When I first looked seriously into the teachings of Christian Science and began to apply them in my life, I had some unforgettable experiences. For me, the deepest impression was left when I felt severe angina disappear while I was praying. Another experience of great meaning to me occurred when my wife had a high fever. It left completely in a few short hours through the prayerful help of a Christian Science practitioner. Such experiences make one happy and provide the impetus and joy for continuing to make rapid progress.
When I think about spiritual progress, I like to think of the parable of the prodigal sonSee Luke 15:11-32. that Christ Jesus told. I've always been impressed by the father of the prodigal, who ran out to his son even while he was yet far-off. The father embraced and kissed him, decked him out in new clothes and jewels, and arranged a joyous feast for him. To me, this shows how turning wholeheartedly to spiritual truth can bring good into our lives.
But, as the decades pass, do we keep this enthusiasm and joy at having discovered our spiritual nature as God's offspring and at being able to be close to God? What if, despite consistent study of the Bible and Mrs. Eddy's writings, attendance at the church services, and willing work within the membership, we cannot get rid of the nagging feeling that we are not getting very far spiritually. Or what if bodily complaints do not give way despite earnest prayer?