Instant truth

I am a middle-school teacher. A few months ago, as I closed an attendance program on the computer and was about to begin class, my eyes fell on an e-mail addressed to me with the words, “Mom, help me!” I’ve never answered a personal e-mail with a class full of 25 students in front of me, but the words I read impelled me to open and read the message.

It was from my daughter who was pregnant. She had become so ill with chills, fever, and flulike symptoms that she could no longer remain at work. Because she had not been able to reach a Christian Science practitioner, she tried to contact me for metaphysical support. It would be two hours before I would have the opportunity for time alone to pray. I only had a moment to respond. 

As I reached out wordlessly to God, an angel message came to my thought. It’s from page 14 of Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy. “Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual,—neither in nor of matter,—and the body will then utter no complaints.” And then what came to thought is what is read in Christian Science churches each Sunday. It’s an explanatory note about the Bible Lesson-Sermon, but it applies so beautifully to man: “. . . undivorced from truth, uncontaminated and unfettered by human hypotheses, and divinely authorized” (see Christian Science Quarterly). This was the truth, the exact truth to meet all of the aggressive mental suggestions facing my daughter and me. 

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From the Editors
Gems on your crown
July 16, 2012

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