Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Accept Healing, Now!

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Accept Healing, Now!

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A BEAUTY salon in our neighborhood offers immediate service to walk-ins, and guarantees "No waiting, ever!"

Couldn't we all use more such guarantees?

Some of the hardest waiting of all has to be the waiting for physical healing, our own or that of someone dear to us, that seems to be delayed or even to be blocked altogether.

For years I had worn glasses for reading. This was frustrating because I'd had other healings relating to eyesight through my study of Christian Science. A serious eye infection had been healed, for example, and early symptoms of a disease the optometrist warned would cause eventual blindness had been corrected through prayer. But I still had to wear those glasses!

I felt I did understand at least something of what Mary Baker Eddy, the author of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, had written about vision in her book. She says: "Sight, hearing, all the spiritual senses of man, are eternal. They cannot be lost. Their reality and immortality are in Spirit and understanding, not in matter,--hence their permanence."

There must be some special hard-to-win truth, I thought, that would enable me to read without corrective lenses. I blamed myself for the lack of spiritual insight and inspiration that was delaying my healing. Thankfully, I was wrong!

When I was asked to do a job that required a lot of reading, solving the problem became even more important to me. I worked even harder to discover what I'd been thinking or doing wrong!

Then, one morning, I suddenly found myself thinking that in his Sermon on the Mount, in Matthew's Gospel, Christ Jesus had compared God's unconditional love and acceptance to the love earthly fathers have for their children. He pointed out: "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? …

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