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After a 21-year career in the United States military, I was undergoing annual VA (Veterans Affairs) medical testing, which was required because I was receiving veterans benefits. During this testing I was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. As a Christian Scientist, I mentally denied this claim as true from the very beginning. Yet the more I denied that it was true, the more evidence was presented to confirm it. It wasn’t enough just to deny the claim; I realized I had to maintain a vigilant reliance on what I had come to understand was the truth about myself as God’s image and likeness.
I held fast to the spiritual fact that God, Spirit, and man, Spirit’s reflection, are one and inseparable; so man could not exist without God, and God could not be manifested without His reflection, man, each one of us. It was crucial for me to hold to this spiritual insight, radically and steadfastly, in order to reject the false claim behind the matter-based diagnosis, to overcome the fear of being separated from God, and to find healing.
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