No aging process for God's ideas

While attending a 55th high school class reunion, I was confronted with many suggestions of aging and related physical complaints from my classmates. I also visited a family member who had recently moved into a care facility. Several times a day, I went off by myself for quiet prayer to clear my thoughts so that I would see only God’s perfect man. 

I had left my West Highland White terrier with a friend who cared for him while I was away on trips. On my way home from the airport, I went to my friend’s house to take my little pet home. But Duffy didn’t look the same as when I’d left him the week before. His eyes were dull, ears back, waggly tail tucked, and he moved slowly, like a much older dog. My friend informed me that Duffy was going blind, losing his hearing, and had arthritis in his hind legs. When I asked her how he did on their morning walks, she said she hadn’t been able to take him out because she had arthritis in her knees.

As I was leaving, Duffy didn’t jump into my car as usual, but had to be lifted into it. While driving home, I tried to deal with fear for Duffy’s well-being. I realized my first responsibility as a Christian Scientist was to get rid of all thoughts of age and debility, because I knew that negative thoughts shut out healing. 

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