Prayer and forgiveness heal pet

One Sunday in September, after returning home from attending a service in a Church of Christ, Scientist, with my husband, I noticed that the side of our dog’s face and head had become swollen. She is my husband’s dog, and they have been together since she was a puppy, before he and I married. 

The night before the Sunday service, my husband had become upset with me. I felt his concern was unwarranted, so I got upset with him, too. Although the concerns remained unresolved and troubling to us, we attended church together the next morning. When we came home and noticed the inflammation, I sent a text to my mom and dad, asking them to pray for our dog. My dad texted back that the dog was a loved idea of God, and God’s ideas can’t malfunction. He said he would pray, and he encouraged me to pray, too, noting that a pet’s well-being is maintained through the prayer of a loving owner. 

He also pointed out what Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy brings out—that inflammation is fear (see pp. 414–415). He assured me that there was nothing to fear, since God was with me, my husband, and our dog, governing all of us.

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April 23, 2018

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