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Seeing clearly

From the March 11, 2019 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


I was in the car with my mom, who was driving me to a volleyball tournament, when suddenly I found myself having trouble seeing. There were large black spots in my left eye, and they seemed to grow larger until it became almost impossible to see out of that eye. At first I told myself that whatever was wrong would just go away. But as I closed my eyes, it occurred to me that, actually, I could pray about the issue as I’d learned in the Christian Science Sunday School, because in the past, prayer had helped me with other problems. 

I also told my mom what was going on, because I was afraid and wanted her to help me pray. When I told her, she helped me shift my perspective to a more spiritual one by sharing the spiritual definition of eyes from the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. While most of us might think of eyes simply as two physical organs, it helped to consider them differently, and I listened as my mom shared the definition: “Eyes. Spiritual discernment,—not material but mental. 

“Jesus said, thinking of the outward vision, ‘Having eyes, see ye not?’ …” (p. 586). 

I reasoned that since God is Spirit, and everything He made is spiritual, then my sight is spiritual, too, and I felt a little more confident about my true vision being permanent. 

After we prayed with these ideas for a while, I felt less afraid, and the idea of love came to me. I thought of what an early student of Christian Science remembered Mrs. Eddy saying about healing instantaneously: “I will tell you the way to do it. It is to love! Just live love—be it—love, love, love. Do not know anything but Love. Be all love. There is nothing else. That will do the work” (We Knew Mary Baker Eddy, Expanded Edition, Vol. I, pp. 296–297). She wasn’t just talking about being a really nice and loving person, but about feeling and expressing the love that comes from God, divine Love.

I started to focus on loving everything and everyone I saw around me.

As I thought about this, a warm, fuzzy feeling of love began to flood my thoughts, and despite my discomfort, I forgot about my eye. Instead, I started to focus on loving everything and everyone I saw around me. I began to express gratitude for literally everything that was visible to me. As we drove through the city, I realized how easy it had become for me to love all the people I saw, because this love came from God, and God created us as His loved sons and daughters—brothers and sisters. I saw loving them as a completely normal thing to do.

Before I knew it, the large black spots in my eye had dissolved completely. When I saw the world around me through my spiritual vision, in the light of divine Love, the healing took place. 

I was able to play volleyball really well that day and to have a great tournament. However, this experience was also farther reaching. I’d been having a hard time getting along with a girl on my team who had been rude to me for no apparent reason. It was difficult to play with her when she seemed so hostile. 

My mom and I had talked about seeing her in a more loving light—not excusing her behavior, but knowing that she was really the expression of Love, in spite of what her words and actions might suggest. But I hadn’t made a lot of progress until my realization about love that morning in the car. When I showed up to my games that same morning, this girl smiled and waved at me (which she’d never done before), expressed joy and teamwork during the tournament, and afterward, was much more friendly toward me. I was so grateful that deeply loving everyone as God’s children had had an effect on this situation as well. In fact, later that summer, this girl showed up at the sand volleyball camp I attended and asked me to be her partner. We even became closer friends that summer.

I am so grateful for everything I’ve learned in Christian Science and for how it helps me to see myself and others spiritually and clearly.

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