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THE PHONE CALL that evening proved to be a turning point in my public practice of Christian Science. The caller had just returned from a weekend snowboarding trip and was concerned and uncomfortable because of a severe sunburn. We shared ideas about God's protection, and that fear of exposure to the sun resulting in permanent damage could be healed immediately. She then asked me to pray for her, and I did.

My friend (who has given me permission to share this experience) called in two days to say that all evidence of sunburn was healed, along with fear of any lingering consequences. We both rejoiced in God's power to heal. I was happy to give this treatment because in recent months, I had been praying deeply about a more public practice of Christian Science. There had been many steps in my path toward this goal before the call that night.

After college nearly 20 years earlier, I'd had Christian Science Primary class instruction. At that time, I was happy in my career as a partner in an advertising agency. Yet during this class there was a definite stirring—a willingness in my heart to practice Christian Science not just for myself but also to help others. What followed was a spiritual honing of character and practice. This involved learning to let go of self-will, and striving to express more unselfed love, meekness, childlike trust, and consistent listening for God's guidance. Mary Baker Eddy wrote, "Willingness to become as a little child and to leave the old for the new, renders thought receptive of the advanced idea" (Science and Health, pp. 323–324).

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July 26, 2010

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