My family has experienced many healings, including instantaneous...

My family has experienced many healings, including instantaneous healings of childhood diseases, skin cancer, influenza, convulsions, and scarlet fever. In addition to physical healings, we have, through prayer, received effective help in finding both suitable employment and homes over the years.

My husband is not a Christian Scientist, but he has been supportive of our dependence upon prayer for the healing of myself and our three children. On one occasion our daughter had a rash and high fever. Although I had called a Christian Science practitioner for help through prayer, there didn't seem to be a noticeable change after a day or so, and her father felt a doctor should be called. He diagnosed the condition as scarlet fever and suggested we would be wise not to discuss it with neighbours. No medicine was prescribed, and the practitioner continued to pray for the child; several days later she was completely healed. Around this time our other two children began to show similar symptoms, but they were healed immediately through prayer. I was especially impressed by the doctor, who seemed to realize what fear of a disease can do.

On another occasion our son asked permission to ride his bicycle a short distance from home. After he had been away for quite some time, I felt the need to pray for his protection. A verse from Psalms came to thought: "The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore." Soon after, I received a telephone call advising that our son had been found unconscious in a park, at the foot of a steep gravel hill where he had fallen off his bike. As I drove to the park, I had a strong feeling of God's protection and love. I recall saying aloud, "He's Your child, God, and I know You are caring for him." Upon arrival I leaned over the boy and whispered, "You're all right," and he immediately regained consciousness and spoke to me. There was a small crowd of people around us, and one of them said he had called for an ambulance, which soon arrived and transferred the boy and me to a nearby hospital. I gave a nurse permission to clean the wounds but said we wished to have Christian Science treatment instead of medical care. She became quite hostile, remarking that his deep facial cuts should have stitches, and then left the room. By then my husband had arrived and suggested that our son be checked over thoroughly by a doctor in case of concussion. The words of Jesus then came to me: "... not my will, but thine, be done" (Luke). I was then led to remark that our son had always been healed through prayer, and that if he stayed in the hospital overnight for examination, it might be hard on him. My husband readily agreed, and when the nurse returned he told her we would like our son's release. By then her attitude had completely changed to one of kindness. She mentioned that she was impressed by how quiet and calm our son had remained as his cuts were cleansed.

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May 17, 1993

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