Universality of divine Love breaks mesmerism of disease and isolation

In October 1979 I was on tour in Nepal with several Christian Scientists who, like myself, are in their retirement years. While there, we went on a special trip to the highest hotel in the world—thirteen thousand feet above sea level—where we were told one would have the most impressive view of Mount Everest.

We flew in one day and were to come back the next morning. However, the following day we returned to the airstrip only to see very heavy fog rolling in, which we knew would prevent planes from landing. (The hotel was some distance from and almost a thousand feet higher than the small grassy area used as a landing strip.) Expecting the weather to clear and the plane to return for us the next day, we chose to stay in a mountain climber's trekking lodge near the airstrip rather than make the long climb back up to the hotel in the extremely cold and windy rain and fog. There was no communication between the hotel and the trekking lodge. In fact, we were so isolated there that the only way to get out, aside from the plane, was by walking to the nearest road for vehicles—a sixteen-day walk for a Nepalese.

The lodge was a crude stone but without running water, heat, or electricity. And the sanitary facilities were very primitive. Since it was so damp and cold, we each wore, in addition to heavy clothing, a down jacket and two sleeping bags.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

July 21, 1980

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.