Grateful for a lifetime of healing

Christian Science means everything to me. The multiple ways its Discoverer, Mary Baker Eddy, provided for us to grow in our understanding of a loving, all-good God and of ourselves as the very expression of that goodness have anchored my life. 

From childhood I was blessed by the shining example of parents, grandparents, and friends who were seeing, living, and proving the value and effectiveness of Christian Science healing and living according to the model provided by Christ Jesus. A landmark healing of a severe internal disorder when I was a child secured my deepest conviction of God’s pure love for me. In the decades since, I have experienced and witnessed countless healings. Two in recent years stand out.

A few years ago, I was struggling with a painful digestive issue that was causing me fear and a lot of sleepless nights. I phoned a Christian Science practitioner, who was available day and night. I also spent a lot of time praying with the Bible Lessons from the Christian Science Quarterly, studying Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, and reading or listening to articles from the Christian Science periodicals in order to fill my thoughts with an awareness of the presence of God, divine Truth and Love. 

I found it especially important upon waking up in the morning to have something ready to read or listen to instead of beginning on a hamster wheel of rumination. Recordings of hymns from the Christian Science Hymnal were also helpful. One that spoke to my heart was Hymn 485. It reads, in part: 

God of creation and Lord of my soul,
Be to me ever my One and my All.
Your presence surrounds me by day and by night; 
While waking or sleeping, I live in Your light. 

                             .   .   .   .   .   .   .

My Father and Mother, my haven of peace, 
My comfort, my healer, my place of release. 

You and You only are first in my heart; 
Ours is a union that never will part. 
And held in Your love, without doubt, without fear, 
I know now within me that heaven is here. 
(Fenella Bennetts, Christian Science
Hymnal: Hymns 430–603, © CSBD)

Over several weeks, I began to feel a softening in attitude, a gentling of spirit, and a humbling as I leaned on Love and let God lead my thoughts. At one point, I needed to make a decision whether to continue with plans for a guest’s visit. A family member urged me to cancel, but as I continued to pray and listen, the thought came that I could completely trust God’s care for both me and the guest, who was so looking forward to the trip. 

This visit turned out to be a sacred time. With human effort put aside, everyone’s sweetness shone. The family member helped out. My friend had no clue I was struggling, and settled naturally into our peaceful, prayerful home atmosphere, resulting in the most rewarding time we had ever spent together. Within a day or two, I was pain-free and completely well.

More recently, while on vacation with my family, I was moving some heavy furniture when I tripped and landed on my knee on the sharp edge of a metal desk. My immediate reaction was to shout aloud, “Absolutely not!” This was my shortcut for insisting that no appearance of an accident could obscure the ever-present harmony of God’s kingdom, where we all permanently dwell. It felt as though I might have broken or punctured my knee. But I continued declaring aloud the truth that all was well—that nothing could harm me, displace me from God’s ever-present care, or disrupt our lovely family vacation. I knew I had to cling tightly to God’s view of the situation and not give an inch to a physical view. I covered my leg with a towel and quietly prayed the twenty-third Psalm, the Lord’s Prayer, and some favorite hymns. These calmed me. Then, I called a Christian Science practitioner to pray with me. 

The practitioner’s response was immediate and effective. When I began to outline a scenario of what type of physical care I might need and how I might best be moved, she gently encouraged me to keep my thought still and stick to the truth of my well-being instead of imagining next steps. This was a good wake-up call to stay focused on Truth. 

Soon, I was able to stand and move to a chair. All the truths that I had claimed for myself and that the practitioner was affirming became very real to me. The pain and fear ceased, and I rejoiced in God’s power and the effectiveness of Christian Science treatment. I was completely healed that afternoon, with no limp or mark remaining and no recuperative period. 

I could not be more grateful for how the study of Christian Science and the provisions of our Church continue to structure and guide my life—from the Bible Lessons studied daily to our weekly services and testimony meetings, annual Christian Science association meetings, and publications available at any time of day or night. Most of all, I am grateful for our unique textbook, Science and Health, which, no matter how many times it is read and studied over a lifetime, shines new light to reveal new lessons.

Sara Hoagland Hunter
Boston, Massachusetts, US

Bible Lens
November 21, 2022

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