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Flying in the face of fear

From the March 2006 issue of The Christian Science Journal

I looked up and saw complete terror. It took a second before I realized that the face in the mirror was my own. I had been trying to stop the sudden heavy bleeding of a growth on my chest, not realizing how afraid I was. But looking in the mirror arrested my thought.

Knowing I couldn't ignore the anxiety I was feeling, I asked myself, What are you most afraid of? Immediately I thought, I'm afraid of dying. Then I asked, Well, even if death were a possibility, what would you do with the rest of your life? My answer wasn't unfamiliar to me—All I've ever really wanted is to be a better healer. So I faced the mirror and declared, That's your prayer for today.

The bleeding soon lessened, and I was able to apply a bandage. When I was done, I realized that by questioning the fear, I had broken through the feeling of being paralyzed. And even though the problem still loomed large, I was no longer at a standstill. I could now move forward with prayer.

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