For most of my life I sought medical help for the ills of the...

For most of my life I sought medical help for the ills of the body. About five years ago a growth formed on one eyelid. At first I ignored it. But as time passed and the growth became larger, it started to interfere with the vision in that eye. Finally I decided to find out what could be done. I consulted a doctor, who replied that the growth needed to be surgically removed. I asked if it was possible that the growth would go away or if there were any medications that I could put on it. The doctor's reply was "No." Since I was not ready to have someone operate on my eye, I declined the operation.

I had been raised by my grandparents, who were kind and loving but who seemed too strict to me when it came to religion. Over the years I had stopped attending my own church, but later began attending church with my wife, who is a Christian Scientist.

One day after my wife and I had returned from the Sunday service, my wife was going over the following week's Bible Lesson (outlined in the Christian Science Quarterly). I was sitting next to her, watching a football game on television. During one of the timeouts I got up to get a snack and glanced at my wife as I walked by her. She had a strange look on her face, and I asked if anything was wrong. She replied, "No, everything is fine."

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November 18, 1991

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