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The power of one spiritual idea

From the March 23, 2020 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


I used to think that in order to have a healing, I had to know everything about Christian Science. But a few years ago, I had an experience that changed all that.

I was at a summer camp for Christian Scientists when I came across a passage from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy that begins, “Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses …” (p. 306). For some reason, that one little phrase really stuck out to me, and I found myself turning to that idea a lot during the week that followed.

“The material senses” refers to the five physical senses—what we use to perceive the physical world around us. So to me, the passage’s opening words were a reminder that even when we find ourselves in chaotic or challenging circumstances, we can remain unfazed by them simply by understanding that we are actually God’s children, governed by Him and His peace at all times. Often, when we feel overwhelmed by what’s going on around us, it’s natural to think that the only way to find peace is to remove ourselves from the situation. However, I could see from this idea in Science and Health that we can remain in the middle of the chaos and not be impressed by it because we’re more aware of God’s presence than we are of all the problems.

I’ve learned to zero in on one spiritual idea rather than trying to know it all.

During that week at camp, many of my friends asked me for help with whatever was troubling them, and I was surprised to discover that this one simple idea was so applicable to everything. And my friends found it helpful and healing, too.

Then came one very busy day when I had this persistent headache that seemed to follow me around all day. That night it got so bad that I was lying in bed in my cabin quietly crying, with my head pounding, my mind spinning, and my nose all stuffed up from the crying. But right then, in the middle of all these chaotic feelings, I suddenly remembered the idea from Science and Health that I’d found so helpful throughout the week. The moment it came back to me, my head relaxed; I took a deep breath—all signs of stuffiness had vanished, and I was completely free from pain. I woke up the next morning refreshed and ready for another great day of camp activities.

It’s comforting to know that one spiritual idea can solve so many issues, because I often feel like I don’t know enough about God or Christian Science to find success with my prayers. But this healing helped me realize that I don’t need to know it all yet; all I need to do is apply what I do already know to any situation.

In my more recent prayers for healing, I’ve learned to zero in on one spiritual idea rather than trying to know it all. And the power of that idea is always enough to heal me.

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— BETH GRIFFIN—STAFF

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