Last summer I inadvertently stepped into a large nest of yellow jacket bees. Having experienced many healings through prayer, I turned to God. I realized that I had been harboring "stinging" thoughts about a member of my family who had been unkind to me. Praying with the definition of "man" in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 475), I saw that man includes "all right ideas" and "has not a single quality underived from Deity.” I made a list of erroneous qualities, such as "coldness" and "unkindness" and replaced them with "warmth," "affection," and "thoughtfulness." The list took up several pages. I was clearing my mental table of rancid food and placing back on the table the right ideas that were pure and true. Upon completing the list, I felt as if I had been baptized. The challenges of pain, allergic reaction, and difficulty in breathing were healed the following day.
This healing was transformative. It showed me how important it is to keep my thought aligned with what it says in Genesis 1:26: "And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good." The Christ—the divine influence ever present in human consciousness--is active. The man of God's creating--the only identity of each of us--includes only the loving qualities of divine Love.
Rather than react to how others act, we respond to the gentle, tender revelations of good that the Christ is pouring forth moment by moment.
The relationship between the family member and me has improved and there is a more natural and mutual feeling of love.L.E., Centre Hall, PA