A demonstration of the facts of Soul in Jesus' way resolves the dark...

"A demonstration of the facts of Soul in Jesus' way resolves the dark visions of material sense into harmony and immortality" (Science and Health, p. 428). This quotation of Mrs. Eddy's reminds me of how Christian Science resolved the "dark visions" I experienced for several years with poor eyesight. I had previously been healed of inflamed eyelids and of the aftereffects of measles in my eyes, by my own prayer. Through daily study of the Lesson-Sermon Sermon in the Christian Science Quarterly, prayer to spiritualize my thought, and active church work, I was determined to heal this condition of blurred vision and be free of the need to wear glasses.

Through the realization of God's goodness I endeavored to see all of God's ideas as good, to love others, and to focus on the inherent good in each individual. I began to pray more for myself. The definition of "eyes" in the Glossary of Science and Health was helpful. It begins (p. 586): "Eyes. Spiritual discernment,—not material but mental." I memorized the answer to the question "What is man?" given in Science and Health (see pp. 475-477). This gave me a clearer comprehension of the real man, God's image. I reminded myself often that it was God, Mind, that was all-seeing, not matter or mortal mind, and that I was in reality God's reflection. I memorized these passages so that I could repeat and ponder their meaning day or night. Another passage that proved so valuable is (Science and Health, p. 486): "Sight, hearing, all the spiritual senses of man, are eternal. They cannot be lost. Their reality and immortality are in Spirit and understanding, not in matter,—hence their permanence."

Three years ago for the first time in our state we were required to take an eye examination to qualify for a driver's license. I was apprehensive about it. Yet I felt my eyesight was improving, as I had been seeing more clearly to read, and I was certain I could pass the test. To my dismay I could hardly read any of the letters. The one in charge suggested it might be nervousness but said I would have to go to an optometrist. The next day was my license expiration date. I got an appointment with an optometrist, but before I went for my test, I called a Christian Science practitioner to pray for me.

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Words of Current Interest
May 21, 1977

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