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A PROMISE OF PROGRESS
THROUGHOUT MY LIFE I generally saw myself as a good person, trying to love my neighbor as myself. I was confident that I was on the right track in practicing Christian Science. But when I was faced with a physical challenge a little over five years ago, I began to gain a much deeper sense of what it really means to love my neighbor. The experience completely refreshed my conception of how I was viewing others—and myself—and has served as a landmark experience of spiritual growth for me.
When a pain developed in one of my arms, I did not think much of it at first. I prayed to know that God had never created pain, and because God, good, is the only cause, pain could have no cause and therefore no effect upon man. I remembered overcoming pain in one arm 15 years earlier through spiritual prayer, and I expected this issue would be healed quickly as any physical or mental ailments in the past were always effectively healed through fervent prayer.
Yet instead of a quick and whole healing, which I was used to seeing, I found that the pain persisted over a period of several months. It was the severest when I would go to bed at night, and I could only sleep if I lay flat on my back without moving.
About the author
T. Michael Fish is a Christian Science practitioner. He lives in Clifton, Virginia.
with contributions from PHYLLIS RAND, DILYS BELL, VICKI KNICKERBOCKER, RICK LIPSEY
ON THE GROW
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Sarah Nightingale, Yonat Shimron
MIDDLE EAST PEACE: LET THE PAST BE GONE
SACRAMENTS THAT TAKE PLACE IN THE HEART
READY TO RESPOND
BY GREG JARVIS
GOD'S UNERRING DIRECTION
BY JIM BAKER
WHY THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE
WHAT IT TAKES FOR A SPIRITUAL HARVEST
BY ROBIN HOAGLAND
SOME SPIRITUAL MILESTONES
BY LOUIS BENJAMIN
A PROMISE OF PROGRESS
BY T. MICHAEL FISH
AWAKE TO GOD'S LOVE
GOD ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS
BY RUTH OLAWUWO
Our prayers for rain
with contributions from Akash, Amesh, Mischa, Kaiya, Kimanii, Malia, Augustus
HEALED OF FLU SYMPTOMS
KEITH S. COLLINS
HEALING OF HEADACHES AND DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS
DULCINÉA BRAGA DIAS BUENO TORRES
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE CLERK OF THE MOTHER CHURCH