I moved to a new state over two years ago. As God-directed as this move felt, one challenge after another presented itself. One day about a year after my move, I was feeling gratitude for a healing I had just experienced of a painful, hard bump on my body. It had drained and dissolved through prayer alone, through what Mary Baker Eddy calls “the universal solvent of Love” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 242). But as I was feeling grateful for this healing, another painful, hard bump began to appear on my arm and quickly grew in size and discomfort. I covered it to get my thought off of it and onto God, but one morning, despite my prayers, the pain became so intense that I called a Christian Science practitioner for treatment.
As we talked, the practitioner pointed me to Hymn 53 in the Christian Science Hymnal:
Everlasting arms of Love
Are beneath, around, above;
God it is who bears us on,
His the arm we lean upon.
(John R. Macduff, adapt., © CSBD)
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