Freedom from stomach distress

This was originally written in French and published in The Herald of Christian Science.

My teenage daughter and I were vacationing in a country where I did not know anyone. One night after dinner, I began experiencing a severe stomachache. That country had the reputation of having very unhealthy water, and I had been careful not to drink it. But we were staying at a hotel with a restaurant and all meals were included. I had been overeating, which gave me, in addition to the physical pain, a strong sense of guilt and regret. I did not know how to use the phone to call out of the country, so I was not able to call a Christian Science practitioner for help, which I would have done if I had been at home. In the past, Christian Science practitioners had helped me find healing of all sorts of challenges.

The pain was not lessening, so I thought that if I drank some bottled sparkling water, the discomfort would subside a bit, but that did not help at all. I then asked my daughter to pray with me. She was 19 at the time, and we were used to praying together as a family. All of a sudden, my daughter heard me fall onto the bathroom floor, unable to move, sit, or stand. The pain was getting worse, and I turned to God for help with all my strength.

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