Each week I become more grateful for the Bible Lesson outlined...

Each week I become more grateful for the Bible Lesson outlined in the Christian Science Quarterly. A friend and I often choose words from the lesson and look up their root meanings. In one week's lesson, the word "reflection" was frequently used, and as I prayed over this, I felt that I needed to learn something more about self-awareness. I daily employed this concept in my prayer, along with the seven synonyms for God given on page 465 of Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. The synonyms are included in Mrs. Eddy's answer to the question "What is God?" which reads: "God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love."

One day at work I began to experience severe head pains. I prayed for some time and continued to carry on the office routine, but the pain increased. It became so intense that my vision was blurred to the point where I could no longer see the material I was typing. Turning from my work, I reached out for my copy of Science and Health. As I did, the word "Church" came to me. I opened the book to page 583 and could dimly make out the words in the definition of "Church," which begins: "The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle." I studied this passage, and as I prayed, I thought of the word "self-awareness." I asked myself, "What is my awareness of Church?" The answers flowed effortlessly: "I'm aware that our Church is founded on the rock, Christ, and therefore is sheltered from materialistic thinking. It is secure because the Christ is indestructible. Its source is flawless, limitless, pure."

I began to use the seven synonyms, relating each to the idea "Church." I continued to pray, stating the terms this way: "I'm aware that true Church is controlled by omnipotent Mind; that it reflects the attraction and substance of Spirit; that it expresses the beauty, peace, and perfection of Soul; that it is under the law and order of Principle and therefore held securely in its God-ordained place; that it expresses the endless activity of Life, the steadfastness and reality of Truth, the gentleness and grace of Love. Because these terms are synonymous with God, Church, which proceeds from God, can never be deprived of fulfilling its purpose, nor these facts ever be reversed." After I prayed along these lines, my vision cleared, and I was completely free of pain.

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December 17, 1979

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