To say that I have always loved the Ten Commandments would...

To say that I have always loved the Ten Commandments would not be true. But I have loved the Commandments since I learned to understand them in Christian Science. There was a time in my life when I didn't want to have anything to do with the Commandments. Through being disobedient to them I was brought to a very sad state of affairs. Then turning again to Christian Science and these laws, I was lifted out of poverty, sin, sickness, and the belief of death. But the greatest joy in the understanding of the Commandments came when I was seeking release from great bodily pain.

For some months I had been suffering with pain throughout my entire body. At times I had treatment from Christian Science practitioners and would be relieved for long periods of time, but the pain returned. Then once, in the early morning hours, I was awakened in suffering. At first I was very fearful of several diseases. Suddenly I heard myself say, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me"—the first commandment (Ex. 20:3). I knew then, as the second commandment teaches, I couldn't make "any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth." I knew I could not hold in thought an image or picture of a diseased condition; that God, good, creates and controls the entire universe. There isn't an image, picture, or quality in my consciousness that does not proceed from divine Love, nor a thought that is unlike God, good.

Continuing, I repeated each commandment. I knew there is no inherited weakness. I also knew that all God's ideas come under the same law of perfect God and perfect man. Realizing that this was my "sabbath day," I could rest from the fears and torments of a belief of diseased body. Held in God's law, I could continue to keep my sabbath holy.

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Words of Current Interest
January 15, 1977

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