PRAYER: EFFECTIVE IN SUDDEN ILLNESS

When I was growing up, my parents believed in prayer, yet they relied completely on doctors to maintain the family's health. After college, when I first visited a Christian Science practitioner, I was under the care of physicians. That practitioner said, and with great authority, "God loves you." It was as if a bright light flashed on and I wanted to learn more about God's love. I didn't realize that I had also found a reliable approach to healthcare.

I began to study the Bible and Science and Health with the support of the practitioner, and I gained a view of God as divine Love, and of myself as His daughter, spiritual and inseperable from His care. Several months after that visit, I tossed out all the pills. I no longer needed them. My parents feared that I was putting myself at risk by relying on God as my only physician. But I began to trust God wholeheartedly with my health, then later with the health and care of my twin sons. And each time I acknowledged God's loving care and control, we experienced healing, often with the prayerful support of a practitioner, and I found that God was indeed a "very present help" in every trouble (Ps. 46:1).

September 11, 2006
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