Over a long life as a Christian Scientist, I have learned that we must strive to maintain a state of consciousness that keeps the truth of being in the forefront of thought all the time. Mary Baker Eddy writes, “Keep in mind the verity of being,—that man is the image and likeness of God, in whom all being is painless and permanent” ( Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.
During World War I, my father sustained serious leg injuries and was sent back to England, where on further examination, the doctors felt his leg should be amputated. However, his brother had a copy of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy on his bookshelf, and although he had never taken up the study of Christian Science himself, he suggested that my father read the book, feeling sure he would receive help and comfort.
Several years ago I led four young adults, who were visiting me, on a beautiful hike that ended at a fun waterfall. Sometimes people use a guide for this trip, and the guide provides entertainment by jumping off the 40-foot waterfall for all to see.
I was just finishing packing for a ten-day trip to help my mom care for a veritable sanctuary full of animals, when my husband’s back suddenly became extremely uncomfortable. He started limping and then had to crawl.
In 1967 I had an instantaneous healing that convinced me Christian Science heals decisively and is the promised Comforter Christ Jesus said would come (see John 14:16–18 ). For ten years, from seventh grade in school through college and beyond, I suffered every few months from severe menstrual cramps.
My husband and I are very grateful to have had home births for our three children, all of which were wonderful experiences. Immediately after the birth of our first child, however, there was a problem with the baby’s breathing.
When I was a teenager, I began suffering from seasonal allergies at the end of each summer. Often when my family and friends were enjoying activities outdoors, I was either trying to keep up and feeling miserable, or cooped up indoors, not feeling much better.
A number of years ago when I was unemployed, a friend recommended that I apply for a job where she worked, which was in the office of a private school. She said that they were looking for someone to help with the heavy workload.
One evening a few years ago when my husband, Jonathan, and I had just returned from dinner at a restaurant, he began coughing and was unable to stop. As we are both students of Christian Science, he was grateful to have me declare aloud the truth of his being as the image and likeness of God—entirely spiritual—and therefore whole and free.
During the summer of 2014, I was abroad with some teens like me who are Christian Scientists. At one point I was feeling very sick to my stomach and was praying with anything I could think of.