Sixteen years ago I found a small lump on my body

Sixteen years ago I found a small lump on my body. I had been a serious student of Christian Science for only a few years. For the moment extreme fear took command of my consciousness. There were four young children whose future happiness depended on me, I thought. I called a Christian Science practitioner, who gave me the comfort and assurance I needed. Prayerful treatment was taken up at once, and I began to pray and study myself, more diligently than ever before. But the physical healing did not come.

During the intervening years I have needed to learn more about God, more about myself as His spiritual idea, and more about error, too—its falsity. Increasingly I saw this physical disorder as an error of belief. When the lump became enlarged, I learned that error isn't real, so it can't accumulate in any place or dominate anyone's existence. I learned God is the real Father and Mother of all His children, including these children, and that He will always guard them and guide them. I learned that I am spiritual and perfect, God's image and likeness, and that the divine Mind forms His own likeness.

The practitioner helped me to see that the only kind of growth I need consider is spiritual growth. At one point, she brought to my attention Mrs. Eddy's definition of "Holy Ghost" in the Glossary of Science and Health (p. 588): "Divine Science; the development of eternal Life, Truth, and Love." I was to observe the continual development in my thought of an ever-increasing understanding of divine Science. I also learned that all false sense must and will yield to eternal Truth. And I learned to look for the evidence of God's presence and power and to refuse to allow myself to accept any other evidence. God is the only cause and creator, so how could there be evidence of another creation? With much gratitude I can say now that there is a complete healing; the physical symptoms— all evidence of a lump—have disappeared from my body, dissolved.

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February 5, 1977

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