When I was very new in the study of Christian Science, living...

When I was very new in the study of Christian Science, living in a small town where I did not know other Christian Scientists, I became ill. I needed to be lifted into bed, and I could not help myself. My husband, who was not a student of this Science, called a doctor, who examined me. The doctor said the condition was caused by lack of calcium, and he left a prescription for pills, saying I would need to take them the rest of my life. I don't recall that I took any of them. I had learned enough from my study of Christian Science to know that taking medication is not in accordance with its teachings. I threw the pills away, wishing to rely completely on God, Spirit, for my healing. I was healed, and I have not had a return of that condition.

I feel this healing came about through my desire to be obedient to the teachings set forth in Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. In the chapter "Prayer" we read (p. 1), "Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds."

Another healing I had was of a growth on my forehead at the hairline. One day while combing my hair the appearance of the growth frightened me, so I called a Christian Science practitioner for treatment. We prayed, desiring to see the nothingness of the material growth, as all true growth is spiritual. Each time I washed my face or combed my hair I declared I was really God's child, spiritually created, without spot or blemish. In Job we read (11:15): "For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear." A few weeks later the growth dropped away naturally, leaving my face free and clear as before, and I rejoiced in this healing.

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January 2, 1978

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