Christian Science has taught me the importance of being constantly alert about what I accept into my thought. This statement in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, has been an important guide to me: “Watch, and pray daily that evil suggestions, in whatever guise, take no root in your thought nor bear fruit” (p. 128).
Suggestions of what to believe surround us constantly. At one point, during a cold spell in my region, news reports of cracking water pipes were rampant. So when I suddenly found water on the floor around my kitchen sink, I immediately assumed that the pipe to a nearby outside faucet had cracked. Subsequently, while prepping for the expected major plumbing job, I discovered there was actually another culprit: A dishwasher connection had become loose. The suggestion of the cold temperatures breaking pipes had captured my attention initially, but a deeper look revealed the more benign truth.
The revelation of corrective Truth is what Christian Science brings to life. It provides us with the spiritual understanding needed in order to avoid being duped by suggestions of the material senses. Reasoning from the description of man as created in the image and likeness of God—found in the first chapter of the book of Genesis and proven in the life of Christ Jesus—I have been able to experience the therapeutic and preventive healing power of Christian Science throughout my life. I’d like to share an illustrative experience.