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For many years, I had difficulty hearing conversations and certain sounds. One ear was affected, and frequently I had to ask people to repeat themselves. It was embarrassing. Often I tried to avoid talking to soft-spoken people, and I was frustrated when they wouldn’t speak louder. I didn’t like having to ask people to repeat themselves, so sometimes I would answer what I thought they’d said, and then they’d look at me and say, “What are you talking about?”
I prayed diligently for myself, and sometimes asked for help from an experienced Christian Science healer. It was also a very busy time with almost nonstop activities and responsibilities, so sometimes I’d be praying “on my feet.” My hearing would be clearer at times, but the condition still didn’t feel completely healed. Some of the ideas I prayed with include:
“Sound is a mental impression made on mortal belief. The ear does not really hear. Divine Science reveals sound as communicated through the senses of Soul—through spiritual understanding” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 213). And on the next page, “If the medium of hearing is wholly spiritual, it is normal and indestructible.” I studied other ideas that were helpful, especially pondering how a perfect idea could never be anything but complete. My identity as a child of God could never be anything but perfect. “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven” (Psalms 119:89) meant to me that perfect hearing was established now and always.
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