To take the torment out of time

Any problems in your life? How much time do you feel you need to solve them? A week? A year? . .. maybe ten years? Even if you wanted a thousand years, you could have them. Today. "Beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing," we're exhorted in II Peter, "that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." II Pet. 3:8;

Explaining in the Christian Science textbook this passage of Scripture, Mary Baker Eddy writes, "The rays of infinite Truth, when gathered into the focus of ideas, bring light instantaneously, whereas a thousand years of human doctrines, hypotheses, and vague conjectures emit no such effulgence." Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 504;

And when we think about this, how natural it is to recognize that time in itself isn't a solution to anything. A problem needs an answer—an idea— for solution, not a segment of time. If there is a problem—maybe a physical one—that has been appearing for many years, perhaps even growing, we may be tempted to feel that a large amount of time is needed for healing. But "one day is with the Lord as a thousand years." One day or less of clear, Christ-impelled and focused thinking can reveal all the healing answers we need. The first step of the healing may well be our refusal to wait for a more convenient moment to tackle the problem, and our insistence upon resolving it now.

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The food fable
November 3, 1980

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