With deep gratitude for my upbringing in Christian Science,...

With deep gratitude for my upbringing in Christian Science, I relate a healing that I feel has solidified forever my faith in the Christ, Truth. The summer prior to my junior year in high school was for me a great learning time. I had finished my sophomore year with a fourth place in the state tennis tournament. And to my joy I had been asked to work with my high-school coach, giving summer tennis lessons. I seized the opportunity, knowing that there would be many free hours during the day to spend improving my own playing abilities. My goal for the following year was to be a state tennis champion.

Toward the end of June, however, I began to lose all feeling in my feet. Instead of refuting this lie with the truths of perfect spiritual being, I simply brushed it aside, attributing it to long hours of strenuous activity. After a time, however, my condition became much more serious. It appeared I was becoming completely helpless. One day I happened to read a magazine article describing multiple sclerosis. I realized that I was manifesting four or five of the given symptoms.

By this time I had a Christian Science practitioner helping me daily. And I too studied and prayed for many hours each day to destroy the mesmeric suggestion of disease. An article I read on the subject of true health in The Christian Science Journal emphasized the need to destroy a false concept of our source of health. It brought out that a belief based on the illusion of health as a physical condition is no more reliable than a belief in sickness, for both are built on the sands of human variableness and have no foundation in truth. This helped me see that health is really spiritual and therefore it can never fluctuate, lapse, disappear, or grow old. I gained a lot from that article's enlightening passages.

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January 4, 1982

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