Don't let the moose in your window

Living in Alaska, I've become accustomed to seeing moose around town, in the neighborhood, and in my yard. But one night I had a funny dream in which seven or eight moose were in our front yard. As I stood at the window watching them, one by one they came up to the house and jumped in through the window. At that point I woke up to find that, of course, there were no moose in the house.

Later that day as I was working, I suddenly felt a sharp pain in my leg. When I stood up, I could hardly walk and felt unable to put any weight on that leg. I immediately turned to God in prayer. Because God made each of His children in His own image and likeness, I affirmed my relation to God as His child, good and perfect in every way. The Christian Science textbook, Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy, states: "There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. ... Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness" (p. 468).

I then recalled that silly dream, and thought, "Don't let the moose in the window"; that is, don't let a false concept of who I really am—a concept as unreal as a dream—control me. The pain and weakness were as much a dream as the moose jumping through my window. Just as waking from the sleeping dream revealed no moose in the house, awakening from the belief that I could be weak and subject to pain could free me from this trouble. I recalled the statement in Science and Health "When we wake to the truth of being, all disease, pain, weakness, weariness, sorrow, sin, death, will be unknown, and the mortal dream will forever cease" (pp. 218-219).

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June 28, 1999

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