From my early twenties I suffered with migraine headaches...

From my early twenties I suffered with migraine headaches. The pain was severe, and the nausea kept me in bed. Each time these attacks came I would pray to heal myself, but would finally have to call a Christian Science practitioner for help. Many lessons were learned, for I was forced to gain a higher understanding of God.

On four separate occasions, while in great pain during one of these attacks, a feeling of compassion for others and a desire to be of service filled my thought. In each instance I forced myself to get out of bed and take care of some of these needs. Each time, all discomfort completely disappeared in a few moments. I recalled Christ Jesus' healing of the man with the withered hand. He said to the man (Mark 3:5), "Stretch forth thine hand." When he healed the blind man he said (John 9:7), "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam"; and to the man by the pool of Bethesda (John 5:8), "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk." They all had to do something, they were all obedient, and they were healed. I saw that my obedience to the desire to help others — forgetting self — brought about my relief on these occasions.

May 1, 1978

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