days my only words were, "I feel so ill." One day the practitioner said to me, "Don't say that. It is not true. Sickness is not real. It does not come from God, and in my prayer I am denying it reality and seeing you as God's perfect child without pain, without disease, and in perfect health." She was quite right. In No and Yes Mrs. Eddy writes (p. 24), "There was never a moment in which evil was real." Not to say it was one thing, but not to think it—with the pain so persistent—was another thing. But I did my very best to know that pain did not belong to God's beloved child.

One evening I was up and wanted to go back to my bed, but suddenly felt I could not walk; it was as if all strength left my body. I should have said, " 'Get thee behind me, Satan' (Matt. 16:23). I can do what is needed for I walk in the strength of the Lord." But I am sorry to say, I did not do so. Instead of that I said, "Father, is this the end of my earthly career?" Then I became unconscious. When I awoke, I was in my bed again and was able to talk with the practitioner. The following morning she made it clear to me that in reality we are not striving to reach spiritual light, for we express this light; it is all around us. Did not the Apostle Paul say of God (Acts 17:28), "In him we live, and move, and have our being"?

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