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Fear and pain healed
One day after work, some coworkers and I were setting up a Thanksgiving gratitude tree, when suddenly I felt pain on the right side of my body. I left the group and went to sit down. I prayed for myself, but could not concentrate because I was very afraid.
After a few minutes, a coworker came and asked me how I was doing. I told her I was not feeling well. She asked, “What would you like me to do?” I asked her to pray for me. My coworker was also a Christian Scientist, and I knew she was accustomed to turning to prayer for healing. I closed my eyes, and she read aloud the answer to the question “What is man?” in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, which begins: “Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements. The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God. Matter is not that likeness.” Further on it continues, “Man is idea, the image, of Love; he is not physique” (p. 475). As she read this explanation, she replaced the word man with my name. It was very sweet to hear. Immediately, the fear diminished, and I felt an assurance that there was nothing to worry about.
Then she asked if I would like her to help me go to my apartment, and for us to read the weekly Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly together. I agreed that this was exactly what I wanted. She thought she would get one of the carts we normally use for transporting equipment to help me get to my apartment, but I felt we could walk together, enabling me to express the freedom and dominion that were mine as God’s idea. However, while walking, I felt so much pain that I leaned toward her. She shared healing truths and recited and sang hymns. These truths helped to move my focus from a painful body and settled my thoughts on my spiritual identity.
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