"Rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself"...

"Rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself" (Hab. 3:16). This is how I felt about my teeth. Yet I resisted a trip to the dentist. As a new member of a Christian Science branch church, I had united with a church "designed to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing" (Manual of The Mother Church by Mrs. Eddy, p. 17). I took this as a serious commitment. I thought I should prove that prayer could heal my teeth.

The more I tried to change bad matter into good matter, the worse it became—it was disturbing that pieces of my teeth were actually breaking off. I'd had many visits to dentists in previous years, but still felt it would now represent failure if I were to resort to other means besides prayer.

May 22, 1995

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