When I was in college, I had many opportunities to rely on...

When I was in college, I had many opportunities to rely on Christian Science. I'd like to share some of these experiences in the hope that they will help others. For part of my freshman year I had my own room in the dormitory. It was a great place to read the Bible Lesson (found in the Christian Science Quarterly), which I did every morning.

One Saturday morning, I woke to find that I could not hear anything with my left ear. At first I was tempted to be very alarmed, but almost immediately I decided not to be afraid. I knew that deafness couldn't be God's plan for me, but rather that spiritual growth was. Since I didn't have anything pressing to do that day, I decided to spend the whole day praying and studying the Bible and Mrs. Eddy's writings. I used Concordances to look up references about hearing and the senses of Spirit. Mrs. Eddy writes in Science and Health: "Sound is a mental impression made on mortal belief. The ear does not really hear. Divine Science reveals sound as communicated through the senses of Soul—through spiritual understanding" (p. 213).

I was gaining in my understanding, affirming that my true senses are spiritual and thus could not ever be lost. I enjoyed my day of study. In the evening, however, my hearing had not returned, and I decided to enlist the help of a Christian Science practitioner. I didn't know any in that area, so I called the only Christian Scientist I knew in town to get the number for one. I related my experience to her, and we talked for a while, sharing ideas and confirming what I had learned that day. Then I noticed that I had switched the telephone to my left ear without thinking. I was once again hearing perfectly! There was no need to call anyone else, only to rejoice with my friend.

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December 23, 1996

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