First Church of Christ, Scientist, State College
(Christian Science)

Painful Teeth Healed
 

Several months ago the teeth in my mouth became quite painful. The Bible says in John 1 that all things were made by God (good) and without Him was not anything made that was made. Like produces like.  Good must produce only good. So pain is an impossibility in the allness of God, good. Then what was this pain? It was an error, a mistaken concept that I, as the reflection of God, Good, could express something unlike my Creator.

One of the tools that error tries to use to convince us that it is real is the sense of feel. You can pretty much get away from the other physical senses by closing your eyes or ears. There seems to be no way to escape pain. It feels like a trap.

However, one of the great things about Christian Science is that it shows us a way out of the trap.  Mary Baker Eddy says in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:  "When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought.  Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust that the recognition of Life harmonious—as Life eternally is--can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not." (495:14)  Pain is the temptation to believe that life is in matter. Christ Jesus overcame this temptation and so can we.

I love Mrs. Eddy's affirmation that we all already include a "clear sense and calm trust"  as an integral part of our identity. It is a given. Life is God; therefore Life must be good, with no tinge, no pain.

During the rough times, I thought about the following statement from Science and Health :  "Keep in mind the verity of being,-- that man is the image and likeness of God in whom all being is painless and permanent." (414:26) I knew that I, along with all mankind, reflect the painlessness, perpetuity, and permanency of God. I was completely healed and rejoice in the omnipotence of God "who healeth all thy diseases". (Ps. 103:3)

L. E. Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, United States

Finding the Right Path
 

I had been trying to get a part-time job. I went on interviews, but didn't get any job offers. I felt discouraged. Then I remembered an incident from a few years ago.

One morning I went into our garage to get the car and found a little bird caught in the garage. The garage had a window that didn't open and the bird kept hitting the window. It seemed obvious to the bird that this was the way to freedom. I opened the garage door and prayed to know that the bird would feel God's direction. Finally, it did fly out the door to freedom. I've thought of this when I've thought a certain path was the way to go, but it wasn't. I needed to listen to God's directive.

The Psalmist says (Ps. 16:11): "Thou wilt show me the path of life; in thy presence is fullness of joy, at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore." Mary Baker Eddy echoes this in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (p. 254:10): "When we wait patiently on God and seek Truth righteously, He directs our path."

I did find the right job. I'm so grateful to Christian Science for its continuous encouragement to find the right path.

C. N. Williamsport, Pennsylvania, United States

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