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Polishing my prayers

From the July 2014 issue of The Christian Science Journal

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Recently I stopped by a nail salon to get a manicure. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision, so I had no reading materials with me. This was a first since I always had a copy of The Christian Science Journal, Christian Science Sentinel, or Christian Science Bible Lesson with me when I would go.

As the nail technician began removing the polish, she was sneezing, coughing, wiping her eyes, and blowing her nose. In broken English, she apologized, and I just reassured her all was well. Very soon, she asked me how my business was. I’m a Christian Science practitioner, and I’ll admit I was actually hoping she wouldn’t ask me what I did—the salon was filled with people and there was no privacy. Can you guess her next question? Yes, she asked me what I did, and I told her.

Then she asked what that meant. I cannot remember exactly what I said, but I did tell her that practitioners help people find healing through prayer. Pointing to her red nose and watering eyes, she asked if I could heal “that.” I replied that God certainly could heal and He is the only creator. I also told her she was made in His image and likeness (see Genesis 1:26, 27) and, therefore, perfect to God. 

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