It has been over twenty-five years since I submitted a testimony...

It has been over twenty-five years since I submitted a testimony, and I would like to express gratitude again for Christian Science. A recent healing I have had has made me more conscious of what the understanding (not just the knowing) of divine Truth means. In the chapter "Prayer" in Science and Health we read: "Who would stand before a blackboard, and pray the principle of mathematics to solve the problem? The rule is already established, and it is our task to work out the solution" (p. 3). We don't just walk into a dark room and pray the principle of electricity to light up the room—we have to flip the switch! Just so, we have to do something specific to be healed; we have to affirm the spiritual truth, because it is this truth that heals.

For almost a year, I struggled with pain in the heel of my foot. I prayed about this for many months with the help of several different Christian Science practitioners, and I'll always be grateful for their steadfast assurance that my spiritual perfection cannot be reversed, destroyed, or concealed, because its source is God, and I reflect Him. One thought given me, which I affirmed constantly, was that "my stand for divine Principle" could not be painful.

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February 14, 1994

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