I Asked for Christian Science Treatment...

...and then what? As the patient, what was my part? (Prayerful healing work was being undertaken at my request on my behalf by a practitioner listed in The Christian Science Journal.) A flood of answers came swiftly to my thought.

• I could be obedient to whatever I was asked to study and ponder. In this case I was invited to study the definition in Science and Health of the word "wilderness" and to try to see this trial as, in Mrs. Eddy's words, "the vestibule in which a material sense of things disappears, and spiritual sense unfolds the great facts of existence." Science and Health, p. 597; I also studied a verse from that week's Lesson-Sermon, found in the Christian Science Quarterly, stating God's promise to His children to provide guidance and supply in even the most unpromising situations: "I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert." Isa. 43: 19. Deliverance from all seeming evil is assured, I reasoned, and rejoiced in this thought.

• I could actively support the effectiveness of the practitioner's work by being willing for the prayerful reasoning to uncover and destroy whatever ungodlike lies about myself were imposing themselves upon my consciousness. I knew that Christian Science treatment is orderly, thorough, inspired, fruitful, and it results not only in physical freedom but in profound and long-lasting inspiration for both patient and practitioner. This has to be, because the activity of God's spiritual law governs everyone involved. Healing is always the inevitable result of illumined thought that recognizes clearly the allness of God, good.

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August 21, 1976

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