As I was going to bed one night a few years ago,...

As I was going to bed one night a few years ago, I discovered a lump in my breast. Suddenly I thought of cancer, and fear flooded my thinking. "The thing which I greatly feared is come upon me" (Job 3:25) was the first Bible verse that came to mind. However, Mary Baker Eddy writes in our textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (p. 410), "Christian scientific practice begins with Christ's keynote of harmony, 'Be not afraid!' " I knew this was where I had to start in order to be healed. Previously, whenever I heard the word "cancer," a sensation of fear would go through me.

After requesting the prayerful assistance of a Christian Science practitioner, I began to research the references to "fear" in the Bible and in Mrs. Eddy's writings. Two that were particularly helpful were, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" (II Tim. 1:7) and, "Fear never stopped being and its action" (Science and Health, p. 151).

I am a member of a Christian Science Society and was, at that time, serving as First Reader. That week I prepared Wednesday testimony meeting readings on destroying fear through an understanding of the allness and omnipotence of God, divine Love. There were still moments of fear and discouragement, but I denied them with a clear understanding of God and man, as His perfect likeness.

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August 22, 1983

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