Early in 2008, I heard a testimony at my Christian Science branch church that gave me food for thought. The testifier's healing involved a decayed tooth that was totally restored to wholeness through prayer. This was an awakening for me. I'd been raised in Christian Science, but hadn't relied on prayer exclusively for healing dental problems.

Within a few weeks, I was put to the test. I'd begun to experience pain in one of my teeth and my jaw. This time, instead of consulting a dentist, I decided to turn wholeheartedly to God. This tooth had bothered me in the recent past, and when I'd gone to the dentist previously, he'd told me that extensive dental work was needed.

A passage from Science and Health I consider regularly now came strongly to the fore of my thought: "Every day makes its demands upon us for higher proofs rather than professions of Christian power. These proofs consist solely in the destruction of sin, sickness, and death by the power of Spirit, as Jesus destroyed them. This is an element of progress, and progress is the law of God, whose law demands of us only what we can certainly fulfil" (p. 233). I saw that a more vigorous prayerful effort on my part—relying on spiritual truth alone for my well-being—could indeed bring healing to the situation. Here was an opportunity not only for physical healing but for spiritual growth and progress.

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Testimony of Healing
January 12, 2009

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