‘Faith as a grain of mustard seed’

When I was a little girl, my grandmother gave me a pendant that had been hers as a teenager. As I grew up, I always remembered the tiny mustard seed that was suspended within it.

Although I had grown up going to Sunday School in a Protestant church, I was not familiar with Jesus’ words: “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you” (Matthew 17:20). Since the pendant’s hole for a chain was too tiny for it to be slipped onto any necklace I owned, I put the piece of jewelry into a small box in my closet and forgot about it for many years.

In college, my best friend was a Christian Scientist, and I occasionally went to church with her and her mother. When I lived with them one summer, I began reading articles from the Sentinel as we sat by the pool. One issue I found particularly helpful contained several articles addressing praying spiritually about body weight. I had gained some weight in college, overeating because of the sadness I felt at my dad’s death the previous year. I read that issue over and over until the pages were smeared and crinkled from suntan lotion and pool water.

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