Is man a false believer?

Some years ago I received a call at work from my wife, telling me that our daughter wasn't feeling well. At the time, many schoolchildren were experiencing flu, and the symptoms described by her suggested that this was the case with our daughter. My wife said she would take her home and see to her needs, and we both agreed to begin praying immediately.

For as long as I can recall, each member of our family has relied on prayer in Christian Science when faced with any kind of difficulty. While in some instances we've seen quick healing, and in others greater persistence was required, we never doubted that the underlying truths for spiritual healing were consistent and reliable. Through an understanding of God, the sole creator, and through obedience to His spiritual laws that govern all true existence and produce all harmony, we can defeat fears and correct the misconceptions that underlie discord.

Later that afternoon, while coming home on the train, I began to feel unsettled. Questions kept coming to me. Would this be difficult to heal because our daughter seemed impressed with the large number of people who were ill and unable to attend school? Was she assuming that she, too, would be bedridden for as long as some of her friends? Did she really want to be healed, or was she secretly hoping this would become an opportunity to miss school?

February 22, 1993

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