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Healing of a lump
Several years ago I was elected Second Reader in my branch Church of Christ, Scientist. The Second Reader reads aloud to the congregation the Bible passages in the weekly Lesson-Sermons (found in the Christian Science Quarterly) that are the basis of Christian Science Sunday services. I was happy to serve in this office, but also humbled. Being a Reader is a wonderful privilege and honor, and I wanted to make sure that I was ready for this role.
In preparation, I read the By-Law in the Manual of The Mother Church by Mary Baker Eddy regarding the moral obligations for Readers of The Mother Church and its branches. It says, “They must keep themselves unspotted from the world,—uncontaminated with evil,—that the mental atmosphere they exhale shall promote health and holiness, even that spiritual animus so universally needed” (p. 31).
To be uncontaminated with evil, we need a pure thought that is gained through an understanding of God as Spirit and each of us as spiritual, the likeness of Spirit. This understanding helps us to perceive our true, spotless nature as God’s children.
I share this experience as an illustration. For many years I had a lump, or cyst, on my scalp. It had started out pea-sized, but over a period of eight or so years, it became the size of a walnut. It never hurt, nor was it bothersome, until I had to change my hairstyle so it wouldn’t show. I had at various times poked and prodded the lump, but nothing happened.
With my election to the office of Reader, I knew it was time for healing. I engaged a practitioner for metaphysical treatment and studied and prayed to understand two statements in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “A spiritual idea has not a single element of error, and this truth removes properly whatever is offensive” (p. 463), and, “Inasmuch as God is good and the fount of all being, He does not produce moral or physical deformity; therefore such deformity is not real, but is illusion, the mirage of error” (pp. 243–244).
Two to three weeks later, my head felt a bit sore. I touched the area, and it was tender and moist. The lump had started to drain. Within the week, it had drained completely, and the opening had completely closed.
The following Sunday I took my place on the Readers’ platform at church and read from the Bible with a joyful heart.
I am so grateful for both this healing and this proof that God’s laws produce harmony and are relevant and accessible today—and in every age.
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