I can attest to the healing efficacy of the statement, "Hold...

I can attest to the healing efficacy of the statement, "Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 261). Adherence to this admonition gave me needed strength on a difficult hike. The statement was an inspiration to me again when I was faced with a frightening physical symptom.

A few years ago I was hiking in very mountainous country with my husband and teen-age daughter. Both of them are very strong hikers. We were making our way across country with no trail, following a creek in a deep, narrow canyon. Since there were no creek banks, we waded down the creek, climbing over large logs and boulders, and sliding down into pools of water. I soon felt I was not strong enough to keep up; and I had doubts about my ability to get back up the creek, pulling myself up and over the logs and boulders, and climbing out of the canyon to return to our car.

August 15, 1977

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