COMPLETE CONFIDENCE AND FREEDOM

A few years ago, I was elected to be the Second Reader for my Christian Science branch church. I'd been a First Reader years earlier, and had enjoyed this time of devoted, loving service. However, as I began my new assignment as Second Reader, which required that I read the Bible passages from the weekly Lesson Sermon at each Sunday service, I found myself frequently facing physical challenges before church started.

For instance, there were several mornings when I was suddenly overcome with coughing attacks. Each time, I addressed the situation by prayerfully turning to God for healing. It was particularly effective to view these attacks, which I saw as challenges to my true spiritual selfhood, as one would view a bully. Instead of giving in to the symptoms, I mentally faced them down, with the conviction that I was doing God's good work and nothing could prevent me from fulfilling my duties.

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