“Isn’t healing just a coincidence?”

It was no coincidence that a clear understanding of spiritual ideas healed my eye.

These were the earnest words of a visitor at the Christian Science Reading Room where I served as librarian. Although I could not know exactly what he meant, the crux of these types of questions tends to be, “Is God real?” or, “How could healing through prayer be possible?” I assured him that healing through prayer as I had experienced it in Christian Science isn’t happenstance.

When someone is healed through prayer, we are seeing tangible evidence of the reality of God’s, Spirit’s, perfect creation in our experience. Prayer in Christian Science is about more than the surface need for a physical ailment to be healed. It’s about seeing our true, spiritual nature as the expression of God, Spirit, who is the sole source of harmony. Healing through prayer is not a coincidence, but is bringing this infinite and universal harmony to light in our thought and, ultimately, in our health and experience.

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