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The decision to be well

From the May 1990 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Most of us have had experiences when, despite our most dedicated efforts and best intentions, healing seems delayed or blocked. We may feel sometimes, as we study and search for the truth we need, that we do not have the knowledge or the inspiration that would free us.

We may, it's true, have some large lesson to learn in such a situation. But perhaps just as often we discover that what seems to slow the answer to our prayers is something very simple. It could be, indeed, something as simple as our not having actually decided that we will be healed.

One student of Christian Science found this out when she faced a predicament that threatened to become an emergency. She was serving at the time as First Reader in her branch Church of Christ, Scientist. On a Monday in late November she found herself suffering from a bad cold. She spent hours praying and studying but made no visible progress toward healing. She called a Christian Science practitioner and asked for help, and there was immediate improvement. But in the night she woke to find herself worse than ever.

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