Maintaining a spiritual focus restores normal functioning

Two years ago I was attending a meeting in Chicago with a friend. During the meeting I began to feel ill, and after the lunch break I spent quite a bit of time in the ladies' room suffering from diarrhea. As I prayed, I thought of this statement in the Christian Science textbook: "Look away from the body into Truth and Love, the Principle of all happiness, harmony, and immortality" (Science and Health, p.261). To me this meant that I should be so conscious of God and His loving, harmonious control of His spiritual creation, that my body would not be able to hold my attention. I found it very challenging to do this, however. I felt afraid of what my body would do next, and I kept trying to think of things I could do to keep it comfortable and to make it behave normally. Over the next several days I learned some important lessons about how to maintain a spiritual focus.

I spent the next two days at my friend's home, feeling extremely uncomfortable most of the time and unable to leave the house. I was so grateful for my friend's support during this time.

October 25, 1999

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