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Forgiveness heals eye swelling

From the November 2014 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Christ Jesus’ ministry illustrates forgiveness and unconditional love, and as I prayed one day to understand Christly love, I found an opportunity to express this love myself. I was putting on eyeliner one morning and noticed that one eye was tender. I began to pray immediately and affirm that all was well.

Later that day I realized there was something in my eye, so I tried to flush it out with water. Glancing in a makeup mirror that magnifies, I saw a large bump on the corner of my eye. “What is that?” I wondered. But then a clear spiritual intuition came to “magnify the Lord” (Psalms 34:3). I knew that meant turning thought away from the body, toward Spirit, God.

I put down the mirror and went to my office, picked up my Bible, and opened it at random to Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:5: “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” I recalled that I was annoyed with a friend who had said some unkind things. It was obvious that this irritation of mortal mind was presenting itself as an irritated eye.

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