Pain stops; resentment toward mother fades

About a year ago, I experienced a sudden severe pain in my right arm while eating dinner, which seemed very strange. Though the pain lessened almost immediately, using my arm to do chores and dressing was uncomfortable for a couple of days. Then the pain went away and I must admit that I really did very little to pray about the situation. The pain returned off and on over the next five or six weeks. 

One night, the pain returned again while I was rolling over in bed. Only this time, it was so severe I was crying out loud. I was not even able to settle into a comfortable position. So, I finally resolved to heal the situation once and for all. I decided that I would call a Christian Science practitioner for help in the early morning hours. It felt too cold in the room to sit up and read, so I just tried to pray the best I could in bed.

I asked God to show me what I needed to know. It came to me that each time I was challenged by the pain, I had been very disturbed by my mother. I had been caring for her 24/7 in our home for a year and a half as she had a mobility challenge. She was frequently very critical of me and treated me with little to no respect. The night before this attack of pain, my mother had been particularly verbally abusive, and I became very upset. So, I knew I needed to heal my resentment toward her. I tried to think of all the things about her that I could be grateful for.

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