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I had a very beautiful experience lately, of what our...

From the January 1901 issue of The Christian Science Journal


I had a very beautiful experience lately, of what our Mother describes as "the spiritual power of a scientific, right thought, without a direct effort" (Rudimental Divine Science, by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 19).

During the past winter I had a patient whose need seemed difficult to meet, and I asked a friend to help me with sustaining treatment. It was just after our evening service, one Sunday night, when we were starting for our respective homes.

When I got home, I found that my husband, who is not a Scientist and had been kept awake most of the previous night by a cough, had sent out for some lozenges, which he thought might help him to get a quieter night. He went to bed rather earlier than usual, and a few moments later there was a knock at the door, and a note was given me, which I found to be a very loving letter from my friend, who wrote fearing she had seemed cold or unsympathetic when I asked her help. The letter was beautifully Scientific, and full of the thought of turning to Love and treating from that standpoint when a patient seemed in great straits. Reading this letter, the presence of Love seemed to fill the room like a sweet perfume, and I was conscious of great comfort and peace in place of the rather hurried and worried feeling that I had seemed to have before when trying to meet my patient's need and my own sense of my husband's discomfort, and I retired to rest with a feeling of deep gratitude for being given such a dear friend and such a beautiful message of Love. It brought me a clear realization of the rest and peace there is in God for all of us. In the morning, I found that my husband had passed a peaceful night, undisturbed by the cough which had seemed so troublesome during the previous day and night, and the lozenges were lying untouched by his side. I was able to feel quite happy in seeing him start off on a cold journey to keep an appointment in London, and when he returned in the evening he was evidently in excellent health and spirits.

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