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The question of time and healing

From the June 2017 issue of The Christian Science Journal

When we’re feeling happy and good things are happening, we may feel that we want time to stand still, and yet it seems to fly by all too quickly. If we’re facing hardships or feeling discouraged or frustrated, time can seem to move at a snail’s pace and feel like a dead weight. Many people recognize that time is a human invention, a convenience for ordering our lives, for tracking activities and events. But that doesn’t keep us from very often feeling bound by it.

When I started attending a Christian Science Sunday School as a child, I was deeply impressed with the healings in the Bible, especially Christ Jesus’ healings: Nearly all of them came immediately or very quickly. “Why was that?” I wondered.

I came to see that Jesus’ pure understanding of God and of his relation to God as His Son, coupled with a life imbued with a love for humanity, so completely eclipsed the fear, darkness, and downward pull of sin, sickness, and even death, that goodness, health, and holiness naturally came to be seen and felt. With this, I began to realize that whether healings come quickly or slowly, time isn’t a factor in them. What truly matters—what in fact is absolutely necessary—is a change of thought from materiality to spiritual Truth. And though this mental and spiritual transformation may take diligent as well as patient prayer, it never requires time.

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