“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Kicked to the curb–for good
By Dawn-Marie Cornett
There was this moment in Eddy’s life that really stood out to me–a moment of decision. She had just been thrown out of yet another boarding house because the owner did not understand that Eddy’s ability to heal was a good thing. With her only earthly possessions, a bag with her few clothes and a wooden chair, Eddy stood in the cold rain with nowhere to go. Family had offered to take her in before, but only if she would give up her search for a deeper understanding of God, stop healing, and live quietly as a proper lady should.
Eddy had the kind of love for others that helped her move forward no matter what obstacle seemed to get in her way. That scene from Eddy’s life then, was and has continued to be, inspiring and motivating. Studying and practicing Christian Science is a privilege for me. It gives me the tools to get through the challenges in my life and to take full advantage of the good. However, it is not always an easy way to live (but what way is?). When I feel stuck, without answers, or if a physical healing is taking more time than I would like, I remember Eddy, homeless in the cold rain with nothing but a bag and a chair. I remember that it was her love of God and mankind that gave her the courage and strength to press on when the future was unknown and human comfort invisible.
I can remember to love when fear and frustration try to fill my thought and I can know where my ability to love comes from. I can remember to love when everything seems too challenging for me to handle. I can remember to love when it’s all really good, too. And if I get stuck or make mistakes, I have a great example to follow in Mary Baker Eddy. It’s an example that always, always leads me back to trust in God.
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