Cast off the cloak of dreams

The history of error is a dream-narrative.  
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 530. 

Do you wear your personal history like a garment?
Do you drag your past along on the same old road?
Do you think, perhaps, somewhat like Bartimeus,
that the blindness of this history has to go?
You’ve always had the right, you know, to drop it,
to use your tools, to leave it all behind. 
Yes, you have the faith as well as courage
to cry out to the Christ, be unconfined.
Bartimeus had the courage to ask for mercy,
and faith to know that he would see again.
The cloak he wore as beggar seemed his history.
It was the bulk of what he owned until then.
When Jesus called, the beggar cast it off him;
he rose ready to be healed, receiving sight.
If he gathered up his cloak, he must have found it lighter
from his recommitted faith to follow Christ.
So rise and throw away your heavy history;
prepare yourself for progress spiritually.
It’s time to cast the dream away and leave it,
to receive and follow Christ . . . freely.

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