My sister, who is not a student of Christian Science, had been...

My sister, who is not a student of Christian Science, had been caring for our elderly mother (who is also not a Christian Scientist) for about three years, when one day my sister remarked to me that she felt she had lost her freedom. (I had been traveling some distance to Mother's home to take over from time to time, but I hadn't been able to do this often.) I realized it was time for me to do deeper praying about this whole situation.

As I listened for God to tell me what I needed to know, these words came loud and clear: "Man is free born" (see Miscellaneous Writings by Mrs. Eddy, p. 183). I went on to affirm that as God's creation, man is made "in the image of God" (Gen. 1:27), and so man expresses unfettered freedom and activity. In Science and Health Mrs. Eddy says this of Christian Science (p. 114): "It shows the scientific relation of man to God, disentangles the interlaced ambiguities of being, and sets free the imprisoned thought." I acknowledged that God is Mind and that we all reflect the one Mind as God's beloved children. My sincere desire was to find an answer that would satisfy all our needs.

Shortly after this, Mother, of her own accord, indicated that she would like to move into a residential home for older people. (To human sense, this seemed amazing, because she had been opposed to the idea previously.) It had come to me at this time that I should have my mother near me, where I could be with her frequently. So I made inquiries with regard to residential homes in our area. There were few such homes, but one place, just four miles from where I live, would meet all requirements. I went ahead and put my mother's name on the waiting list, which I was told was rather long. Hearing this alerted me to claim that God does not know any limitations or delays. "Before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear" is a divine promise found in the Bible (Isa. 65:24).

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January 12, 1987

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