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From the April 2008 issue of The Christian Science Journal

My grandfather and I once had a discussion about the circumstances of a healing by Mary Baker Eddy (the healing of a young boy with a club foot sitting on the beach). My grandfather maintained that Mary Baker Eddy did not heal that child, but that God did. I asked my grandfather if the boy would have been healed if Mary Baker Eddy had not happened to stroll by that day. My grandfather laughed and said I brought up an interesting point.

Why is it, when God's love is always present in abundance, that a deep spiritual understanding of at least one individual is required in order for a healing to occur?

A1 Your statement that God's love is always present in abundance is the absolute truth of being; God's loving care for all guarantees uninterrupted health and freedom. Divine Love would never let anything bad happen to Her children, so, from the standpoint of this absolute spiritual truth, there is nothing to be healed.

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