When I was in high school, the choral group I...

When I was in high school, the choral group I was singing with was invited to Romania and other Eastern European countries on a friendship tour. During the tour a number of difficulties occurred: problems with transportation, disagreements with my roommate, and other things. But instead of healing the troubles through prayer, I found myself just "floating with the popular current of mortal thought." (These words are from a sentence in Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy [p. 228]: "Floating with the popular current of mortal thought without questioning the reliability of its conclusions, we do what others do, believe what others believe, and say what others say.")

Near the conclusion of the tour I became quite ill. We were scheduled to fly that day to Czechoslovakia, and as I didn't want to be left behind, I turned wholeheartedly to God in prayer. I felt so much better that I was able to accompany the group on the flight.

However, when we arrived in Czechoslovakia, it was immediately apparent to the immigration officials that several of us were ill. (We were told later that the condition was intestinal flu.) As the officials were unable to diagnose the problem at that point and feared that it might be a contagious disease, they detained us. While we waited I read an issue of The Christian Science Journal that I had carried with me, and I began to gain a sense of inspiration and courage from the articles and the testimonies of healing.

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January 20, 1986

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