Alarming symptoms gone

One day I awoke at 4:00 in the morning and found that my vision was blurred. I was extremely dizzy and unable to move around without hanging on to furniture and walls. It was frightening, and I worried it might be a stroke or a heart attack.

I live alone in a rural area, and since it was still so early, I was concerned that no one would know I needed help. I couldn’t even manage to call a Christian Science practitioner for treatment through prayer. I had to lean totally on God to help me handle the overwhelming fear. 

I have relied on Christian Science for healing most of my life. This moment reminded me of another time of extreme fear, during which a practitioner asked me to hold steadfastly to this spiritual guidance from the Bible: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10 ) and “Fear not: for I am with thee” (Isaiah 43:5 ).

I also remembered this instruction from the Christian Science textbook: “Always begin your treatment by allaying the fear of patients” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 411 ). I knew that if I could get rid of the fear, I would be OK. 

Countless ideas and hymns learned in Christian Science Sunday School and shared by Christian Science practitioners and friends over the years flooded my thought, until I quit dwelling on the bodily conditions, and this helped me overcome the fear. By 6:30 that morning the symptoms had vanished. I was able to get out of bed and attend to a busy schedule. This occurred over a year and a half ago, and the healing has been permanent.

This healing proved for me the effectiveness of obeying this counsel from Science and Health: “When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought” (p. 495 ). As a result of doing so, I was healed.

There are no words to express my gratitude for this experience, for the confidence it gave me to continue relying on Christian Science for healing, and for the certainty that God is “a very present help in trouble” (Psalms 46:1 ). This truth can meet our every need. 

Sandra Schaefer 
Marshall, Michigan, US

June 14, 2021

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