Out of my gratitude to God and a growing understanding of...

Out of my gratitude to God and a growing understanding of my identity as made in His image, I share this healing, which took place two summers ago.

I spent the summer in Israel working on an archaeological dig. About halfway through the season members of the camp became ill in an epidemic that put many of our crew in a hospital. Israeli officials spoke of the possibility of having to close the dig.

I had the symptoms of the complaint and was asked, by our camp nurse, to go to the hospital. As a student of Christian Science, I knew my healing lay not in hospital care, however tender its intentions, but in the healing of a false concept of my identity. The Bible, in the first chapter of Genesis, tells us that man was made in the image of God. I knew that image could not include a sick, fleshly mortal, subject to afflictions and temptations. I understood that God is Love, and Love can never be unloving or allow such a situation as was confronting the harmony of our work and our health. I prayed, realizing these truths, until I could replace the false picture of man as a suffering mortal with the true—man made in the likeness of God, spiritual, whole, and free.

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January 8, 1979

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