A few years ago, while out of town on a trip, I began showing...

A few years ago, while out of town on a trip, I began showing all the signs of food poisoning. A friend offered to drive me to a hospital, but I wanted to rely on prayer for healing, having had past healings through Christian Science treatment.

I tried to pray for myself, but soon felt fearful of the extreme symptoms, so I called a Christian Science practitioner, who asked me to keep in mind the simple fact that God never made anything that wasn't good. Unfortunately, I didn't cherish this idea right at first; in fact, I blew off the idea as being too simple. And then I spent the rest of the afternoon feeling pretty miserable.

Later that evening, I caught myself thinking that if I could just be rid of everything in my stomach, which I thought was the cause of the sickness, then I would feel so much better. That was when the practitioner's statement came back to me—that God didn't make anything that wasn't good. I realized that the change that needed to take place had nothing to do with my stomach, but rather, with my thinking. I needed to acknowledge that God is the only creator, and that everything He created is good.

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April 3, 1995

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