Significant healing in high school

When I was a senior in high school, I woke up one morning feeling very ill. There was a story on the front page of our local newspaper about strep throat circulating in our community and affecting many people. I felt I was having all the symptoms mentioned in the article.

I called a Christian Science practitioner to help me with my prayers. She pointed me to the description of man in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, which includes this passage: “Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements” (p. 475). In thinking about these ideas, I substituted myself for man and prayed to know that “I am not matter; I am not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements.” This focused my thoughts away from my body, and helped me to identify myself spiritually. I began to see more clearly that what I was feeling wasn’t really a part of me. 

Still, several days later, I was not much better. The practitioner came out to see me, and during her visit I found myself sharing how I was trying to be more popular in school and with my friends. I thought I would be considered cool if I acted rebelliously by lying to my parents instead of being obedient to the rules they’d set and doing what they expected of me. We talked about how I was God’s idea, and that I fully expressed Him. So I didn’t need to break rules to feel independent or gain acceptance. Using the names for God given in Science and Health would give me the true basis for my identity. I reflected Truth, so I could only be honest. I reflected Spirit, so I could only express health. I reflected Love, so I was always loving and obedient. 

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Testimony of Healing
Healed during church service
October 31, 2011

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