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A number of years ago, while working late, I was hit by a deep sense of depression. This condition had come and gone in the past, but it seemed particularly severe in this case. After a period of enduring, if not indulging, the challenge, I found myself thinking about Jesus’ “great commandment”: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37, 38).
I noticed that the commandment included three of the seven synonyms for God given on page 587 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy—Love, Soul, and Mind—and decided to pray with the passage in relation to those synonyms.
The first synonym was Love. What came to mind was the biblical promise, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear” (I John 4:18). I decided to focus on loving God, mankind, and myself in order to eclipse the fear that seemed so prevalent. The prayer was effective, because the fear was soon overcome. But there was still work to be done. I went on to work with the synonym Mind.
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