A child’s prayers heal hearing problem

When I was in sixth grade, my school gave me an intelligence test. Afterward, they told me I had the intelligence of a fourth-grader. But because I passed every subject, the school still let me go on to the seventh grade. 

After I began seventh grade, my teacher got mad at me. She said I had flunked my spelling test because I wasn’t paying attention. But I had been paying attention; I just couldn’t hear clearly the test words that the teacher read out loud to the class. I missed half of them and felt so frustrated. I didn’t want to tell anyone because I loved my school so much and was afraid I’d have to leave if they knew I couldn’t hear what was going on. So I didn’t tell my mother or my Sunday School teacher. I decided I wanted to pray about this on my own.

I began by thinking about the things I’d learned in the Christian Science Sunday School. Things like the Lord’s Prayer from the Bible and “the scientific statement of being” from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 468). If man is not material but spiritual, as “the scientific statement of being” says, then he cannot have a hearing problem, because man is not made up of matter that can break down and fail. And if God is “all-harmonious,” as indicated in the spiritual sense of the Lord’s Prayer given in Science and Health (see pp. 16–17), then I should be able to hear harmoniously, since I am made in the image and likeness of God. 

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