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After a 21-year career in the United States military, I was undergoing annual VA (Veterans Affairs) medical testing, which was required because I was receiving veterans benefits. During this testing I was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. As a Christian Scientist, I mentally denied this claim as true from the very beginning. Yet the more I denied that it was true, the more evidence was presented to confirm it. It wasn’t enough just to deny the claim; I realized I had to maintain a vigilant reliance on what I had come to understand was the truth about myself as God’s image and likeness.
I held fast to the spiritual fact that God, Spirit, and man, Spirit’s reflection, are one and inseparable; so man could not exist without God, and God could not be manifested without His reflection, man, each one of us. It was crucial for me to hold to this spiritual insight, radically and steadfastly, in order to reject the false claim behind the matter-based diagnosis, to overcome the fear of being separated from God, and to find healing.
Sometimes we have to know the truth vigilantly in order to overcome the stubborn resistance of the carnal, or mortal, mind. A passage in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy explains, “To be immortal, we must forsake the mortal sense of things, turn from the lie of false belief to Truth, and gather the facts of being from the divine Mind” (p. 370). When we are watching our thoughts and praying with an understanding of spiritual truth, we can keep from slipping into complacency or acceptance of discords as realities and heal them instead.
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From the readers
Carol Rounds, Linda Bargmann
Christ—an always-present divine influence
You are worthy of God’s redeeming love
Elizabeth Crecelius Schwartz
Your identity as God’s idea
‘O death, where is your sting?’
Out of the depths of depression
Acute pain healed
'Lo, to our widening vision dawns ...'
Photograph by Charlene Corin Brunner
After a steelmaker’s deception, steps to restore trust
The Monitor’s Editorial Board
Leading with humility
Keith S. Collins
A joyous, empowering standard of care
Kim Crooks Korinek