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Root out the dandelions!
We can experience lasting healing as we
carefully "tend" our thinking.
I'm not much of a gardener. The other day I went into the garden and mowed down all the dandelions that were spoiling the lawn. Much to my surprise, in a few days they were all back again. A friend laughed when I told him. He said, "You only cut the tops off; you didn't pull up the roots."
That made me think of the whole subject of healing, and how we deal with disease through the practice of Christian Science. Material methods of treating illnesses do what I did with the dandelions; they tackle the effect of the problem, not the cause. They don't go to the root of the problem, which is always thought. Pills and drugs don't heal thought.
The body doesn't get diseased or ill by itself. The tear comes to the eye as the result of a sad thought; the smile comes to the lips because of an amused or a happy thought. And while the connection may seem less obvious, a study of Christian Science helps us see that illness and all other kinds of discord have, fundamentally, a mental origin. They stem from the underlying misconception that man can be separated from God, good. Illness isn't sent from God, divine Love, nor is it the product of certain material conditions over which we have no control. As Mrs. Eddy says in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health, "It breaks the dream of disease to understand that sickness is formed by the human mind, not by matter nor by the divine Mind."
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FROM THE EDITORS
Prayer and the environment
Nancy Goodman Tucher
No nuclear midnight in God's care
Rosalie E. Dunbar
On the Pulse of Morning
An excerpt from the poem by Maya Angelou
Letters to the PRESS—and other articles
with contributions from Linda Shaver
Healing at home, healing in the world
Root out the dandelions!
Robert A. Moss
FROM HAND TO HAND
"In earth, as it is in heaven"
William E. Moody
Respect for conscience
Barbara M. Vining
Having loved and studied Christian Science for over fifty...
Helen Swanson Ruhl
Can God bring healing to a situation that appears beyond...
Jeffrey L. Plum
At one time I had the desire to become a member of a...
Sally Ann Beale
Our family has enjoyed innumerable blessings through the...
Patsy F. Laughridge