I would like to share a healing that has meant a great deal to...

I would like to share a healing that has meant a great deal to our family. One time two years ago after our first-grade daughter had had her teeth cleaned, the dentist informed me that she had a cavity in one of her permanent teeth. This was a surprise to me, since she had not had a cavity before. I kindly thanked the dentist for his services, paid the bill, and we left. On the way home in the car I explained to my daughter that a cavity is really a lie about God's perfect creation. God's love doesn't cause cavities, so we didn't have to accept such a thing as part of God's kingdom. Instead we could pray to correct in thought this lie about reality. My daughter was receptive to these truths, but I still needed to get free from a sense of burden about the problem.

The next day I called a Christian Science practitioner and asked her to pray for us both. She gladly agreed to help. Together we dealt with the belief in a history of bad teeth. This work made me realize that I had been thinking that my teeth had never been good and that my husband's had always been good—both situations based on human heredity. Consequently, I had hoped that our child would inherit "his good teeth" and not "my bad ones." I then saw that we all belong to the one Father-Mother, and this means we are always and only inheriting His good.

Also I strove to see true substance as spiritual, not material. As I did I recognized that I was fearing sugar and what it could do to my daughter's teeth, instead of acknowledging the one perfect substance, Spirit, and helping her develop more temperance and balance in her eating habits. My daughter was responsive to this approach, and I felt happy about it too.

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Testimony of Healing
A few summers ago, while I was working on a construction...
May 19, 1986

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