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I was enrolled in a Christian Science Sunday School after...
I was enrolled in a Christian Science Sunday School after my dad had been introduced to Christian Science and found the spiritual answers he had sought for several years. I truly value the firm foundation of spiritual understanding laid for me in the Sunday School. Church membership and Christian Science class instruction have greatly contributed to the many healings I have had. I would like to share just a few.
Through a desire to serve in a branch church, I was healed of extreme shyness and self-consciousness. In writing to a branch church, Mrs. Eddy once encouraged its members: "Forget self in laboring for mankind; then will you woo the weary wanderer to your door, win the pilgrim and stranger to your church, and find access to the heart of humanity" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 155). As I saw that the Church's mission requires us to serve mankind rather than self, I felt encouraged to strive for a better understanding of my own, and others', true, spiritual identity. We must see ourselves as God's spiritual reflection and put a mortal, personal sense of self out of the way. Gradually I was freed from self-consciousness and was able to be more active in church work and in my community. Later I could even speak before large audiences.
Another healing related to church membership was that of tick fever. I asked a Christian Science practitioner to pray for me, and I also prayed to know that God, being entirely good and the only creator, could never make anything harmful. After several days without improvement, and when I was feeling very uncomfortable and sorry for myself, I remembered the Tenets of The Mother Church (Science and Health)—number six in particular. It reads: "And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just, and pure" (p. 497). What a shock to realize how far my thoughts were at that moment from being Christlike! Furthermore, by uniting with my Church I had accepted its Tenets, including that solemn promise. Humbly I knew I wanted to be obedient. The self-pity lifted. And I was healed. That was many years ago, and there has never been a return of the fever.
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