When I was in elementary school, I began wearing glasses

When I was in elementary school, I began wearing glasses. Later, while I was in college, I would take the glasses off at dances but would become so dizzy I'd have to put them on again. After college I married, and my husband wore glasses. That comforted me, so I no longer felt self-conscious about wearing them. In fact, I got some with very exotic frames the I liked.

Eventually I began to study Christian Science on my own rather than rely so much on my mother, who was a student of Science. In unreasonable zealousness to lean entirely on God, one day I dashed out, threw my glasses on the driveway, stomped on them, and put them in the garbage. After that, headaches and the dizziness increased. I studied Science when I could read by strong sunlight, but I realized that I was trying to force a healing through human will. Finally I had new glasses made for me.

After that I prayed as never before, seeking to work this out not through human will but as a result of spiritual growth. In Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy I read this definition of eyes (p. 586): "Spiritual discernment,—not material but mental.

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November 18, 1985

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