"Felt ye the power of the Word?"

On a particularly busy day we may think or speak of feeling tired, depressed, frustrated, ill. The way we feel may assume importance and may determine how we act. But we don't have to let negative feelings control our actions.

Christian Science teaches that such feelings can be corrected with the affirmative spiritual perception that evidences God's control. In her "Communion Hymn" the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, asks three questions that challenge negative perceptions and require spiritual discernment: "Saw ye my Saviour? Heard ye the glad sound? / Felt ye the power of the Word?" Poems, p. 75. Feeling "the power of the Word" is a spiritual experience, a deep conviction of the Christly presence, a rich trust in Christ, Truth. It comes as we silence the physical senses so the Word can be recognized. The Psalmist describes God as saying, "Be still, and know that I am God." Ps. 46:10.

A willing harpstring
September 3, 1984

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