A year of healings
2020 was a difficult year, in which the world saw a long list of troubles. But how does this balance with Christ Jesus’ words, “the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17 )? Surely this kingdom, this consciousness of spiritual reality, includes no sickness, sin, death, fear, sorrow, lack, or hatred.
In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, following a reference to Jesus’ words about the kingdom of God being within us, wrote, “This spiritual consciousness is therefore
a present possibility” (p. 574 ).
Every glimpse we strive for and receive of God’s kingdom as being right here and now is healing. I want to share two healings I had in 2020.
In February, my gums suddenly became swollen and seemed infected, so that I was not able to eat much of anything. This went on for a week.
On the first day, I asked for prayerful help from a Christian Science practitioner, and this strengthened me, helping me not to be shocked or fearful. The next day, I was able to continue on my own, praying for myself with joy and conviction. And as the week went on, I gained physical strength and was able to do whatever I needed to do, even though I still wasn’t able to eat normally.
The most interesting part of this healing was the command that came to me in prayer to expand my prayers. Reports were coming in of a different type of infection occurring in other parts of the world. At first that seemed so far away from me. But if I wasn’t willing to pray and help those around the world, how could I expect others to do so? I began to include in my prayers all who were suffering.
I pondered this quote from Science and Health: “The ‘still, small voice’ of scientific thought reaches over continent and ocean to the globe’s remotest bound. The inaudible voice of Truth is, to the human mind, ‘as when a lion roareth.’ It is heard in the desert and in dark places of fear”
(p. 559 ). I felt confident that the Christ, Truth, could be heard everywhere and would comfort and silence fear and heal disease.
When I prayed for others, I was healed. All signs of infection and swelling disappeared completely, and I was able to eat normally. I saw that everyone is included in the kingdom of God, and I continued to expand my prayers.
Later, I suffered a knee injury. I felt and heard a ripping in my knee, and I had to be helped upstairs to the apartment where I was living at the time. The next day I was not able to put any weight on that leg. But having seen so much good from the previous healing, I was ready to tackle this head-on. I settled in on my couch and prayed to see more of God’s perfect kingdom now.
I knew that my structure was completely spiritual because I was the reflection of Spirit, God. Since there were no misalignments in Spirit, there couldn’t be any in me.
Christ Jesus spoke of his body as a temple, and referring to him, the Epistle to the Ephesians says, “in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit” (2:21, 22 ). The understanding of our oneness with God is available to each of us, and I knew I would see complete healing of this difficulty.
Soon, I was able to walk slowly, and every day I gained conviction that pain and immobility were not the truth about me. The Christly understanding of my inseparability from God began to fill my consciousness with more and more light. One day, I realized I was walking completely normally without any pain. What a joy it was to prove that “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31 ).
These healings have remained permanent. I give humble thanks to God.
Consuela Allen Sand
Arlington, Virginia, US