I recently found it very humbling to be unable to perform my...

I recently found it very humbling to be unable to perform my regular duties, when one morning I could not put any weight on my feet. I was also in pain, and thus confined to bed that day.

I have been a Christian Scientist all my life, and I felt I could pray for myself. So I endeavored to see myself as God sees me: perfect, a part of His creation. This creation does not include anything material, mortal, or troubling. In this prayer I was trying to know my spiritual identity. I was also rejecting mortality, recognizing that matter, unknown to God, is no part of man's identity. Even healthy, pain-free matter is not known to Him. I was not therefore seeking to improve matter; I was seeking only Spirit.

Several days passed by with little improvement. In fact, the condition even grew worse. My wife tactfully suggested that I ask for help from a Christian Science practitioner. I did so, realizing that this would help me to claim the dominion God gave me as His child (see Gen. 1:26). I was not only created by God, but maintained by Him as well.

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September 4, 1995

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