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One day last year, while reading the Bible account of the woman who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and was healed of an “issue of blood,” I was struck by Jesus’ words as recorded in Mark’s Gospel: “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague” (see 5:25–34). This healing is also found in the books of Matthew and Luke, but Mark’s account is the only one that says “be whole of thy plague.” I was deeply moved by these words and understood them to be a law of healing.
A few weeks later, I began to experience constant, unnatural bleeding, and I immediately thought of Jesus’ words. I prayerfully affirmed that I am the spiritual expression of God, made in His likeness (see Genesis 1:26), and therefore perfect, healthy, whole, and not susceptible to any form of “plague.” I declared that because I reflect God, divine Love, who is only good, what issued from me as God’s loved daughter could be only God’s good and loving qualities.
As I prayed, I realized that recently I had been irritated by the actions of a friend and had become impatient with this individual. As the woman in the Bible story, yearning for healing, had reached out to touch Jesus’ garment, I reached out to my Father-Mother God and asked to be healed of impatience and criticism. It occurred to me that this friend might be struggling in some way and that what I needed to offer was tenderness and support. Frustration was replaced with humility as I repented of my lack of compassion. As I continued to pray, my heart filled with sweet love for my friend, and I mentally “[went] in peace.”
The gentle message in this verse from a hymn was especially encouraging at this time:
Healed is thy hardness, His love hath dissolved it,
Full is the promise, the blessing how kind;
So shall His tenderness teach thee compassion,
So all the merciful, mercy shall find.
(Peter Maurice, Christian Science Hymnal, No. 278, adapt., © CSBD)
My change of heart resulted in healing. The bleeding stopped and has not returned. And the interactions with this friend have since been happy and filled with love. I’m so very grateful to have experienced this law of healing in my life.
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