Healed in “church without walls”

Many years ago, before our children were born, I accompanied my husband on a lengthy business trip to India. We were there for three months and enjoyed exploring many parts of the country and immersing ourselves in India’s history and traditions.

One morning, I woke up feeling very unwell. Although it was a Sunday, my husband had to work all day, so I was alone in our hotel room. I knew my husband was praying for me, but I was filled with fear and felt very far from home. There were no Churches of Christ, Scientist, or Christian Science practitioners in the area, and making telephone calls to other countries had already proved difficult. But I had brought with me on the trip my Bible, as well as the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. In my hour of need, I reached out to my Father-Mother God for help and comfort.

Science and Health says, “The ‘still, small voice’ of scientific thought reaches over continent and ocean to the globe’s remotest bound” (p. 559 ). As I prayed, I recalled that it was Sunday morning, and it occurred to me that Christian Science church services would be in progress during the day throughout the world. The truths in that week’s Bible Lesson-Sermon from the Christian Science Quarterly, which was being read in all those church services, were pouring out “over continent and ocean to the globe’s remotest bound,” including India, and right into our hotel room in Poona!

At that moment, I had a wonderful sense of being actively included in those healing services—of being one with other Christian Scientists around the world as they gathered for their Sunday services. I recalled the Day of Pentecost in the Bible’s book of Acts, when the disciples came together “with one accord in one place” (2:1 ). I began studying the Lesson-Sermon as I lay in bed, rejoicing that I was part of the spiritual idea of Church on that sunny morning in India, at one with Church as defined in Science and Health. This definition begins, “The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle” (p. 583 ). The second half of that definition, highlighting the practicality of church, seemed particularly relevant at that moment. To me this definition said that our church is a church without walls whose message goes out to heal and bless the world.

When my husband returned that evening, I was well and happy, and we enjoyed a hearty meal in the hotel dining room.

Mrs. Eddy writes, “The rays of infinite Truth, when gathered into the focus of ideas, bring light instantaneously, . . .” (Science and Health, p. 504 ). Those rays of Truth certainly reached me on that day in India, and for this healing, and for everything that Christian Science means to me, I am forever grateful.

Cathrine Hogg
Leatherhead, Surrey, England

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