Internal illness healed

One evening many years ago, I started to feel some minor discomfort in my abdominal area, but thought little of it. As the night wore on, though, the mild sensation became a virtually unbearable pain. My husband, who was not a Christian Scientist, selflessly spent most of the night reading to me from the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. Things hadn’t improved by morning, so my husband took the day off work to continue reading and trying to help me find some comfort. 

After several days and nights of this, I realized that something had to change in my thinking. The pain was so great that it was as if a cacophony of loud noises was swirling all around, and I could hardly even hear my own thoughts, let alone pray for myself in the way I usually would. I saw that I needed to find one simple truth I could hold on to in the midst of all the mental noise. I lifted my thought to God for inspiration, and the idea I received was this: “Right now, in this very moment, regardless of what the material senses are saying, I am expressing Life, Truth, and Love, and nothing else.” I understood this to be a truth I was to declare about myself. I held to this thought, mentally repeating the words in defiance of the seeming chaos, knowing that I could express only God and nothing else.

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