Spiritual growth brings healing

Several years ago I noticed a small growth on my head. Because it was hidden by my hair, the lump didn't concern me at first. It continued to grow, through, and I began to feel concerned — first that others would notice, and then that it might be or become malignant. That latter thought got me praying, and at the heart of my prayer was a desire to understand better what growth really is.

I realized from studying references to growth in the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy's basic text on spiritual healing, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, that while growth may appear to be a material progression in some form or another, spiritual growth gradually frees us from the limits of material existence. And I wanted to be growing spiritually.

When fearful thoughts began to crowd out spiritual hunger in my thinking, however, I knew it was time to ask for help. I called a Christian Science practitioner to pray with me. I'll always be grateful for his clarity and firmness. I knew he wasn't afraid, and that calmed me right away.

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November 4, 2002

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