Skin condition overcome

I am very happy to share a healing from many years ago that has been a guiding light for me. I think back to it from time to time, and it continues to give me instruction and inspiration.

The skin on my hands had become raw, and I was applying hand cream in an effort to alleviate the pain. I also thought I was praying effectively about the situation. After several days, however, there was no change; the hand cream was not helping, and I determined to instead devote more careful attention to praying about the situation.

So, in the midst of a very busy week, after dropping our children off for their singing and dancing classes, I decided to pray for the two hours or so I had before the lessons finished. 

I got out my Bible along with Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, intending to delve deeply into them. But soon, after only a short time reading, I fell fast asleep.

When I awoke, the words “Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections; . . .” gently washed over me, giving me absolute peace and a wonderful feeling that all was well. These words are part of the spiritual interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer given in Science and Health (p. 17). That clear message felt to me like grace from God. I felt deeply that my hands would soon be back to normal. I packed up my books and went to pick up the children, knowing that Christ—God’s message of our unbroken and tender relation to our dear heavenly Father-Mother—had healed me. I realized that I was not a struggling mortal beset by overwhelming responsibilities, such as children, household, work, and church, and that I had the grace I needed for today. God’s love was nourishing me and everyone.

From that moment on, I simply gave no thought to my hands, and they soon returned to their normal condition. I felt peace and assurance as a lightness replaced the burden of responsibility with relief that God was caring for me and everyone.

This experience reminded me of something Jesus said: “The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth” (John 5:19, 20). As the loved children of God, we can let the Love that is God shine through us, relieve us of a heavy sense of personal responsibility, and restore peace and harmony in our experience. This is the grace we have for today and every day.

My gratitude for this healing and many other proofs of God’s care is profound. 

Juliet Swannell
Newport, Queensland, Australia

O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord.

—Psalms 117:1, 2

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