"I seek to have divine Principle guide all classroom activity"

The healing of a distressing digestive disturbance came about as I became more involved with work in a branch Church of Christ, Scientist. I can't pinpoint when; I simply remember awaking to the fact my body was in complete harmony. The disorder healed had been of several years' duration, yet it quickly and quietly slipped away. The thought I constantly held to was that it is not what goes into the mouth but what comes out of the mouth that is important (see Matt. 15:11). Thoughts of criticism and condemnation for myself and others were reversed as I tried faithfully to carry out my numerous church duties. There was a vigorous effort to express love for all mankind, and I was sincere and constant in my efforts to know only God's perfect man—seeing myself and others in this light. I found it increasingly easy to look beyond the mortal, material manifestation to God's spiritual realm of the real. This brought peace, harmony, and wholeness to thought, which were then manifest in a properly functioning physical system.

In working out discord in our homelife, I found a most vigorous challenge. I knew God was on the scene, and I never doubted the outcome. As my understanding grew that God, Principle, lovingly and eternally supports and sustains His creation, even when we appear to be going through trials, God's will was shown in our lives in harmony and order. There were wrong concepts and practices needing correction. My greatest dedication was to patience, as I had not been inclined that way.

A painful and crippling condition in my back was healed within a day when I realized no fear of transgressing material law could govern me, since God's law alone governs man. The same inspiring thought was applied in the virtually instantaneous healing of a severe cold. This took place one midmorning at school while I was teaching. By noon I was completely well.

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August 18, 1980

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