Sickness quickly disappears

Last spring, just after businesses began closing in my area in response to the global pandemic, but before the initial shelter-in-place order was given, I was working in my home office one day and began to feel unwell. The thought came to go for a walk to pray and get some fresh air. I was enjoying the beautiful, early spring day, but as I walked, I began to feel lightheaded and quite weak. I managed to make it back home again, where I called a Christian Science practitioner for prayerful treatment. 

I then opened my Bible to the ninety-first Psalm, which I had been praying with a lot at that time. When I read it this time, what particularly stood out was the 14th verse, where God says, “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.” 

It was the last half of the verse that caught my attention. I thought, “What is the name of God, and what does it mean to know it?” Since I pray nearly every day with Mary Baker Eddy’s definition of God in the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, it immediately came to thought: “The great I am; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence” (p. 587). 

As I prayed with this definition, knowing God’s allness and onlyness, I replaced each all with only. For example, God is not just “the all-knowing,” He’s the only-knowing. The only genuine knowing that can ever take place is God’s knowing—what God knows of His creation—because God is the only Mind. There is no mind separate from God that can know anything about God or His creation. Therefore, I can know myself only as God knows me—as His likeness, which is whole and perfect.

As I prayed along these lines through the entire definition, I found myself completely healed within a few minutes, and I have remained free of those symptoms.

I’m so grateful for the effectiveness of Christian Science. “The word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12).

Robert Nofsinger 
Snohomish, Washington, US  

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