Stirring Mortal Thought

An important, primary aim in life should be to grow spiritually up and out of all that is material and mortal. And to do this, we have to be stirred, sometimes even shaken, out of complacency and material-mindedness.

I once needed this stirring several years ago when I was ill. A Christian Science practitioner was praying for me, but I was so mesmerized by the arguments of pain and fear that I phoned every few hours in dismay.

Finally, after allaying my fear, she inquired firmly, "My dear, do you believe God is the only power—or don't you?" I replied soberly, "Of course I believe God is the only power." "Then," she answered, "you can begin right now acting as if you do!"

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August 28, 1976

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