Digestion issues healed
One spring after college, I worked for a local museum, running a youth camp as its only program leader. On the morning of my first day on the job, I awoke very early in great discomfort.
In the days prior to this, I had experienced some troubling digestive issues but had been able to push past the discomfort and carry on with whatever I was doing. This morning, however, I found moving extremely difficult, and going to work a few hours later seemed impossible. I immediately reached for the Holy Bible along with Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, which together are the Christian Science pastor. I knew that above all, this was an opportunity to know God better. I began reading that week’s Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly (composed of citations from the Bible and Science and Health), and then other passages from Science and Health. After reading, I felt a deeper peace and rested quietly before getting ready for work.
During breakfast, I was reading an article in the Sentinel when a quote from Science and Health caught my attention: “When the mechanism of the human mind gives place to the divine Mind, selfishness and sin, disease and death, will lose their foothold” (p. 176). I knew that “the mechanism of the human mind” included a stream of material thoughts that distracted me from God’s—divine Spirit’s—perfect, spiritual reality. As taught in Christian Science, I could identify these thoughts as not my own, but rather as material suggestions, which were nothing because they did not come from God, good. Mrs. Eddy writes, “Evil is nothing, no thing, mind, nor power” (Science and Health, p. 330). I prayed to be filled with thoughts from God, the only Mind.
When I looked up the quote from the article and read the whole paragraph, I couldn’t help but smile. It begins, “The primitive custom of taking no thought about food left the stomach and bowels free to act in obedience to nature, and gave the gospel a chance to be seen in its glorious effects upon the body” (p. 176). What a perfect healing idea! The worry over my stomach and the effects of food on my body lifted. I knew that through spiritual understanding and a calm trust in God, I would see the “glorious effects” of the gospel in my consciousness and my body. All distress vanished, and the digestive issues were completely healed. I accomplished my tasks for that day with joy and proficiency.
Mrs. Eddy counsels us to turn to the Holy Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health, when faced with challenges. Of the textbook she writes, “Continue to read, and the book will become the physician, allaying the tremor which Truth often brings to error when destroying it” (Science and Health, p. 422). What a beautiful correlative to Christ Jesus’ promise “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). What strength and comfort it is to know that the healing Truth is always at hand.
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