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On taking a trip around the world, I had been struck by the widespread practice of superstition I had seen. While some countries shared particular superstitions, others practiced those that were uniquely their own. As I thought about superstition in this global context, I began to understand that underlying such practices is the belief that God is neither all good nor all-powerful.
In going through my mail upon returning, I found a bill that dumbfounded me. It was for consulting work I had not authorized. On my answering machine, there was a message inquiring why I had not responded to the invoice. The situation seemed outrageous. For several nights I could not sleep, I so dreaded the encounter with the individual sending the invoice since he was someone with whom I had enjoyed a very pleasant association in the past, and I did not want anything disagreeable to come between us.
One morning I sat by the telephone getting ready to call him. I was making a list of all the reasons why I felt I did not owe his bill. As I did so, this statement from Science and Health suddenly came to me: "The real jurisdiction of the world is in Mind, controlling every effect and recognizing all causation as vested in divine Mind" (p. 379). Letting go of my interpretation of what was right in this situation, I tried only to desire God's judgment, to recognize that divine Truth is the only authority. If I owed anything, I wanted to pay it. I wanted to do the right thing, and so did the other person! I knew that God was in control, that He was governing.
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To Our Readers
William E. Moody
with contributions from Ronald Walker, Nancy Mawhinney, The Editors
Spiritual growth—here and now
By Robin Jagel Berg
Elizabeth Lynn Hain Richards
What's your self-image?
By Mark Swinney
Outdoors, and Ouchless
Elise L. Moore, Peter James Wilson
Looking for a good investment?
By Judith H. Hedrick
"If I'm to move, God, show me where..."
By Lorraine J. Armentrout
Our true home
Martin K. Budu-Kwatiah
Samuel and Saul
By Luisella Jaques-Deraney
Inspiration from the Bible results in quick recovery
David M. Lowe
Prayer heals dysentery
Employee conquers work-related pain and stress
Alvina A. Williams
Spiritual renewal after divorce
A boy turns to God in prayer
Lysander McKown with contributions from Melinda McKown
666—The mark, the number, the name of the beast
By Pamela K. Martin
Gloria McElroy Pennell
Is it anti-intellectual to believe in God?
Mary Metzner Trammell