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When I was giving birth to my first son, I felt carried throughout the whole labor process. All the usual fears and apprehensions about giving birth were quelled by the powerful message that “Truth stands at the door of my thinking, knocking for admission,” which is a paraphrase of this statement from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “A higher and more practical Christianity, demonstrating justice and meeting the needs of mortals in sickness and in health, stands at the door of this age, knocking for admission” (p. 224 ).
As labor began at midnight, I was at first so surprised by the contractions that I jumped out of bed with each one and thought I could not bear them lying down. But then I determined to stay close to the truth in that quote from Science and Health. With each contraction I turned my thinking away from the body and was determined to feel instead the “knocking” of Truth at the door of my thought, revealing new views of spiritual existence.
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