New inspiration—and healing!

Each Sunday, Christian Science services conclude with Mary Baker Eddy’s “scientific statement of being” from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (p. 468), the correlative Scripture from First John 3:1–3, and a benediction. Sometimes when we hear the same words over and over again, we begin to tune them out, gloss over them, and lose the message. Maybe our thoughts wander and we start thinking about where we’re going to meet friends for Sunday morning brunch or worry about making it back home in time for some event that afternoon. In other words, we’ve mentally “checked out”!

Several years ago, while facing a physical challenge where my entire body was covered in hives, I read the correlative Scripture from The New Testament in Modern English, revised version, by J. B. Phillips: “Consider the incredible love that the Father has shown us in allowing us to be called ‘children of God’—and that is not just what we are called, but what we are. This explains why the world will no more recognise us than it recognised Christ. 

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