Two quick healings

For a couple of days last year, I felt very ill and lethargic, not wanting to do or eat anything. My daughter, who lives near me, offered to bring me meals. I thanked her but said I couldn’t eat.

I sat in my recliner, surrounded by my Bible, Mary Baker Eddy’s writings, and copies of the Christian Science periodicals. I did some reading but wasn’t really absorbing the ideas. In the early afternoon of the second day, my daughter called to invite me to have dinner at her home, which I declined, again saying I just didn’t feel like eating anything and didn’t even want to move.

After her call, though, I decided that enough was enough, and that I needed to challenge this false suggestion of illness with a clearer understanding of the truth about me. I had read the weekly Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly that morning, but now I read it again, carefully pondering the ideas it contained from the Bible and from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. 

I gave special attention to statements about what we truly are as God’s spiritual creation. I affirmed with conviction that I am the perfect child of God, able to express only what God knows. I tried to keep my thoughts centered on the good that I receive from God, ruling out all thoughts about how my body felt. 

Gratitude is a wonderful help in healing, and I thought about all the events and people in my life for which I was grateful. There were many!

I have an old copy of Science and Health in which I have placed sticky notes on many pages, with sentences or paragraphs circled. I turned to that copy and was helped by these two passages: “Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses, Science, still enthroned, is unfolding to mortals the immutable, harmonious, divine Principle,—is unfolding Life and the universe, ever present and eternal” (p. 306) and “Without the so-called human mind, there can be no inflammatory nor torpid action of the system. Remove the error, and you destroy its effects” (p. 378). 

Those two passages gave me much to contemplate in addition to what I had just read in the Bible Lesson. No matter what my body was trying to tell me, it had nothing to do with my true, spiritual identity. I knew harmony was present everywhere in God’s kingdom and therefore must be present in me as God’s creation.

A hymn by Mildred Spring Case was comforting and inspiring. Here is the first verse:

Forget not who you are, O child of God,
For God demands of you reflection pure;
Your heritage is goodly, and your home,
In Spirit’s warm embrace, is safe, secure.
(Christian Science Hymnal: Hymns 430–603,
No. 475, alt. © CSBD)

A reflection can have only the qualities of the original, so I reasoned that as God’s reflection I must include purity, health, vitality, and grace. Suddenly I felt well—and hungry! I looked at the clock and was surprised to see that the whole afternoon had passed while I was immersed in my study and that it was already 5:00. I phoned my daughter to ask if I could still come to dinner, and she joyously said yes. That was the end of the illness.

Another very quick healing occurred while two of my grandchildren were visiting. Early the first morning they were with me, I felt symptoms of a cold coming on. I thought, “No! I will not accept this effort of error to ruin our visit.” By error, I mean the false belief that evil, such as sickness, is real and can interfere with our expression of God, good.

During the next half-hour the symptoms became worse. I turned to the Bible Lesson, which included an allegory depicting a person on trial for his life because of an illness. The prisoner is freed from the death sentence through the defense provided by Christian Science, on the basis that God is the only lawgiver and that therefore, God’s law of health is supreme. The Chief Justice frees the accused, saying, “Our law refuses to recognize Man as sick or dying, but holds him to be forever in the image and likeness of his Maker” (Science and Health, p. 441). 

I declared that I was subject only to God’s law of perfect health, not to any suggestion of illness. I remembered that I had already proved in the healing mentioned earlier that I can express only perfect health. 

After praying and studying for about an hour, I was completely free of all symptoms and enjoyed wonderful activities with my family for the duration of their visit. I am so grateful to have Christian Science to turn to for reliable, effective help in any need.

Nancy Bourcier
Surprise, Arizona, US

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November 15, 2021

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