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Keep it simple

From the May 20, 2013 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

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I left the Christian Science practitioner’s office with this statement ringing in my ears: “Christian Science is simple.” I knew that she meant that Christian Science is straightforward to understand and to practice. As a newcomer to this Science, I was eager to learn more and to demonstrate it.

I’d first found out about Christian Science healing when I was in college, a thousand miles away from home. I received a letter from my dad telling of his wonderful healing of abdominal, back, and leg pain after reading Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (see Stanley A. Smith, The Christian Science Journal, July 1961). Then, after I was married and had a family, I became overwhelmed with fear of disease and death. It would be no stretch to say that I was overwhelmed every second of every day. A friend who was a Christian Scientist, in whom I had confided, suggested that I visit a Christian Science practitioner.

I remember telling this practitioner, “The Bible says that faith can move mountains, but I'm not seeing that.” She responded that faith, coupled with understanding, does move mountains. That was the turning point. For the next hour, she poured out the Truth to me in the most loving way. As I saw that God hadn’t made me to be fearful, my whole attitude changed to one of hope. I walked out of the practitioner’s office almost dancing—I had simply been healed. It was so wonderful to be free, and I can honestly say that this was the end of the fear that had dominated my thinking for so long.

I walked out of the practitioner's office almost dancing—I had simply been healed.

My first opportunity to demonstrate Christian Science without the aid of a practitioner came shortly after. Our eldest son, who was then in second grade, came home from school one day and declared, “Mom, I have a terrible headache!” Now he had only attended the Christian Science Sunday School for a short time, but I found myself asking him, “Do you think God can have a headache?” I was thinking of Genesis 1:27, in which God creates man in His own image. My son responded, “No!” “Well, then you can’t have a headache either,” I replied. A moment of silence followed, then he exclaimed in these surprising words: “Mom, my headache’s all gone. I feel like new!” The very next morning, as I was reading the Christian Science Bible Lesson, I found a citation from Revelation 21:5, where God says: “Behold, I make all things new.” I felt I had stepped on holy ground. What few, simple words were spoken in this experience! 

I’m reminded of the story of David and Goliath in First Samuel, chapter 17. Before tackling Goliath, David put off the king’s armor. And he didn’t need a huge rock or all of his five smooth stones to defeat the giant. He needed only one small stone—analogous to one simple, inspired truth.

When, in later years, our son started college in another state, I found myself concerned for him, and worried about all the temptations that he might confront “out there.” One day, as I was reading the Bible Lesson, I came upon the account in Revelation 12 of a woman ready to be delivered of a child. There is a “great red dragon” standing before her, ready to devour the child as soon as it is born. But instead, “her child was caught up unto God” (verse 5). Oh, how I loved that idea in thinking of our son! I affirmed that he, too, was caught up unto God. I continued to enjoy that wonderful inspiring phrase whenever he came to thought, and that was the end of my fear for him. Indeed, he was beautifully protected and guided throughout college.

Over the years, I have been most grateful for the statement made by the practitioner during my first visit, and have often reminded myself and others to “keep it simple!”

Mary Louise Parsons is a Christian Science practitioner. She lives in Loveland, Colorado.

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