Child healed of fever and convulsions

One day when our son was a toddler, he was running a high fever and started having convulsions. I was very fearful and called a Christian Science practitioner for help through prayer. She was several states away, but I knew the distance didn’t matter because God is everywhere. The ever-present and supreme power of God was the foundation of her prayer.

The practitioner spoke to me of God’s, divine Love’s, tender care for His children, calming my fears and assuring me of our son’s well-being and inseparability from the divine Mind. She emphasized that each of us is indissolubly connected to God.

By the time I hung up the phone ten minutes later, the fever was gone and our son had fallen into a natural sleep. I took him upstairs and laid him on his bed.

I must say that I wasn’t thinking to myself, “Oh, that was a nice healing. I’ll go fix dinner now.” I was like the people in the Bible who felt a deep wonder after witnessing the power of God to heal the sick (see, for example, Matthew 15:30, 31). Never before had I been so afraid, but this experience was proof of these statements on page 151 of the Christian Science textbook: “Fear never stopped being and its action” and “All that really exists is the divine Mind and its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found harmonious and eternal” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures).

Our son slept peacefully through the night, and early in the morning he came bounding downstairs wanting something to eat. There was no trace of illness. 

A couple of months later, when my husband and I were sitting downstairs in the late evening, we heard an unfamiliar noise coming from our son’s bedroom. We quickly went upstairs and found that he had again had a seizure. But having already seen the unreality of this problem earlier, we weren’t afraid. I scooped him up and lay down with him in our bedroom and prayed. My husband went downstairs and prayed. We both knew that our son’s unity with God was an established spiritual fact and could never be interrupted. The episode quickly ended, and our son has never had another seizure.

I am so grateful for the practitioner’s clear vision of our son’s oneness with our Father-Mother God, which brought immediate healing and strengthened my own understanding of our relation to God.

Helen Farmer
Mesa, Arizona, US

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