Heart attack symptoms gone

I have been studying Christian Science for many years and have had healings of various health problems, including a fall from a high ladder (see Sentinel, April 1, 2019). Until recently, though, I had never been confronted with a challenge that seemed life-threatening. 

One evening about a year ago, after a period of strenuous activity, I began to experience aggressive pain of a kind typically associated with a heart attack. It was so severe that I could not sleep or engage in any normal daily activities. The thought came that this situation might be beyond my ability to handle through prayer in Christian Science, and that with life perhaps hanging in the balance, I should take the “safe” course and go to a hospital for treatment. 

Right behind that, though, came the thought that I had been prayerfully claiming for years that God is my Life and that God is omnipotent, able to negate completely the widespread assumption that physical health laws govern us. I saw that despite evidence to the contrary, the law of divine Love, God, was preserving my health and capability, now and forever. The choice, then, was either to stand firm on this truth or to give in to doubt and fear.

Seen this way, I knew the choice I wanted to make. I contacted a Christian Science practitioner to pray with me and immediately began receiving powerful assurances of God’s tender and effective care. I was particularly helped by some citations from the Bible, including “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalms 27:1) and “I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved” (Psalms 16:8).

I felt especially strengthened by the dawning understanding that my continued existence and health are not dependent on what is going on in my thought, but on the unchanging law of God, good, governing the whole universe. 

Over the next few days, the threatening symptoms diminished and finally disappeared. I was soon able to resume my normal daily activities, including a half-hour walk each morning up and down steep hills, without discomfort or fear.

Experiences like this give us increased confidence that we can rely on God, and our growing understanding of Him, in dealing with practical needs. They also motivate us to make further progress in living what we’re learning. As Mary Baker Eddy’s primary text, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, puts it: “Every day makes its demands upon us for higher proofs rather than professions of Christian power. These proofs consist solely in the destruction of sin, sickness, and death by the power of Spirit, as Jesus destroyed them. This is an element of progress, and progress is the law of God, whose law demands of us only what we can certainly fulfil” (p. 233).

Gregory Sandford
Nashville, Tennessee, US

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