One evening more than twelve years ago I called a Christian Science...

One evening more than twelve years ago I called a Christian Science practitioner for help. (For some months I had been having trouble breathing. Despite my own study and practice of Christian Science, there seemed to have been little progress in relieving the condition. Then a midnight crisis had brought about a need for immediate help.) The practitioner's response startled me, because he asked if I had elm tree disease.

When I responded to the question by saying no, he asked why. I stated that I was not an elm tree. Then the practitioner calmly replied that neither was I a mortal.

There was a short silence as I began to see the truth he was awakening me to. Because I was not an elm tree, I could not suffer from a condition that supposedly affects elm trees. It naturally followed that because in truth I was not a mortal, I could not be the victim of disease, which is a mortal belief. In fact, God's image—my true nature—knows no stage of misery and woe. God's man and all His creation exist at the point of infinite perfection and eternal life. This truth, understood and demonstrated, restores people—and trees—to normalcy.

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November 26, 1984

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