Grateful for three healings

My parents were not church-going people when they met. Shortly before they were married, though, my mother was instantaneously healed of a longtime smoking addiction when out of desperation she turned to a Christian Science practitioner for help, despite not believing in God. Because my parents began developing a relationship with God around the time my brother and I were born, there was a sense in my family that we were growing in faith together. Every night we would get together in my room or my brother’s and say the Lord’s Prayer together. Whenever we were driven to school, we prayed together on the way. I became a Christian Scientist not because it was the family religion, but because I experienced several extraordinary healings as a child and learned to trust in God, my heavenly Parent. I want to share a few of the healings I’ve had praying on my own as a young man.

When I was 19, I went on vacation to Alaska with my family. I was trail-running on a small island when I tripped over a root and twisted my ankle. I hobbled off the path so that I could be quiet, and I sat on a log and prayed. What came to me was the 23rd Psalm, one of my favorite prayers. I had learned the psalm in tenth grade when my English teacher had us choose a poem to memorize and recite in front of the class. To be honest, saying a psalm in front of my peers was pretty embarrassing at the time (I went to school in an area where people didn’t generally talk about their faith in public), but in hindsight, it’s the most useful school assignment I ever did.

Testimony of Healing
Cat restored to health
December 10, 2012

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