I'd had a fun, busy weekend—had played cards with friends, canvassed for a political campaign, gone to church, and taken care of all of my weekly chores. I'd gone to bed early Sunday night, thinking to be well rested, both physically and spiritually, to begin the week.

But on Monday morning I woke up with a severe headache. My response was to think about what I'd learned about God and my relationship to Him from studying Christian Science. I went through my morning routine of walking the dog, getting dressed, and eating breakfast, but the terrible pain was still there. I had a long day in front of me, and wondered if I could make it through. I thought of taking aspirin, but I realized that this thought was not coming from God.

So, as I do most mornings, I sat down to study the Weekly Christian Science Bible Lesson, but this time none of the beautiful healing ideas I read seemed to help; I was still in pain. I was ready to call a Christian Science practitioner to pray with me at this point. But then I remembered that the last time I had spoken to a practitioner, I was asked if I had given myself a Christian Science treatment. I hadn't been sure then what that meant. But now I knew—to me a Christian Science treatment is thinking and praying to God in a way specifically related to the situation at hand, in this case a painful headache. At first I thought, "I do not have time. I have to get to work." But I realized once again that this thought was not coming from God, and I sat back down to pray.

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February 14, 2005

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