What brings someone to the point of healing?

When we're praying for healing, it's sometimes difficult to know if we're making any progress. But the moment of healing is often unmistakable.

I Was suffering severely from all the symptoms of a severe allergy. Although I was endeavoring to heal the condition through Christian Science, it was very difficult for me to think of anything but my misery. I surely wanted a physical healing and hoped it would be immediate, but I have since learned how inconsistent it is to expect healing while thinking more about the problem than about God. I asked for help from a Christian Science practitioner, and although I really don't recall exactly what she said to me, I do know her prayers were powerful!

After I hung up the telephone, I suddenly began to pray aright—to ponder spiritual truths that before seemed impossible for me to think about. The physical symptoms abated and eventually disappeared completely from my experience, but that moment of affirming my true spiritual selfhood with the prayerful support of the practitioner was to me the point of healing. This was over twenty-five years ago, and I am grateful to write that I have been permanently healed of this recurring illness.

Recently, while reflecting on this healing, I was wondering what the prayers of that practitioner had included. I don't know the specifics of her prayerful labor, but through her prayers the severe struggling I had been going through gave way to the activity of Christ in my life. This swept away the fears and human preoccupation with the illness. Through her prayer I became aware of man's true being, man's spiritual identity, which is wholly free from sickness and disease. I recognized that the power of Christ, Truth, was actively working in my thought, bringing to light my true nature and rights as a child of God.

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Second Thought
February 19, 1990

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