When my son was about twelve years old he was medically diagnosed...

When my son was about twelve years old he was medically diagnosed with mononucleosis. I was told that there was no medical treatment for this disease, and that complete bed rest would be necessary for some time, followed by a long period with very little activity.

On hearing this news, I called a Christian Science practitioner for help through prayer. We prayed to understand that my son was entirely spiritual, not material. And we endeavored to follow this instruction from page 14 of Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy: "Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual,—neither in nor of matter,—and the body will then utter no complaints."

After a few days I just knew that we were making progress in spiritual understanding, and was confident that we were very close to a healing—this even though there were no signs of physical progress. I asked the practitioner to talk directly with my son one day, since I had to leave for work earlier than usual. That evening I went upstairs to see him, and found he was no longer bedridden, but was outside playing. His healing had involved no recovery period. Having been told that it can often take months to regain strength after this illness, I was very grateful that, through Christian Science, my son had been completely healed in about one week.

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