I have relied on Christian Science for healing of every kind...

I have relied on Christian Science for healing of every kind during my whole life. As I grew into adulthood, the recollection of one particular childhood healing buoyed my prayers on many occasions.

When I was about nine years old, I experienced a severe case of poison ivy, which covered my entire body. I remember relying on my mother's prayers as well as treatment from a practitioner. The practitioner came to our home for a visit with me. I immediately noticed the practitioner's loving expression and calm, confident voice. I was grateful for this, because I knew that I must have looked awful! I also remember specifically the spiritual thoughts she shared with me. She explained that God is perfect, spiritual, and beautiful. She quoted a sentence from Science and Health to me: "As a drop of water is one with the ocean, a ray of light one with the sun, even so God and man, Father and son, are one in being" (p. 361). I saw that if God was like the ocean, and if I was like a drop of water in the ocean, I could not have any characteristics that the whole ocean didn't have! I could not be a little muddy and brown drop of water in a clear, blue ocean! This analogy was perfect for me, because I loved the beach and spent a great deal of time enjoying the ocean's beauty! My fear and pain abated immediately.

June 2, 1997

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