The light of Truth

In the fourth grade, I had a problem in school. I had been academically successful in math and other skills until that point, so when I started failing math, it was clear that something was wrong.

I don’t remember how we determined this, but the problem was that I was confusing my numbers: 4’s became 7’s; 3’s, 6’s, and 9’s blended together. Today, it would probably be diagnosed as a form of dyslexia—a learning disorder. I was doing the math correctly but using wrong numbers.

I remember praying about this with my dad and a Christian Science practitioner. We talked about the concepts of sight and light. In the Bible there are many stories featuring light and accounts of Jesus restoring people’s sight. At the time, I had been praying to understand more about Truth, a name for God in Christian Science, and I realized that sight is a symbol of understanding. Mary Baker Eddy explains the Science of how Christ Jesus healed others, and notes that “Christian Science brings to light Truth and its supremacy, universal harmony, the entireness of God, good, and the nothingness of evil” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 293).

One day I felt completely engulfed in this light of “universal harmony.” It was the light of spiritual, supreme Truth surrounding me. With this revelation, I was healed. It was just so natural to experience Truth and to once again be seeing the numbers as they were written and doing the math correctly! 

Other events from that year demonstrated how fully I had been healed: I was asked to read from the Bible in a Thanksgiving service at school, and I read it clearly without hesitation or confusion; I also excelled in math that year and in later years. I have not had any problems with reading or my sight ever since. 

Today, when I think about accounts of sight being restored, in the Bible or in the Christian Science periodicals, I am so grateful for my experience and for this deeper understanding of sight and light.

Noëlle Brown
Kennesaw, Georgia, US

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