Sometimes we receive a healing in Christian Science that is so...

Sometimes we receive a healing in Christian Science that is so intimate, so meaningful, that one hesitates to speak of it. Such a healing came to me over two years ago.

I had suffered for about three years with severe hernia, a condition supposedly requiring surgery to repair. I was wearing a support and was, in general, greatly inconvenienced. I knew that this condition could be healed in Christian Science, for another member of our family had had such a healing earlier. I was praying—treating myself daily—but seemed to be getting no results physically, although there was evidence of gradual growth Spiritward.

One day I was reading in the chapter "Prayer" in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, where Mary Baker Eddy says (p. 2), "We can do more for ourselves by humble fervent petitions, but the All-loving does not grant them simply on the ground of lip-service, for He already knows all." This statement is quite familiar, and I had read it previously countless times, but always before, I think, the word "fervent" stood out. This time, the word "humble" strongly impressed me, and I thought, "Yes, I need the humility to ask for help in solving this problem." So, at the first opportunity, I shyly mentioned the condition to a member of the family who is an experienced Christian Science practitioner.

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August 21, 1978

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