For years I suffered a recurring facial rash

For years I suffered a recurring facial rash. The condition was not only unsightly and embarrassing but very uncomfortable. The healing came when suggestions of irritation were destroyed by these calming and simple truths from the book of Job (11:13-15): "If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him; if iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles. For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear."

I have seen tangled webs of human relationships unsnarled through an increasing understanding that God, the all-seeing, all-hearing, and all-knowing Mind, holds us safe from human deviousness. When someone turned against me for no apparent reason, I clung to Mrs. Eddy's promise in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany (p. 210): "Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort." This alleviated my distress sufficiently for me to recall Daniel's statements to the king after spending the night in the den of lions (Dan. 6:22): "My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me." When I stopped reacting to the lies I felt this individual was spreading, and began to act only in concert with what I knew was true of the real man, the rumors stopped. After refusing to speak to me for months, my accuser quite suddenly apologized.

I travel abroad regularly, and taped to my makeup-box mirror I have a few lines from a poem that was published in the Sentinel a number of years ago. The message that it gives of perpetual safety in the presence of God has been very comforting to me—especially in one instance when I was close to the scene of terrorist bombings in a foreign capital. I lived with the ninety-first Psalm (vv. 5, 7): "Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day...A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee."

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Testimony of Healing
Since my earliest memories I have felt God's ever-present love
September 29, 1980

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