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As we get our gardens ready in the spring by preparing the ground to receive the beauty that will come forth, so in many ways we do the same for ourselves in our prayers. We first prepare our mental soil to be ready to let our beauty show forth. How do we do that? First, we listen to God. Next, we turn to our tools: the Bible; the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy; the Bible Lessons published in the Christian Science Quarterly; and the articles and testimonies in the Christian Science periodicals.
I had an opportunity to both listen to God and use these tools in taking care of my mental garden. One day, after a brief walk, my hip and leg started giving me a lot of pain. After about a week, it became increasingly difficult to be mobile. I knew this problem was not true of my being because I am a child of God, created spiritually. In Science and Health, we read: “Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements. The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God. Matter is not that likeness” (p. 475).
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