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Walking and talking to Jesus' beat
Walking the streets of Neuchatel, Switzerland, our small group encountered two Mormon missionaries. One, a young man from Spain, said, "Hi! We are Mormons, and we are here to share the Book of Mormon with anyone who doesn't have it."
I replied, "Wonderful! I am a visiting Christian Scientist, here to give a lecture on finding God."
"Really?" the second missionary, a young man from England, asked. "What time is the lecture, and where is it?"
Several hours later they came.
Those with me were interested in how easily I conversed with the missionaries and how readily I invited them to the lecture. I just followed Christ Jesus' example.
Mary Baker Eddy wrote, "Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man..." (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, 476) He didn't limit his encounters to those of a singular religious order; he embraced those around him in the family of man and the science, or true knowledge, of God's good creation. He classified men by their inherent spirituality, by their inclusion in the family of Spirit, not by their nationality, color or creed. He spoke to men's hearts. And their hearts beat in rhythm with his. "Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way?" (Luke 24:32)
Our Mormon friends acknowledged that it was a good lecture - that they were touched by what they heard. They gifted the sponsoring church with a Book of Mormon and happily received a copy of Mary Baker Eddy's Science and Health in return.
What's not to love when we encounter others, and allow them to encounter us, '"in Science"?
"Deeds, not words, are the sound test of love... " (from a letter by LEWIS D. STRANG, reprinted in First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, Mary Baker Eddy, vii.)
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I have practiced Christian Science professionally in
some form since 1979.
But my journey with
Christian Science started
in a Sunday school
where as a young child
I was taught the Scriptures and some simple basics
of Jesus' method of
scientific Christian healing.
A significant experience
at the age of twelve
opened my eyes to
the great potential
of this practice.
After impaling my foot
on a nail,
I prayed the way I had learned
in Sunday school.
the pain stopped
and healing began.
By the next morning the wound had disappeared completely.
the great potential
of Christian Science,
there would be no