Cold symptoms gone, relationships improved

I am grateful to Father-Mother God for leading me to the path of Christian Science, which has brought innumerable blessings into my life. I want to share one healing that took place in 2008. 

One day I started experiencing cold symptoms, including a cough, which became severe and caused me to have difficulty breathing. At that time I was a lecturer at a senior school in Punjab and traveled eighty kilometers daily for work. I delivered live lectures, which were then telecast to about six hundred government schools in Punjab. A lecture was already scheduled for that day, and no substitute could be provided for it. 

I prayed to know the unreality of the symptoms but could not get any relief, so I called a Christian Science practitioner. I apprised her of the condition and of my fear about delivering the lecture while experiencing such severe symptoms. She lovingly told me to surrender to God and pray with this verse from the Bible: “The Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed” (Deuteronomy 31:8). She also asked me to pray with Hymn 370, which begins, “We are hid with Christ forever / In the Father’s holy plan” (Nellie B. Mace, Christian Science Hymnal, © CSBD). The practitioner told me that whatever good work I am doing is a part of God’s plan. When the lecture was planned, it was God’s plan. Now it was time to accomplish the planned lecture, and God would go before me and accomplish the work for me. 

This statement from the Christian Science textbook inspired me a lot: “The true likeness cannot be lost in divine reflection” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 259). From this truth I understood that I am the reflection of God and can never lose the perfection with which I have been created.

At the scheduled time I delivered the lecture, which lasted forty minutes, with no sign of cough or breathlessness. The lecture was telecast live with excellent recording quality. I thanked God for this, but when I returned home, the symptoms came back. 

With the practitioner’s continued help, I gained my freedom from most of the cold symptoms and from the breathlessness, but the cough persisted, and it was difficult to sleep at night. The practitioner told me to watch my thoughts for any resentment. I found I had some resentment toward my in-laws for giving me an extra burden of household work without any gratitude from them. The practitioner encouraged me to consider whether I was doing things for my in-laws as an expression of divine Love, God, or out of fear. She told me that we can love everyone selflessly. I was obedient to this idea, and in a few days the resentment over these issues fizzled out, and I was totally free from all cold symptoms. 

Later on, I prayed for complete healing of my relationship with my in-laws. I read many articles about harmony from the Christian Science periodicals and applied insights from them to my life. My relationship with my in-laws improved, and I have not suffered from such cold symptoms since then. 

I am thankful to God for these healings, to the Christian Science practitioner for her patience and prayerful support, and to Mrs. Eddy for her book Science and Health. After this, I was inspired to work out many problems in Christian Science, and in 2010 became a member of the Christian Science Society, Chandigarh. I was further inspired to take Primary class instruction in 2013. I am grateful to my teacher for Primary class, which gave me sufficiency to work out issues in my life and to help our community.

Himanshu Dhand
Mohali, Punjab, India

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