Early this year, an unsightly growth appeared on my cheek, which seemed to grow larger by the day. Since there was often some bleeding, I kept it covered. A life-long Christian Scientist, I was praying diligently to see myself as the image and likeness of God (see Gen. 1:26), a spiritual idea. As Mary Baker Eddy said in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, "A spiritual idea has not a single element of error, and this truth removes properly whatever is offensive" (p. 463). That statement was particularly reassuring.

I continued to pray for several weeks, but the condition seemed to worsen. I have experienced significant healings through Christian Science treatment, of conditions ranging from childhood diseases and broken bones to hay fever and infection, so I was confident in trusting God's loving care and felt no fear. However, my wife and grown children, who are not Christian Scientists, had reached the point of insisting that I have medical treatment.

At about this time, my wife mentioned that a mutual friend from her church, a loving, gentle, and sincere Christian, had talked of being burdened with the concept of having been born "a miserable sinner," bearing the stain of Adam. Since this man exemplifies goodness—admired and loved by all who know him—I felt that I should also think of him as God's pure and perfect idea. I thought and prayed about this for the next few days, not dwelling upon my own situation.

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Testimony of Healing
October 12, 2009

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