To me, the hymns in the Christian Science Hymnal are spiritual...

To me, the hymns in the Christian Science Hymnal are spiritual poetry, a form of deep reaching out to God. I always find the hymns inspiring.

One day while I was cooking, some boiling oil splashed into my eye. Unable to see and in great discomfort, I reached out to God in prayer. Hymn 64 flooded into my thinking. The words "From sense to Soul my pathway lies before me,/From mist and shadow into Truth's clear day" comforted me. I managed to call a Christian Science practitioner for help through prayer, and the pain soon stopped. Shortly I could see again, but my vision was blurred. In a few days, however, my vision was normal; and a burn on my cheek was healed also.

At one period of my life I had some kind of volatile stomach condition, and attacks would come on unexpectedly. The attacks were always debilitating and severe, and at those times reading spiritual truths and sustained prayer didn't seem possible. But I would listen to and think about hymns, and the hymns supported me and uplifted my thought.

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April 24, 1989

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