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A stand for spiritual healing
One day about a year and a half ago, I found I could not close my mouth normally without pain. One side of my face felt stiff, and my ear ached. For over three decades I'd been turning to God in prayer to heal physical conditions such as burns, severe back pain, spells of weakness, among others. Business and relationship difficulties had also been healed in my life through turning to God. So it was natural for me to rely on spiritual treatment in this situation. I was confident of a complete healing.
I think of God as infinite Love, good, perfect, and all-powerful—entirely free from a single limitation—and that's where I began my prayer. I thought of two passages from the first book of the Bible: "God created man in his own image, in the image of God created him; male and female created he them." "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good" (Gen. 1:27, 31). To me, this meant that everything about me—my thoughts, my health, my functioning, my very being—was the reflection of God's own perfection. I was one with Him. So I could experience only Godlike qualities, which included freedom from discomfort and unnatural restriction. At the point when I realized this clearly, the pain eased, and I was able to move my jaw and close my mouth almost normally.
That night, though, the symptoms returned. As I again started to pray, I remembered a statement from Science and Health that helped me firmly address the situation: "In Christian Science there is never a retrograde step, never a return to positions outgrown" (p. 74). My earlier prayer had been to see that these symptoms had no place in God, and therefore they were no part of me as His likeness. That was the spiritual reality, and I fully accepted the truth of it—I didn't have to return to enduring the symptoms. Within a short time, the discomfort subsided, and I went back to sleep.
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No dismal science
with contributions from Charles Hall, Cecile B. Barnett, Laurel Marquart, Ruth Schulman, Sharla Allard
Items of interest
with contributions from Amy Denney, Jamie Thompson
a revised economic outlook—blessing one and all
Rosalie Dunbar with contributions from PAMELA FAATZ
coming in on budget
By Lyle Young
prayer that underpins the economy
By Channing Walker
'IT'S NOT YOUR FATHER'S HEBREW BIBLE'
By Patricia Kadick Photographs by Mark Thayer
FROM SUCCESS TO SIGNIFICANCE
By Kim Shippey
with contributions from Howard Hendricks, Jay Bennett, Armand Nicholi, Tom Wilson
CAR TALK THAT BEGINS WITH PRAYER
By Eileen Stoecklin
'WE WILL HELP EACH OTHER'
By Joni Overton-Jung
The places God prepares
By Pam Kissock
The human face of war
By Barbara Vining
Prayer puts quick end to fear and pain
Not even a scar left behind
A stand for spiritual healing