Accepting only what God gives

To understand our real heritage, we should push beyond family histories.

I Had been glancing through a family history and noticed an odd remark: so many of my ancestors had been deaf that it could almost be called a family characteristic. Because of what I had been learning in Christian Science of the spiritual truth of man's nature, my response was immediate: "I don't have to accept this." I refused to believe that my heritage was anything but spiritual and good.

Up to that point I had not been aware of a hearing difficulty, but an incident occurred that showed me there must have been a need for healing. I was walking through an alley downtown when I heard the sound of tires crunching on gravel. Thinking a car was right behind me, I moved over to the side of the alley and looked back. The car was more than half a block away. The level of my hearing had obviously become noticeably more acute than the level to which I had apparently grown accustomed. In the years since, I have continued to have exceptionally acute hearing. How could refusal to accept a supposed family trait make a difference? My protest was based on spiritual truth, the truth Christ Jesus illustrated in his healing work, including his healings of the deaf and the blind. Jesus said, "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31, 32 .

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