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Church service heals
One weekend in the summer of 2020, my whole body ached. However, since I was overdue with a major gardening project for some neighbors, and the rain had stopped, I went ahead with it that Sunday afternoon.
The project went smoothly as I prayed about it, and while I was tired when I got home, I felt OK. But during supper I began to feel quite uncomfortable. After my wife and I finished eating, I was ready to head upstairs, take a shower, have some quiet time for more prayer, and go to bed. But that’s when my wife suggested we listen to a replay of the Sunday service from The Mother Church (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston)—our favorite Sunday evening activity. Although I was eager to get to bed, I agreed.
As the service began, I realized I had a choice: I could either pay attention and get something out of it or just let it play in the background before cleaning up and going to bed. I decided to pay attention, trusting that I would benefit from the reading aloud of that week’s Bible Lesson-Sermon from the Christian Science Quarterly, as I always had.
When it came time for the church notices to be read, I heard the First Reader announce, “This is a healing service.” I said, “Yes, this is a healing service.” Throughout that hour, I pondered the healing message of several passages that struck me. At the end, I felt uplifted but was still dealing with discomfort. Then I loudly declared, “God is not sick or aching, so I can’t be either.” I affirmed that the body is not in control of me and that God is in complete and loving control. Then, these two passages from the Lesson-Sermon came to me:
• “Man is not a material habitation for Soul; he is himself spiritual” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 477).
• “Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual,—neither in nor of matter,—and the body will then utter no complaints. If suffering from a belief in sickness, you will find yourself suddenly well” (Science and Health, p. 14).
The very next moment, just as the second passage from Science and Health indicates, I quite suddenly found myself well. I was completely healed. It was as if a light had been turned on and the darkness immediately disappeared. I remember saying, “I just walked out of a dream.”
I went on to have a normal Sunday evening, even getting to bed a little later than usual, as I felt compelled to write up notes on this healing. The next day, I awoke feeling fine, without any hint of discomfort, and I have been well ever since.
Now I can say with conviction, “This is a healing service!” I am so grateful for the powerful love and care that go into all the services of The Mother Church and branch Churches of Christ, Scientist; they are—in truth and in deed—healing!
John F. Cochran II
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