Understanding purity brings healings
When my young daughter suddenly had a rash on her body, I thought of it as an opportunity to see the purity of her identity as God’s reflection. I knew that my daughter’s real nature was spiritual and therefore completely pure, untouched by disease or contagion. I told her that she was pure because she reflected the purity of God. My daughter and I decided to pray to see only the truth of her being as God’s child.
I understood that God is absolutely pure and the source of man’s purity. As God’s reflection, my daughter could not lose her God-given purity any more than God could lose His manifestation of purity. Therefore, it would be impossible for her to display imperfection or a blemish. Neither God nor His manifestation can be contaminated or tarnished. God’s child remains an innocent expression of God, entirely untouched by any suggestion of impurity.
Especially helpful were two statements from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. As part of her answer to the question, “What is man?” Mrs. Eddy states that man “has not a single quality underived from Deity; . . .” (p. 475). This showed me that since the qualities of man, the true identity of each of us, originate in God, we must be as pure as God. Neither the source nor the reflection can be tainted. Man includes all of the elements of purity—such as clearness, newness, and freshness—and not a single quality of impurity.
Science and Health also states regarding man, “The beautiful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry” (p. 63). This second statement caused me to realize that the actual makeup or substance of each of us is God, who is completely pure.
This clear understanding of the truth of her being resulted in a complete healing for my daughter. The rash quickly disappeared from her whole body.
Another opportunity for healing through prayer arose when the school nurse found head lice on my daughter. Right away, I prayed about the purity of our family, our home, and especially my daughter. I also acknowledged the purity of all the children at her school and everyone with whom my daughter had come in contact.
I knew there was no source for contagion. I focused on this truth: “A spiritual idea has not a single element of error, and this truth removes properly whatever is offensive” (Science and Health, p. 463). As a spiritual idea of God, my daughter couldn’t contain a single element of error. She included only the pure truth of God. No erroneous suggestion could change the purity of her being. I trusted that knowing this truth was the most effective way to properly remove what was offensive.
Another truth that helped me was from Psalm 91: “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling” (verses 9, 10). Praying with these verses, I understood that since my daughter is a child of God, her true “habitation,” or home, is God, and she is safe in God’s love and protected from all evil. No contagion could come her way or stop her from expressing the goodness of God. Since nothing impure could attach itself to her being, she remained pure and free. I held to these truths, and my daughter was completely healed. The school nurse checked her and found no sign of the condition.
Both of these healings have been permanent. My heart is filled with gratitude for the healing power of Christian Science.
Gina Marie Murphy
Warren, New Hampshire, US