One morning as I started to get out of bed, I found that my...

One morning as I started to get out of bed, I found that my legs were unmovable and had no strength or feeling. I was terrified. I wondered what would happen to me and who would take care of me, as my husband had just passed away a few months before. I was staying with a daughter at this time, and I asked her to call a Christian Science practitioner to request prayerful help.

My daughter had an extension phone put in my room so I could be in daily communication with the practitioner. I was given references to study, which kept me spiritually uplifted. The practitioner said I was a spiritual idea of God, perfect and complete, and that nothing could be added to this idea and nothing could be taken away.

She called my attention to the following passage from the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health: "When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious—as Life eternally is—can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not" (p. 495). Since I was God's expression, I could only experience what is of God.

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