‘Just sleep’ moment replaced with prayer

One Sunday, after attending my branch Church of Christ, Scientist, and running a few errands, I came home feeling awful, struggling with flu-like symptoms. I put on my pajamas, snuggled up with a blanket in a chair, and wrestled with a very strong desire to just sleep.

The week before, the subject of the Bible Lesson in the Christian Science Quarterly had been “God the Only Cause and Creator.” The very first citation from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy had been “Everything in God’s universe expresses Him” (p. 331), and it had jumped out at me in a way it never had before. The word everything particularly leaped off the page, becoming the basis for much of my prayerful work during that week. If what I was experiencing was not expressing God, I would immediately affirm its unreality in God’s universe—the only real universe.

Monitoring our thoughts with this kind of vigilance is easier said than done, but I found it easier to do than usual that week, partly owing to digging deeper into the Bible Lesson and understanding more of our ability to shut out sick or sinful thoughts from our consciousness, something that we are able to do through consecrated prayer. 

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