Christian Science heals quickly and wholly

In the Manual of The Mother Church, Mary Baker Eddy wrote: “I recommend that each member of this Church shall strive to demonstrate by his or her practice, that Christian Science heals the sick quickly and wholly, thus proving this Science to be all that we claim for it” (p. 92). And in Science and Health, she wrote: “The power of Christian Science and divine Love is omnipotent. It is indeed adequate to unclasp the hold and to destroy disease, sin, and death” (p. 412).

A number of years ago, I traveled to attend my annual Christian Science association meeting. I was feeling well when I checked in at the hotel, but later in the evening I began to feel the symptoms of flu. I worked metaphysically, knowing that this claim was a lie. I affirmed my perfection as the image and likeness of God. I went to bed holding to that truth, but awakened in the night with more alarming symptoms. I knew that animal magnetism—the false belief that I was material and subject to disease—could not interfere with my association meeting. As I sat on the bed listening for God’s voice, the Bible passage came to my thought that raised me up from the bed, “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven” (Ps. 119:89). To my consciousness, at that moment, the “word” was representative of “man,” including myself; and “heaven” stood for “harmony.” By the time I was standing up, I was healed. In that instant I found myself completely well.

As I was thanking God, I heard the Father’s voice saying, “Son, go back to bed.” I slept the rest of the night and attended my association meeting rejoicing. This healing pointed to something Mary Baker Eddy wrote in Science and Health: “Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual,—neither in nor of matter,—and the body will then utter no complaints. If suffering from a belief in sickness, you will find yourself suddenly well” (p. 14).

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